The agreement which makes BKT “Official Global Partner of LaLiga” was officially presented in an outstanding location – the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. The partnership will last for three years and will end at the closure of the 2021/2022 season.
The press conference was opened by Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga who set out LaLiga’s view of internationalization and the values that it shares with BKT: fair play, respect for your opponent, competitiveness and strategy. Rajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director of BKT and Lucia Salmaso, CEO of BKT Europe – the Italian branch of the Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) Group – then spoke about the company and the partnership.
Rajiv Poddar presented BKT’s world. Among the leading manufacturers in the Off-Highway tire industry, BKT offers tailored products for specialist and demanding sectors, such as those of agricultural, construction, and industrial machinery, in earthmoving, ports, mining, ATV and gardening sectors. Currently, BKT’s share of the global Off-Highway tire market is estimated at around 6%. Last year it recorded turnover of over 900 million dollars, but the company is aiming high and in the near future intends to increase turnover and expand its market share.
And this is where sport comes in. A unique, distinguishing and important activity in which BKT has identified a strategic instrument and which it has already chosen for numerous projects worldwide.
The partnership agreement within BKT and LaLiga is an important step in strengthening its brand awareness. The company is very active in terms of communication and promotion and LaLiga symbolizes football and is a perfect vehicle to impart the BKT message globally. Without forgetting the strategic relevance of Spain, one of the most important agricultural markets in the world and a key sector for BKT.
“I am very proud of this new activity. LaLiga is a brand of unquestioned value, we are honored to be able to associate ourselves with this name! In addition, we have numerous things in common, we both have a global presence and ambitious objectives. I am sure that together we will go far” saidRajiv Poddar, Joint Managing Director of BKT.
“I am really delighted about this partnership. In BKT we have been great sports fans since well before this agreement, just think that we will celebrate the 500 thousand football balls distributed free to visitors to exhibitions at the next edition of the Agritechnica event, an activity which is our symbol and which we have been doing for years” concluded Lucia Salmaso, CEO of BKT Europe.
Javier Tebas, President of LaLiga added: “The global visibility of LaLiga makes a very large platform available to the brands, to allow them entering new territories and expanding their audience. BKT shares our same ambition of pursuing international strengthening and we are looking forward to collaborating for the next three seasons.”