BKT Bank on Field Experience from Nodari
BKT supplies the farming company Nodari with tyres for a large proportion of their equipment. The company from Brescia provides service to many local companies, operating mainly as a contractor, especially for biogas plants. Since the company has to satisfy the most varying customer needs and does its job under any operating conditions, it constantly gains first-hand experiences that are indicating a clear change of course over the last few years.
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Considering this, Martino Nodari, the company founder’s son, gave some valuable insight into the evolving world of agriculture, “Equipment has changed, and the spread of biogas has undoubtedly played an important part in this change: this kind of activity requires large lots of land in order to continuously feed the plants; some pieces of land are located at quite a distance from each other.
Nodari went on, “This means that tractors and trailers have to cover greater distances running more kilometers. As a result, tyres undergo major wear, and there is a noticeable increase in fuel consumption compared to the past. Nowadays, farmers are asking for more and more technology, and specialist equipment. As a contractor, of course, we have to adapt to all their requests.”
He continued, “Today, every single operation is marked by “Agriculture 4.0” – from land mapping with drones to varied ratio seeding. In order to adapt to such change, we had to invest into new machinery, reaching this way our present equipment fleet consisting of a total of 40 vehicles. By means of the right equipment and the right technology, it is possible to perform the same task spending less, or obtaining major results at the same cost. All equipment needs to be chosen carefully and specifically as to the tilling or other operations to be performed. And more than ever, a specific tyre is needed for specific applications."
Nodari continued to speak about today’s requirements, “Today, one single tyre cannot do everything perfectly. For instance, using a wrong tyre for road transport significantly increases my hourly costs. Not to mention inflation pressure! Just four or five years ago, one did not use to check the inflation pressure of fitted tyres, since one did not have the adequate knowledge – I dare to say the culture – about its impact on total operating costs.”
During six years of cooperation with BKT, the Nodari farming company has step by step increased the number of tyres of the Indian brand to equip its vehicles and machinery, up to covering presently about 80% of the entire vehicle and equipment fleet.
Martino Nodari explained why BKT’s offerings cover about 80% of their vehicle and equipment fleet, “We had some issues with the tyres we were using on trailers. Looking for a solution, we have tried size 560/60 R 22.5 by BKT. Results have been definitely better. And subsequently, we have started to equip also tractors – one after the other. We mainly use BKT Agrimax in the sizes 710/70 R 42, 600/70 R 28 and R 30. We also employ size 800/70 R 38 on some pieces of equipment, since it is larger and does not compact the soil.”
Nodari continued by expanding on their decision to opt to use BKT’s solutions, “We have chosen the BKT brand because they are top tyres, more silent than others, and they are often able to offer something more in terms of output compared to Premium brands.”