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CEAT commissions field tests for motorcycle tyres at Indian test track

A series of field tests commissioned by CEAT Kelani Holdings for some of its top-selling motorcycle tyres has concluded that they hold their own against those of the two biggest competing brands, one from Sri Lanka and the other from India.

The benchmarking exercise was conducted at India’s National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) of the National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRiP) in Indore and at CEAT India’s corporate R&D facility in Halol, the Company said.

Matching tyres from a leading Sri Lankan motorcycle tyre brand and a top Indian brand were tested alongside five motorcycle tyres manufactured in Sri Lanka by CEAT, on multiple key value propositions (KVPs) handling stability, ride comfort, straight line stability, character curves, limit handling, brake stability, dry and wet braking index and distance.

CEAT Kelani Managing Director Ravi Dadlani said; “Lives literally ride on motorcycle tyre, and we periodically invest in rigorous testing of key aspects of our products on purpose-built tracks. This is part of CEAT’s continuous product development strategy that is closely integrated with consumer insights and research findings.” The latest KVP test report revealed that overall, the CEATmotorcycle tyres excel in dry and wet grip features when compared with the leading competitor brands. Specifically, the CEAT Gripp and Gripp X3 patterns are superior in their dry and wet grip features, ride and handling and breaking stability and display exceptional wheel balance in comparison to the two leading brands they were benchmarked against.

Meanwhile, it was observed that the Secura Zoom and Milaze tyre patterns could improve in the ‘ride and handling’ parameter whichhas prompted CEAT to develop a new product by adapting a superior pattern technology based on the findings. Subsequently, the improved Zoom X3 tyre pattern was launched which shows enhanced performance in ‘ride and handling.’ Additionally, CEAT is also in the process of developing another product for this segment with a new variant of compound that promises further improvement in performance, Dadlani disclosed.

The manufacturer of half of the Sri Lanka’s pneumatic tyre requirements, CEAT Kelani Holdings is considered one of the most successful India – Sri Lanka joint ventures.

The joint venture’s cumulative investment in Sri Lanka to date exceeds Rs 8 billion, and another Rs 3.2 billion has been committed in 2022 for expansion of volumes, technology upgrades and new product development.


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