Balkrishna Industries Ltd.’s Chopanki, India, also known as BKT, received the prestigious SQEP Silver Award for Supplier Quality Excellence Process Certification at an official ceremony in Seregno, Italy, on 15 Sep’17. Caterpillar bestows the award on suppliers that “are able to achieve the highest levels of quality and process control,” says BKT. The Indian tire manufacturer not only joined Catepillar’s “Program for Excellence,” but also obtained original equipment homologations for two of its tires: the Earthmax SR 47 and Earthmax SR 45. The tires will be fitted on different models of CAT equip. Officially inaugurated in 2006, the Chopanki site specializes in the production of all-steel radial tires for the industrial and OTR sectors. BKT also has tire plants in Aurangabad, Bhiwadi and Bhuj, India, plus a modern mold plant in Dombivali, India. Earthmax SR 47, will be fitted on the CAT 773E dump truck, which has a capacity of 60 tons. The tire has been developed specifically for rigid dumpers for use on severe surfaces. It features a long life-cycle thanks to the deep E4-class tread and the special lug pattern designed for the purpose of providing excellent traction in addition to regular tread wear. This pattern is also available with a special cut resistant compound. Ensuring enhanced resistance against cuts and punctures. Earthmax SR 45, will be fitted on the Cat 770G dump truck, which has a capacity of 40 T. Also designed for rigid dumpers, the tire is made of a special compound that is particularly resistant against cuts, abrasion and impacts, risks that often occur under extreme operating conditions. This results in significantly reduced equipment standstill times along with increased productivity. The tire also features a special lug design that provides extraordinary traction. The deep tread ensures a long tire life.