Trial production has started at BKT’s new state-of the-art site in Waluj, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. With a $ 56 million investment, its annual production capacity is around 30,000 MT of Off-Highway tyres. There will be around 500 people working at this plant when it’s at full capacity. The plant will be manufacturing medium and small diameter tyres, designed for machinery operating in the agricultural and industrial sectors.
For BKT this new plant is a strategic choice which not only increases its production, but also makes it more efficient.
The site, spread over 22 acres, is a new greenfield plant located, at just 5 km from BKT’s existing and first ever production facility in Waluj, which was opened in 1987.
The project focused on the construction of a cutting-edge plant from both a structural and mechanical point of view and on the reorganisation of departments and work flows for maximum efficiency.
With the foundation stone laid in June 2019, this site developed during the pandemic. BKT was determined to ensure the safety of all those working on the project before continuing with its production. However, the health emergency did not curb BKT’s desire to move forward, with a positive message to the market: “it can be done”, while fulfilling all the due safety requirements.
As always, the company aims high and intends to expand its share of the Off-Highway market, following a philosophy summarised by Arvind Poddar, BKT President and CEO: “Growth is our commitment. Looking ahead is our constant goal. A company that cannot look boldly towards its future is like a person who cannot dream”.