Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, BKT has completed the construction of a $56 million plant that is capable of producing 30,000 million tonnes of off-highway tyres per year.
Trial production has started at the plant in Waluj, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, where medium and small diameter tyres for the agricultural and industrial industries will be manufactured. The site not only increases production for the company, but it will also make the company more efficient.
The site is spread over 22 acres and will employ around 500 people when it is working at full capacity. It’s located just 5km from BKT’s first production facility in Waluj, which was opened in 1987.
Development was 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 workflows for maximum efficiency. The foundations were laid in June 2019 and the company ensured the safety of all those working on the project during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Arvind Poddar, BKT president and CEO said: “Growth is our commitment. Looking ahead is our constant goal. A company which cannot look boldly towards its future is like a person who cannot dream”.