BKT has won the Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification Silver Award from Caterpillar for its Chopanki plant, India. The award is bestowed to Caterpillar suppliers that are able to achieve the highest levels of quality and process control. BKT is the only Indian tyre manufacturer now part of this Program for Excellence. Besides, BKT 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 Caterpillar SQEP Silver Award is a very prestigious and aspired accolade. 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,” said Arvind Poddar, Chairman and Managing Director, BKT.

Officially inaugurated in 2006, the Chopanki site, India is specialised in the production of All Steel radial tyres for the industrial and OTR sectors. All BKT tyre lineups are entirely produced in India at the production sites of Aurangabad, Bhiwadi and Chopanki, to which adds a modern mold plant in Dombivali and last but not least the latest production site in Bhuj provided with state-of-the-art facilities and machinery.

Earthmax SR 47 and Earthmax SR 45 are manufactured at Chopanki. BKT has obtained the homologation for the supply for two CAT equipment models, namely the CAT 773E dump truck with a capacity of 60 tons – equipped with Earthmax SR 47 24.00 R 35 – and the 770G model with a capacity of 40 tons – fitted with Earthmax SR 45 size 18.00 R 33.

The CAT equipment are dump trucks designed for mining and quarry applications as well as for the use in the construction sector.