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18 October 2017

BKT’s tyres earn top award from Cat

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BKT has obtained homologation for the original equipment supply of two tyres for two Cat dump trucks

Caterpillar has granted Indian tyre manufacturer BKT ’s Chopanki production plant the prestigious SQEP Silver Award for Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification.

The award is bestowed to Caterpillar suppliers that can achieve the highest levels of quality and process control.

This means BKT is now part of this Program for Excellence, and it has also obtained homologation for the original equipment supply of the two tyres Earthmax SR 47 and Earthmax SR 45 to be fitted on two different models of Cat equipment.

The company says this is another success for BKT that, thanks to the Chopanki plant in Rajasthan, India, has been able to comply with all requirements of the SQEP Silver Award, positioning itself “among Caterpillar’s best suppliers.”

Officially inaugurated in 2006 to increase BKT’s production capacity, the Chopanki site specialises in the production of all-steel radial tyres for the industrial and OTR sectors.

All BKT tyre line-ups are entirely roduced in India at the production sites of Aurangabad, Bhiwadi and Chopanki, and the company also has a modern mould plant in Dombivali and the latest production site in Bhuj, which has state-of-the-art facilities and machinery.

It is at Chopanki, where the Earthmax SR 47 and Earthmax SR 45 are manufactured, where BKT has obtained the homologation for the supply for two Cat equipment models, the 773E dump truck with a capacity of 60tonnes (equipped with Earthmax SR 47 24.00 R 35) and the 770G dump truck model with a capacity of 40tonnes, which is 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 in rock quarries.

BKT says 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-class 18.00 R 33 and 24.00 R 35.

The Earthmax SR 45, also ideal for rigid dumpers, is made of a special compound that is particularly resistant against cuts, abrasion and impacts, risks that often occur under extreme operating conditions.

BKT says this results in significantly reduced equipment standstill times along with increased productivity. The special lug design provides extraordinary traction, whereas the deep tread ensures a longer tyre life, increasing productivity. The tire is available on the market in size 18.00 R 33.

The Cat equipment, for which the BKT tyes have been homologated, are dump trucks designed for mining and quarry applications as well as for the use in the construction sector.

“This is a great result we are really proud of. The Caterpillar SQEP Silver Award is a very prestigious and aspired accolade,” says Arvind Poddar, Chairman and Managing Director of BKT.

“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.”

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