In an effort to increase capacity and develop the ability to cater to the global market needs as one of the lowest-cost manufacturers of bicycle tires & inner tubes, the organisation is setting up a new facility in Ludhiana, Punjab that will annually produce:
- 12 million tires (export target: 50% to Europe/North America/Other developed markets)
- 6 million jointed tubes (NR)
- 9 million moulded tubes (NR/Butyl)
The above facility is being set up over approximately 15 acres of land with an initial planned constructed area of ~ 40,000 sq. meters excluding ~ 2,500 sq. meters of worker quarters
- The land parcel is of 26.04 acres and provides enough free space to diversify the product mix and scale production with agility
The project timelines are as follows:
location and operations
Ludhiana is home to India’s bicycle industry with the presence of a large number of bicycle and tire/tube manufacturers and ancillary industries providing a strong base for a greenfield project (suppliers, resources and major OEM buyers)
Ludhiana has an existing base of skilled, experienced labour in the bicycle tire industry in ample quantities, eliminating the need for basic training and minimising production defects from Day 1
Ludhiana has an active ICD with connectivity to Nhava Sheva (Mumbai), Mundhra and Pipavav ports facilitating cost-effective and efficient inward and outward freight
To achieve high quality and cost efficiency the organisation has invested in high capacity machinery from reputed suppliers (mixing/calendering). The mother machinery and initial civil work has been planned in a manner that will allow for quick expansion across existing and fresh product lines in the tire and tube industry to suit our customers’ evolving needs
With a focus on quality, agility and flexibility in supplies to our customers (with regard to both SKUs and MOQs), we believe we can offer value to partners and customers in all specialty tire and tube segments.
Quality Control System
The organisation has invested in a dedicated QA Team to pursue and maintain all necessary certifications such as:
- ISO 9001
- ISO/TS 16949
- BSCI & SA8000
- National & Regional standards (BIS, ETRTO, etc.)
In addition to the above certifications, the organisation will invest in resources towards achieving all necessary certifications required for further product diversification in other specialty tire and tube segments.
We also realise the need for a strong SPC system including the implementation of tools such as Cm, Cmk, Cp and Cpk to develop a systematic approach to delivering quality and identifying/controlling machine and process variations.
Research and Development
In order to develop a culture of continuous innovation, quality control and product development, we believe in the need for a strong R&D setup that includes a high-quality team of dedicated professionals who will be responsible for :
- Arranging and analysing competitor samples obtained from the market
- Designing new products based on the following parameters:
- Crack Resistance
- Rolling Resistance
- Wet Grip
- Wear Resistance
- Puncture Resistance – Rubber breakers
- Higher TPI tires
- Puncture Resistance
- Other new alternative materials
- Breaker Materials
- To develop new patterns for different applications
The following equipment is available to the R&D and Quality management teams:
- Lab Mixer (2L, 6-60 rpm)
- Lab Mixing Mill
- Mixer Grader
- Tensile Tester
- Plunger Tester
- Endurance Machines
In order to develop the reputation of being a world-class manufacturer, we realise the utmost need for consistently developing innovative products with stringent quality standards.
Hartex has more than 5 decades of experience in the manufacturing of bicycle tyres and tubes. We have developed products to meet the changing and stringent requirements of the customers across the globe. At its state-of-the-art plant at Ludhiana, India, Hartex is equipped to manufacture world class products with consistency to meet any international standard or customer requirements.
With a state-of-the-art new calender in place, Hartex will produce casing using a variety of materials including Nylon 6, Nylon 66, Cotton and others.
Skin Wall Tyres
With a higher density textile and tyre engineering Hartex makes skin-wall tyres resulting in lighter tyres with better visual appeal.
Tire Bead Types
Hartex produces 2×2 steel, single wire as well as aramid fibre tires. Foldable tyres are made with aramid fibres (Kevlar) which are stronger than steel but lighter. The weight of the tyres can be lower by around 50 to 90 grams depending upon the tyre size and type.
Hartex offers tires with cotton and nylon chafer.
Hartex tires offer combinations of fabric and/or rubber breakers to strengthen the tire and prevent puncture.
Hartex produces tires with up to 3 distinct compounds in the same or different colours.
We make heat transfer & rubber decal label applications possible
Tyres with reflective tapes
We manufacture tyres with reflective tapes as per the needs of the customer
Hartex produces combination-colour tires to suit the customer’s shade specifications.
Hartex can manufacture and supply all sizes and specifications of tires and tubes, including B+ sizes such as 27.5” and 29”tires, as well as Fat Tires (3” wide and beyond).
Hartex produces Natural Rubber (Moulded or Autoclave) as well as Butyl Rubber (Moulded) tubes in all sizes to suit the customer’s specification.
Ludhiana Foundation Puja Jan 2016
New factory Images