Founded: 1987 as a bicycle tire maker, then adding auto rickshaw and car tires to the mix. In the early 1990s, BKT went full steam into the off-the-road tire business.
Based: Mumbai, India
Number of generations: three—Mahabirprasad Poddar, founder and late chairman; his son Arvind Poddar, chairman and managing director; grandson Rajiv Poddar, joint managing director.
Number of employees: 7,500
Number of plants: 5—in Aurangabad, Bhiwadi, Chop¬anki, Dombivali and Bhuj, India.
Key to longevity: BKT said it has been a pioneer seeking competitive advantages through developing new and innovative solutions and continuously investing in R&D. Its core values are the main reasons for success, according to the company, and include customer first, integrity, transparency, passion, innovation, family environment, commitment and social responsibility.
Today BKT manufactures and distributes OTR tires for agricultural, construction and industrial vehicles as well as earthmoving, port and mining, ATV, golf and gardening applications. The company recently opened its largest production plant, in Bhuj, India, which Rajiv Poddar said will almost double capacity “and thus help in pushing the growth momentum at BKT.”