Caterpillar awards BKT’s Bhuj plant SQEP Gold certification

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 07 Jan 2021


BKT installed special machinery at its Bhuj, Gujarat plant to produce the Earthmax SR 468, a 57-inc tyre, which is the largest tyre size ever made by BKT and is designed to go on rigid dump trucks.

American construction machinery and equipment company Caterpillar has awarded BKT Tires’ (Balkrishna Industries) Bhuj plant SQEP (supplier quality excellence process) Gold certification, an important acknowledgement reserved for suppliers who have stood out during the year for achieving the highest levels in terms of quality and control over processes.

The Bhuj production site is BKT's flagship facility, which was started in 2015, and is one of the group's most innovative factories: an autonomous, cutting-edge plant in terms both of its manufacturing assets and its infrastructure to support its employees.

At the facility, the company manufacturers radial tyres for Caterpillar’s Earthmax range vehicles. The tyres are specifically designed to facilitate better ground load distribution for dump trucks, wheel loaders, dozers, graders and some multi-purpose vehicles. In addition, the tyres in the Earthmax range stand out for their all-steel, structure, which guarantees resistance for the casing of these products and better distribution of ground loads.

BKT rolls out ginormous 57-inch tyre

BKT says the SQEP Gold certification besides rewarding the company’s commitment in logistics and its range of innovative, high-quality products, is further confirmation of the successful collaboration between Caterpillar and BKT, which lays the basis for even stronger synergies and partnerships in the future.

Arvind Poddar, chairman and MD, Balkrishna Industries said: “This certification really means a great deal to BKT. We are proud of receiving this prestigious recognition from Caterpillar and we hope in future years not only to maintain our high standards and performance with our customers, but to even go further by continuously improving: BKT's journey is one marked by continuous evolution and development.”


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