The new $500 million tire manufacturing plant in Bhuj, Gujarat, India, was just the beginning for Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT). A new $23 million carbon black plant will be built close by.
This facility will stretch over approximately 8 hectares -- nearly 20 acres -- within the BKT production site at Bhuj. When completed, it will have an estimated capacity of 60,000 tons of carbon black a year.
The carbon black plant is another step forward in the company’s middle-and-long-term strategy, which started with setting up the Bhuj site. Inaugurated in 2015 and extending over an area of 120 hectares (nearly 300 acres), the state-of-the-art Bhuj production facility is located in a strategic position in proximity to the commercial port of Mundra, which has already been an important logistic hub for BKT’s exports.
The Bhuj site was established for the purpose of "meeting the more and more increasing demand for tires on a global scale," says the company. "This plant will enable the company to even better ensure raw material qualities thanks to the now even more accurate controls at the beginning of the entire manufacturing process."
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