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Old 16th January 2015, 13:01   #1
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JK Tyre and Industries Ltd. displayed their new range of products for passenger cars, trucks, light commercial vehicles and farm vehicles at the 2015 Indian Rubber Expo and Tyre Show in Delhi.

Among others, the 'Ultra Hi' concept tyres with full silica and multi-layer tread compound seemed to be the highlight of the range. These are low aspect ratio 17" tyres which promise to deliver low rolling resistance (result = lower fuel consumption) but at the same time provide the desired traction at high speeds. This concept was designed and developed at JK Tyre's Tech Centre in India and is currently under global testing.

The company displayed its UX1 for the premium range of vehicles such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Its new range of high performance asymmetric tyres for sedans as well as all-terrain tyres for SUVs were also on display. For the farm segment, JK Tyre displayed its steel belted farm radials.

JK Tyre also showed its range of tyres for US and Latin American markets. Ultima-XPC1, America Selecta Plus and Turbo were among the export tyre range on display.

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Somehow the coloured part, rather than making the tyres look attractive, sort of looks done by an amatuer.

Looks pretty tacky to say the least.
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JK does have aspirations to be one of the global players.

Compared to their mediocre range in Indian conditions, they need to really up their game. Apollo has shown the way and MRF is following suit. Seeing this, JK cannot be far behind.

I would reserve judgement on these tyres until we have had a chance to test them properly.

My main reservation is JK is talking a lot of foreign markets. I would hate for these tyres to be made for export only. Would totally ruin the fun.

The silica thing is overhyped.... Tyre manufacturers have been using silica in their tyres for ages now. Some companies talk a lot about it and some dont. The advantages of using silica are mainly related to the fact that silica is lighter and this makes the tyre lighter. Which means better fuel efficiency and lower rolling resistance.

However, too much silica can compromise on the grip of the tyre. There is a balance to be achieved and every company has a different philosophy regarding this.
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