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JUN 2018

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44 June 2018 product news continued Wounded Warrior Project helped me reclaim my life. WOUNDED WARRIOR SEAN KARPF HELP MAKE AN IMPACT AT ©2018 Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Komatsu said the shovel could de- crease cost-per-ton by as much as 10%, which Singleton attributed to the machine's optimized performance. "The performance improvements, enabling higher production, are proving to more than offset any increase in overall machine costs," he said. The key requirement for adopting the shovel is an adequate electric grid. Deploy- ment mandates only minimal infrastruc- ture or logistics changes, Singleton said. "Because the envelope of the machine is so similar to the 4100XPC AC, there is not a tremendous requirement for significant differences in approach and there is also a significant level of machine commonal- ity shared with a 4100XPC AC, which will help drive efficiencies in inventory man- agement and understanding from similar maintenance processes." So far, the shovel has been received with "guarded optimism," Singleton said. Due to "the shovel being so early into its life with the first unit beginning manufacturing," he said. The "optimism" is inspired by "the smart upgrades that were made to the machine, which they trust will drive the 4800XPC to deliver on the brand promise of a P&H electric mining shovel." BKT Celebrates 10 Years of EARTHMAX Tires In early June, off-highway tire manufac- turer Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) celebrated 10 years of its EARTHMAX tire lineup in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. At the event, BKT announced its objective to achieve a 10% market share in the all-steel radial segment of the global off-the-road (OTR) market by 2025. "It will be challenging as always and we will master it as always," said Joint Man- aging Director Rajiv Poddar. The company currently has a 6% market share, he added. BKT first launched the EARTHMAX tire for loaders in 2018 and now has an extensive range of 25 all-steel radial OTR tires and plans to add even more, all pro- duced at its Bhuj plant in India. Chairman and Managing Director of BKT Arvind Poddar described the start of EARTHMAX as a "milestone in BKT's history." To continue to gain a larger percent- age of the OTR tire market, the company will roll out 51-inch (in.) and 57-in. tires in the near future, said Poddar. Dilip Vaidya, president and director of technology of BKT, said the 51-in. tire will be released to the market in the second quarter of 2019, with the 57-in. tire follow- ing in the second quarter of 2020. Vaidya described the advantages of latest-generation machinery that was pur- chased for improved compounding, steel- cord processing and steel-cord cutting along with a new tire-building machine to complete and enhance the complex tire manufacturing process. "We have reached a stage of advanced engineering," Vaidya said. He also touched on the changes in technology and what BKT is doing to con- tinue to move forward on a global level. BKT has entered into a joint research agreement with KULTEVAT Inc., a biotech- nology company that specializes in the cultivation of TKS dandelion as a renew- able and sustainable alternative to natural rubber, he added. "We will develop new compounding methods to be integrated in the tire man- ufacturing process, and TKS rubber will gradually replace the use of natural rub- ber," he said. They expect to receive samples by October, with the supply of 1 metric ton of stabilized TKS rubber by October 2019, he added. Another area they are focusing on is the use of nanomaterials or nanocompos- ites, which can provide enhanced perfor- mance, Vaidya said. Under this area, they have done research into graphene, which is wear and puncture resistant. In addition to new technologies, BKT has set up its own carbon black manufac- turing plant at the Bhuj plant site, which will begin production in the first quarter of 2019. "Especially, with the focus on giant tires, large quantities of carbon black and a variety of specialty formulations to sat- isfy specific performance criteria are re- quired," Vaidya said. As a carbon black manufacturer, BKT will be able to produce customized carbon black of non-ASTM grades that are not available on the market, he added.

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