India-based BKT made its debut
at Automechanika 2018 in Frankfurt, the world’s leading trade fair for the
automotive service industry. The 25th edition of the tradeshow for the first
time also included the Reifen show on tyres.
“Automechanika in Frankfurt
means the untold new challenge for us,” Ms. Lucia Salmaso, MD of BKT Europe
stated. “We are fully aware of taking part in a big and prestigious platform
having a strong appeal to an international audience. We deeply hope that this
collocation within such a significant frame will provide us with the
opportunity to meet and have a dialogue with a new kind of public in view of
growing the business and of spotting both opportunities and space for growth.
As always and everywhere, we are taking our style in terms of trade show
appearances to Frankfurt and are confident to make our mark - as it usually
happens,” she added.
The BKT booth hosted a giant
dumper and a huge tractor that are both fully made of plexiglass. The dumper had
a weight of 6.5 tons and was built by means of a load-bearing structure
consisting of 68 connecting tubes and 530 turned nylon spacers fastening 127
plexiglass sheets (4 tons) that were cut by means of laser technology.
This piece of mega equipment
scaled 1:1 was fitted with six Earthmax SR
45 M tyres (size 24.00 R 35), which are specifically designed for rigid
dumpers. Since these tyres must provide maximum performance even under the
toughest conditions, they feature an all steel casing, a class E-4 tread depth
as well as cut resistant and heat resistant compounds. This mix of elements
ensures both excellent traction and outstanding resistance even over long-haul
The plexiglass tractor, instead,
had a weight of 1,500 kg and is equipped with a cutting-edge latest-generation
tire, namely Agrimax V-Flecto in the two sizes VF 710/60 R 42 NRO and VF 600/60
R 30 NRO. Specifically engineered for enhancing the performance of the
technologically most advanced tractors, this tyres offers a winning mix of
features making it unique in its kind: reduced soil compaction, minor operating
costs, combined usage in the fields and on the road without the need for
changing inflation pressure as well as increased load capacity (+40%) at the
same inflation pressure of a standard tyre of the same size.
Also Portmax PM 93 and BK-Loader
53 were on display at the stand. The first is a specific tyre for intermodal
transport, and perfectly suitable for straddle carriers. Particularly
resistant, extraordinarily durable and ensuring a high load capacity is Portmax
PM 93 – a tyre that is able to handle even the heaviest loads maintaining a
high level of stability. Moreover, it provides the operator with a comfortable
drive without slipping and reduces fuel consumption at the same time.
BK-Loader 53 is BKT’s first tyre
that is specially designed for recycling operations. It features an
aramid-belted structure, a special tread pattern ensuring excellent lateral
stability along with an extra deep tread, which stands for extraordinary
resistance against wear, cuts and punctures. In addition, BK-Loader 53
distinguishes itself by means of top self-cleaning properties as well as
excellent grip and traction on both wet and dry surfaces.
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