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Arvind Poddar, president and CEO of the BKT Group, outlines the history of the Earthmax tyre
Earthmax, the radial tyre line-up by BKT
, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with events on the Greek island of Crete.
Designed to favour enhanced load distribution on the ground for dumpers, wheeled loaders, dozers, graders and some other multi-purpose vehicles, BKT says the tyre is a milestone in its history.
It points out that the tyre is the result of continuously thinking big, of tireless research and the strong desire for improvement taking new ideas and approaches to the market.
The Indian-based multi-national company says it has been able to offer a response to the most critical situations in the OTR segment by introducing always more specialty and performance products that can master harsh terrains demonstrating great versatility and durability.
All Earthmax patterns have an all-steel structure as a common feature, conferring increased resistance to the casing against impacts such as punctures, cuts, wear, heat or any other adverse conditions. These are essential qualities in case of obstacles that might expose tyres to the serious risk of damages.
In addition to durability, all 25 models of the range, available in several sizes and versions, are said to come with extraordinary traction and stability among other advantages in order to easily move on the surfaces of big construction sites, quarries and mines.
“Ten years of success for our Earthmax range: safety, performance and quality, which have been continuously further developed, acquiring step-by-step an enormous meaning for our corporate history,” says Arvind Poddar, president and CEO of the BKT Goup.
“Our past, present and future are concentrated in this tyre line-up. For this reason, celebrating this anniversary today, means to highlight the values of innovation and progress, which have led our company ever since.”
BKT says its goal has always been to improve the product quality and enhance the solutions offered.
Today, the company says it is at the forefront for sustainable tyre manufacturing, not least thanks to a recent agreement with a US biotechnology company.
Within the context of this cooperation, new compounds will be developed on the basis of TKS rubber, which will gradually replace natural rubber.
“We are developing high-performance compounds by using nano-materials, which ensure improved thermal and mechanical stability. Examples for this experimental research are graphene, nano-clay and carbon black.” Says Mr Dilip Vaidya, president and director of technology at BKT.
“For the latter material, BKT has recently set up a plant stretching over eight hectares at Bhuj [BKT’s state-the-art Indian plant opened in 2015].
“This is a great advantage for our Earthmax tyre line-up under the sign of always looking ahead to face new future challenges with the traditional passion and spirit.”