BHUJ, India (Dec. 11, 2015) — Balkrishna Industries Ltd.'s (BKT) steady move into the giant radial OTR sector will continue in 2016 with the addition of a 51-inch size, company officials disclosed during the recent ceremonial opening of the firm's $500 million Bhuj factory in northwest India.
BKT's largest tire now is the 27.00R49, used in mining and quarry applications. The company has a dedicated tire building and curing area within the 313,500-sq.-ft. factory complex for the giant sizes. The plant can turn out three such tires a day, based on the current complement of equipment in this area.
This existing building area can be adjusted to make the 51-inch sizes, according to Dilip M. Vaidya, president and director, technology. BKT sourced the dedicated building equipment for giant tires from Tianjin Siaxiang Technology Co. Ltd.