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JK Tyre rides on sports event to brand new product

JK Tyre rides on sports event to brand new product
Jetracing, the first-ever truck racing tyre in India from JK Tyre, took India’s first ever truck racing event — the T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship — by storm. Coming from the pioneers of Truck Radials in India, JK Tyre had developed and designed the new truck racing tyres especially for this event.  The combination of the Prima trucks of Tata Motors fitted with Jet Racing received an overwhelming response from participants and excited onlookers and has definitely brought in a revolution in the Indian racing scenario.

The T1 Prima Racing Trucks, equipped with the JK Tyre truck racing tyres, were designed to meet the most grueling braking conditions of a racing circuit. The tyres, which amount up to a size of 315/80R22.5, can take the speed up to an excess of 150 kmph and have been designed using the technology of asymmetric tread pattern for excelling handling on a dry pavement.

Its asymmetric shoulder drop with a rounded outer shoulder enables very good cornering and lateral stability while its shallow circumferential grooves with optimized groove sections provide excellent head dissipation. In addition, the tyres’ optimised belt package, in terms of lay and angle, deliver excellent tread stiffness that enhances the steering and handling ability of the vehicle.

Made of a tread compound design that gives an exceptional grip and braking performance on the racing track, the tyres ensure that the vehicle is in control even during the most intense stages of a race. They have a specially designed inner layer that facilitates excellent air retention.

Steve Horne, British Truck Racing Association organiser and development driver for the Prima T1 Race trucks, said, ‘We are very happy with JK Tyre. They have built a fantastic tyre for us — rugged and reliable, good compound, grippy, working very well.’

British racer Stuart Oliver, a ten-time British Truck Racing Championship, won the inaugural T1 Prima Racing Championship with a time of 30:26:848 minutes. Commenting on Jetracing, he said, “The tyres’ performance was really good. The entire combination of the machine and the tyres was really commendable.”

Grahan Powell, 2010 BTRA division 2 champion, said, ‘We have all got the same tyres and the racing has been very close because of this. We all crossed the lines within four seconds of each other, which is terrific. The trucks are good, the tyres are good. It’s been fantastic.’

Veteran BTRA driver Paul McCumisky, who has raced since 1986, said, ‘The Prima responds and turns in well and I think the JK tyres have helped it around the circuit quite a lot. It wasn’t till the last couple of laps that the tyres started going off.’

Delighted with the success of the first-ever truck racing championship, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd President & Director A  K Bajoria said, ‘We at JK Tyre are proud to have received a positive response from the racers for India’s first truck racing tyre. With the successful debut of Truck Racing in India, we are confident that our partnership with the much revered sport will be a long and healthy one. This, of course, is another step forward for us in our endeavor to further strengthen Motorsports in India.’

JK Tyre has played a pivotal role in making India the motorsport hub of Asia by promoting Motorsports in India for over three decades and has strived to bring it at par with the global landscape. Part of the JK Organisation, JK Tyre& Industries Ltd is a leading four-wheeler tyre manufacturer in India and the 19th largest manufacturer in the world with a wide range of products catering to diverse business segments in the four-wheeler automobile industry.

The company has a global presence in 90 countries across six continents, with nine plants in India and Mexico. With the commissioning of the greenfield project at Chennai, its capacity across nine plants exceeds the 20 million tyres per annum milestone in India and Mexico, with firm plans for enhancement of truck and bus radial and passenger car radial capacity planned to meet the growing demand for its products.

JK Tyre pioneered radial technology in India way back in 1977 and is the leading truck bus radial manufacturer. With over three decades of technological innovation, JK Tyre offers four wheeler tyres for the entire range — truck/bus, LCV, passenger cars, MUV and tractors.

The company is the manufacturer of India’s largest OTR Tyre VEM 045 40.00-57 60 PRE 4T/L, weighing 3.7 tonnes and and with a height of 12 feet. JK Tyre is the preferred supplier to the automotive original equipment manufacturers and is a partner to some of the biggest names including Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Honda, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra, Volvo Eicher, General Motors, Volkswagen, Fiat, Nissan and TAFE.

The company lays special emphasis on establishing a wide distribution network. In India, its nationwide network comprises of 138 selling locations, 4,000 dealers and over 110 retail outlets branded ‘JK Tyre Steel Wheels’, which are equipped with state-of-the-art wheel servicing equipment.

It has also established 18 Truck Radial Tyre Care centres, which operate along all major National Highways on 365 day, 24x7 basis. JK Tyre has established over 10 truck radial total solution showrooms branded ‘Truck Wheels’.

It was the first to introduce unique concepts like ‘Dial-a-Tyre’ and is the only tyre company to launch a 24x7 on-road tyre assistance initiative called ‘Fix-a-Tyre’.  The company has taken many green initiatives and launched the ‘Soles with Souls’ programme, an eco-friendly initiative to use discarded tyres as lifestyle accessory, which has been acclaimed internationally.

JK Tyre actively promotes various disciplines of motorsports in India and has invested over Rs 100 crore towards building its infrastructure. The Racing and Karting programmes are the breeding ground for the country’s young motorsport talent and JK Tyre prodigies like NarainKarthikeyan, ArmaanEbrahim and Karun Chandhok have done India proud in the global arena.

 JK Organisation, a Rs 21,000 crore conglomerate, emerged on the Indian industrial landscape over a century ago. The group employs upwards of 40,000 individuals and has business interests across the globe, spanning over 90 countries.

While the flagship businesses are Tyre & Industries, Cement and Paper, the group umbrella also includes Fenner India, Umang Dairies and JK Agri Genetics. The group also has a significant presence in clinical research and insurance solutions through its companies — CliniRx Tangent Research and JK Risk Managers & Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Today, the group is on an expansion spree with its three flagship businesses.  The Tyre business has recently announced an investment of Rs 1,430 crore to expand capacity for the production of trucks, buses and car radial tyres at its plant near Chennai over the next 15 months.

The other flagship business JK Lakshmi Cement also announced its expansion plan entailing a cost structure of Rs 1,550 crore, involving setting up of a 2.7-million-tonnes-a-year (mtpa) greenfield project at Durg, Chhattisgarh, along with captive limestone mine and two grinding units. Continuing the growth momentum, JK Paper commissioned its Rs 1,750-crore expansion at Rayagada, Orissa, adding close to 60 per cent to its paper production capacity.


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