CEAT is one of India’s leading tyre manufacturers and has a strong presence in both the domestic and international markets. The company manufactures over ten million tyres every year and enjoys a major market share in the light truck and truck tyre market. CEAT tyres, tubes and flaps are renowned for their superior quality and durability. CEAT offers the widest range of tyres to all user segments and manufacture world-class radials for all Indian vehicles including heavy-duty trucks and buses, light commercial vehicles, earthmovers, forklifts, tractors, trailers. In a chat with Equipment India, Trilok Goel, ED Specialty and Business Development, CEAT, talks about the tyre industry. Excerpts from the interview.How do you look at the potential for off-the-road tyres, the overall market in terms of size and value, growth envisaged?The global tyre market is roughly pegged at $152 billion, and the growth is around 6 to 7 per cent. The off-highway tyre segment is growing at 10 to 12 per cent. The major growth enablers are initiatives by developing economy to build infrastructure, mining, ports, agriculture, etc.Are there any capacity constraints?In India whatever is produced gets sold domestically or exported. The constraints are more due to product mix/SKU, etc. CEAT is pretty well equipped.How do you assess the market large-sized tyres, especially for the mining segment?There is good potential and currently there is no de-growth. OTR tyres are also required in earthmoving and construction activities.Tell us about Ceat Tyres’s product range in the OTR segment.CEAT produces Bias tyres up to mid size 24-35. We have tyres for earth movers, port and mining applications.What about the value propositions offered to clients?We interact with our customer at every stage and have impact training on dos and don’ts. Also, we have launched OTR repair van through one of our distributors. Regular feedback on tyre performance is gathered for improvement.What is the present status of radial tyres in the OTR segment?We do not produce radial OTR. We import limited quantities under our brands and sell in India.Tell us about the plant facility and capacity.Our off-highway tyres are produced at our Bhandup plant in Mumbai. CEAT is one of the largest off-highway tyre producers in India.What do you have to say about your performance on the export front?We export tyres to over a hundred countries in the world.How strong is your presence in the replacement market?Our sales in replacement market are roughly around 7 to 8 per cent of the market and we plan to reach 12 per cent in FY 13.Name some of the OEMs Ceat Tyres is supplying to.CEAT supplies to JCB, Tyrex, L&T, among others.How do you view the retreading segment?There is good potential since Indian consumers look to extract maximum life from their tyres.