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Talent for innovation is a core competency of the BKT Research and Development Division and one of our company’s strengths. Investments in R&D are a fundamental key to success to compete in a complex global market with rapidly evolving needs. For this reason, we invest about 3.5% of our annual sales into R&D.
Our R&D division deals with anything related to the technical product development: from designing a new tire to developing new compounds to improve product performance as well as implementing always more efficient production processes.
Customer satisfaction is our number one goal. It is the drive for our research engineers to develop always more enhanced Off-Highway tire solutions. It is the key for raising standards and making BKT products always more reliable, more competitive and highly technological. Each tire developed by our R&D division is subject to strictest quality controls in order to ensure best performance. The careful analysis of user expectations goes hand in hand with the innovative design of new materials and compounds.
Our R&D division consists of more than 90 staff members including researches, engineers and technicians working in different teams and departments across our production sites:
The R&D Center in Chopanki hosts several laboratories cooperating closely together at every stage: an analysis laboratory, a chemical laboratory, a physical laboratory as well as an area for rigorous tire testing and not least a special facility for All Steel radial tire prototypes.
At our headquarters in Mumbai, all Research and Development activities are coordinated. The central R&D department has modern workstations for design and advanced software simulations. These enables us to evaluate every tire feature down to the smallest detail.
A new and modern Research and Development Center is being built at the Bhuj production site. The Center is going to host a special team for developing top-of-the-range solutions. In addition, a modern testing ground for in-depth tire performance tests simulating real application conditions will be ready soon. This new facility will enable us to rely on timely and precise data and analyses to ensure best tire performance. Aiming at continuous quality improvement and the best adaptation to always more specific Off-Highway applications, this new facility is an important achievement for our company.
As a result of our extensive R&D activities, we design, develop and produce about 60-80 new BKT tires every year. Presently, the average time to market for a new BKT tire at global level is 6-8 weeks only.
BKT’s excelling technological progress has been recognized by the Indian government through the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) and the Department of Science & Technology (DST). In India, we have been the first to produce radial tractors for exportation. Moreover, we have been the first to produce All Steel radial tires for the OTR sector.
Our R&D activities do not stop with the launch of a new BKT tire on the market. We have set up a continuous monitoring process to control product performance. This process includes include both the feedback from distributors and real experiences from final users providing us with information on the tire use and its performance in the several applications on international markets. These monitoring activities are carried out by our technical support team for the different regions in the world in cooperation with our technicians on site, who regularly visit our customers in the United States, Canada and in Europe to check tire conditions, pressure, wear and the product life-cycle status.