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Spotlight- BKT

From Growing Together, to Talking Together

BKT earns SQEP silver award from Caterpillar, and homologation of two Earthmax models for two different CAT dump trucks

Long before global OEMs discovered the virtues of using India as a global manufacturing base, BKT was already ‘Making in India, Selling globally.’ Over the years BKT demonstrated its expertise as a Tier I Vendor in a very difficult segment, off-highway tyres, which always operate in harsh environments. Going beyond its tag line ‘Growing Together’ BKT is now ‘Talking Together’ with the OEMs it supplies. BKT must have really talked to CAT during the product co-development and obtain homologation for two different products from a global leader. It also won BKT the prestigious SQEP Silver Award for ‘Supplier Quality Excellence Process ‘Certification. These top accolades are evidence of the Indian multinational’s continuous development as an original equipment supplier.

Caterpillar granted the SQEP award at an official ceremony last month at BKT’ Chopanki production plant. The prestigious SQEP is bestowed to Caterpillar suppliers that are able to achieve the highest levels of quality and process control only. BKT is now part of this Program for Excellence. It now has homologation for original equipment supply of the two tyres Earthmax SR 47 and Earthmax SR 45 to be fitted on two different models of CAT equipment.

This is another success for BKT that, thanks to the Chopanki plant, it has been able to comply with all requirements of the SQEP Silver Award, positioning themselves among Caterpillar’s best suppliers. A certification awarding the Indian multinational company’s commitment to offering high-quality solutions that are evidence of the attention drawn to product performance as well as to the research in sustainability and innovation.



Officially inaugurated in 2006 for the purpose of increasing BKT’s production capacity, the Chopanki site is specialized in the production of all steel radial tyres for the industrial and OTR sectors. All BKT tire lineups are entirely produced in India at the production sites of Aurangabad, Bhiwadi, and Chopanki, to which adds a modern mold plant in Dombivali, and last but not least the latest production site in Bhuj boasting a state-of-the-art facilities and machinery.

It is right at Chopanki, where the Earthmax SR 47 and Earthmax SR 45 are manufactured, for which BKT has obtained the homologation for the supply for two CAT equipment models, namely the CAT 773E dump truck with a capacity of 60 tons – equipped with Earthmax SR 47 24.00 R 35 –and the 770G model with a capacity of 40 tons – fitted with Earthmax SR 45 size 18.00 R 33.



Earthmax SR 47 has been specifically developed for rigid dumpers and the material transport on the most critical surfaces such as one found in rock quarries. A characteristic feature is its long life-cycle thanks to the deep E4-class tread and the special lug pattern designed for the purpose of providing excellent traction in addition to regular tread wear. This pattern is also available with a special “cut resistant” compound version ensuring enhanced resistance against cuts and punctures. Earthmax SR 47 is available on the market in sizes E4-class18.00 R 33 and 24.00 R 35.
Likewise perfect for rigid dumpers is Earthmax SR 45, made of a special compound that is particularly resistant against cuts, abrasion and impacts, risks that often occur under extreme operating conditions. This results in significantly reduced equipment standstill times along with increased productivity. Moreover, the special lug design provides extraordinary traction, whereas the deep tread ensures a longer tire life, increasing productive efficacy over the time. The tire is available on the market in size 18.00 R 33.

The CAT equipment, for which the BKT tyres have been homologated, are dump trucks designed for mining and quarry applications as well as for the use in the construction sector. These pieces of equipment are highly productive and reliable, and focus on the user’s need to transport more material at a lower cost per ton.

Arvind Poddar, CMD, BKT, beams, “This is a great result we are really proud of. The Caterpillar SQEP Silver Award is a very prestigious and aspired accolade. Not only does it confirm our product’s great quality, but also the excellence of our production system. The homologation as official CAT supplier is a further acknowledgement of our products’ high specialist level and evidence of both our development and growth as far as Original Equipment is concerned. Pushing forward this market is one of our main strategic objectives testifying both the quality and reliability BKT has achieved for the large global manufacturers.”

The foundation of BKT has been built on the pillars of R&D, technology and best-in-class quality. This has enabled BKT to develop 150–160 new SKU’s (Stock Keeping Units) every year. This has led to an impressive portfolio of 2600 SKUs, which include; bias, radial, solid, and all-steel radial tyres for a wide range of Off-Highway applications. The company has its own R&D Centre which develops these tyres that can encounter the toughest and the most hostile terrains faced during mining and industrial activities.

Quality conscious users which adhere to stringent conformity standards in markets like Europe, America, LSA, Middle East, and Asia, prefer BKT as their supplier. The international quality of BKT is achieved by using the foremost quality of raw materials that are processed through the most advanced and developed technology.

“Each product passes over 450 stages of tests. The result of this rigorous practice being that BKT products are known for their reliability and have the lowest claim ratio in the industry.” Rajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director, BKT.

The commitment to quality products is testified by the adherence to the strictest quality benchmarks with international certifications such as ISO 9001-2008 & ISO 14001-2004.

“We invest heavily every year into R&D, to upgrade our plant facilities and develop new products. Our competition is with global tyre giants, so we always have to have an edge over technology if we have to compete with them. If you look at all steel OTR radial tyres for mining, we are the Pioneers from India.” Arvind Poddar, Chairman & Managing Director, BKT



Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) is an India based tire manufacturer. The BKT group offers a large and always updated production range of off-highway tyres specially designed for vehicles in the agricultural, industrial, earthmoving, mining, ATV and gardening sector. BKT’s innovative solutions designed for the most differing user needs include more than 2,400 products sold in over 160 countries worldwide.


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