Trial production has started at BKT’s new state-of the-art site in Waluj, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The result of a $56 million investment, the plant’s annual production capacity is around 30,000 MT of Off-Highway tires.
The plant will employ approximately 500 people when its at full capacity, and will manufacture medium- and small-diameter tires, designed for machinery operating in the agricultural and industrial industries.
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 in fact a new greenfield plant located 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 reorganization of departments and work flows for maximum efficiency. With the foundation stone laid in June 2019, this site arose during the pandemic. BKT was determined to ensure the safety of all those working on the project before continuing with its realization. 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 of course fulfilling all the due safety requirements.