While the tyre industry is mainly dominated by the organised sector, the unorganised sector holds sway in bicycle tyres. The major players in the organised tyre segment consist of MRF, Apollo Tyres, Ceat and JK Industries, which account for 63 per cent of the organised tyre market. The other key players include Modi Rubber, Kesoram Industries and Goodyear India, with 11 per cent, 7 per cent and 6 per sent share respectively. Dunlop, Falcon, Tyre Corporation of India Limited TCIL, TVS-Srichakra, Metro Tyres and Balkrishna Tyres are some of the other players in the industry. MRF, the largest tyre manufacturer in the country, has strong brand equity. While it rules supreme in the industry, other players have created niche markets of their own.
The tyre industry is a major consumer of the domestic rubber production. Natural rubber constitutes 80 per cent of the material content in Indian tyres. Synthetic rubber constitutes only 20 per cent of the rubber content of a tyre in India. World wide, the ratio of natural rubber to synthetic rubber is 30:70. Apart from natural and synthetic rubber, rubber chemicals are also widely used in tyres.