BKT director to open Tyrexpo

Poddar happy with invitation

Rajiv Poddar, executive director at Balkrishna Industries.
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ECI International, the organiser of Tyrexpo Asia 2013, has announced that Rajiv Poddar, executive director of Balkrishna Industries, has agreed to be the principal guest and officially open Tyrexpo India in July.

Balkrishna Industries is an Indian conglomerate with interests in tyres, real estate, textiles and apparels and is best known for its flagship tyre brand, BKT, a leading international player in the Off-Highway sector.

“I am delighted to accept the invitation to open and make the keynote presentation at Tyrexpo India 2013,” says Mr Poddar.

“BKT has been an active participant in ECI exhibitions around the world for many years and we have supported the idea of a dedicated trade show for the Indian market. With that in mind it will be a particular pleasure to make the opening remarks at the second staging of Tyrexpo India in Chennai.”

Rajiv completed a degree in business management at Kingston University in London before joining his father, noted industrialist Arvind Poddar, at BKT.

He has worked extensively at the company’s factories and travelled across its markets, ensuring a deep understanding of all aspects of the business. 

Under his leadership, BKT initiated its new Greenfield plant at Gujarat, in Western India, considered to be among the most state-of-the-art factories in the world, built with investment of over $360 million.

The factory is poised to increase overall BKT production capacity by more than 75%, a major contributor to the company’s objective of achieving a US$2 billion turnover by 2020.

Welcoming Mr Poddar as Tyrexpo India’s principal guest, ECI managing director Paul Farrant says: “Rajiv Poddar is among the leading figures in the Indian tyre industry and we greatly appreciate him agreeing to be our principal guest at Tyrexpo India.

“BKT is a world-class business with ambitious investment and expansion plans for the future. In many ways the company typifies the dynamism of the fast-growing Indian tyre market and we look forward to his thoughts and insights at the opening of the show in July.”

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