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China creates tire design database for patent disputes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Qingdao, China - China's first design patent database for tire tread that supports image searches was released at an international arbitration forum in Qingdao, Shandong province. Industry insiders said the specialized database, which was jointly developed by the Intellectual Property Publishing House and Qingdao Rubber Valle Intellectual Property Co. Ltd., will reduce the frequency of patent infringement cases and enhance Chinese tire manufacturers' ability to self-protect, reported People's Daily. China's tire industry has developed quickly but has seen increasingly serious infringements in tread design patents, said Li Cheng, deputy head of the Intellectual Property Publishing House Co., which is affiliated with the State Intellectual Property Office. He said China had more than 10,000 patent infringement lawsuits since 2006 that involved combined compensation of nearly 1.3 billion yuan ($212.2 million). Among them, renowned foreign tire manufacturers suing Chinese counterparts and claiming patent infringements were commonplace. The existing database only supports searching abstracts and key words from tire tread patent documents. This makes searching for specific patents like looking for a needle in a haystack, which wastes manpower and lowers work efficiency, Li said. The new database is expected to help Chinese companies better deal with overseas lawsuits and have improved access to patent information. The database includes 80,000 tire tread design patents and 520,000 related pictures from China, Japan, South Korea, the United States and the European Union, and will be updated regularly, Feng Hongyu, general manager of the Qingdao Rubber Company, told huanqiu.com, the official website of the Global Times. He said companies could upload pictures to the system and the search results would be arranged in descending order of similarity. Firms can also use a patent application number to access related pictures and extract the main features of the pictures. Cui Guozhen, a senior manager of the IP publishing house, told People's Daily the database would "help reduce the technological development gap, extend the space and shorten the life cycle of technologies". The international arbitration forum themed "promoting arbitration innovation through IP protection" aims to reinforce communication between Chinese and foreign experts and improve the arbitration system by further understanding the rules. The event was expected to attract nearly 300 arbitration and law experts, IP professionals, renowned scholars and experts in the rubber industry from China, the US and Southeast Asian countries and regions. Tao Jingzhou, who was honored by Chambers and Partners as the best arbitration lawyer in Asia in 2009, will give a keynote speech at the forum. The forum is part of this year's China International Rubber Industry Expo held from October 15 to 18. The important industry event is themed around smart rubber this year, which refers to solutions, marketing, achievements, revolutions and trends. - * Email

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Mesnac and Siemens sign agreement to build digital tire factory

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quingdao, China - On October 15, Mesnac Co., Ltd. and Siemens (China) Co., Ltd. signed a strategic partnership agreement in Qingdao and aim to explore the field of digital factory together. The two parties have reached consensus on the development of digital manufacture in the tire industry, and will establish long-term strategic cooperation relationship. Zheng Jiangjia, executive vice president of Mesnac, and Wang Haibin, executive vice president of Siemens (China), signed the agreement on behalf of each party. Siemens is a world leading supplier of industrial automation electrical products and software. Its continuous innovation in products provides an excellent platform to create integrated automation solutions and realize digital manufacture. Mesnac is a professional company engaged in R&D and manufacture of rubber machinery and information technology. It can provide integrated technical solutions and comprehensive services to the tire manufacturers. Mesnac and Siemens enjoyed years of pleasant cooperation in the past. With the progress of Mesnac globalization, the cooperation between two parities goes deeper. Having signed Strategic Partnership Agreement, Siemens will fully support Mesnac in the application of digital manufacture in the tire industry and provide the latest electrical, automation and digital products. Meanwhile, Siemens will offer related technical support, application training and after-sales service, and back Mesnac in the marketing promotion of digital manufacture in the tire industry. Mesnac will contribute efforts in technical development, system integration and service application of Siemens products in its digital manufacture projects. The strategic cooperation relationship between Mesnac and Siemens will further strengthen the advantages of each parity in rubber tire and automation industry and provide more quality products and services to the global customers. The two parties will work together to promote the intelligent development of rubber and tire industry. - * Email

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Thailand announces package to aid rubber farmers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kochi, India - The Business Standard reports, "In order to bail out natural rubber farmers from the incessant fall in prices, Thailand's government has announced a series of measures to revive the industry. Thai Deputy prime minister Pridiyathorn Devakula said that small farmers would receive a direct subsidy of 1,000 baht ($31) per 0.16 hectare, capped at 15,000 baht. He estimated that around 850,000 farmers would receive the handout, which would cost approximately $262 million. The military-led government, which has been in power since May, has ruled out the sort of interventionist schemes used by previous administrations, which are costly and have led to a build-up in stockpiles that have proved hard to sell this year. However, Pridiyathorn said the State Agricultural Bank would provide a fund of around 20 billion baht to the Rubber Estate Organisation (REO) to buy rubber from the market for resale. A further 10 billion baht would be given to rubber cooperatives to buy rubber from farmers and then sell it to the REO. Soft loans will also be made available to rubber companies and farmers with smallholdings. The government's announcement had not impressed rubber growers much and farmers' leaders said the policies would do little to support the market. The Deputy Prime Minister, who oversees economic issues, told reporters the measures, including subsidies to farmers and some buying in the market by a state body, would have to be approved by cabinet next week. "We believe they will increase rubber prices within the next couple of months so they do not fall below 60 baht per kg," he said. In the Thai market, natural rubber was quoted at 48 baht per kg last week. Thailand is the world's biggest producer and exporter of rubber. It produced 4.2 million tonnes in 2013, of which around 86 percent was exported. Soft loans to help rubber companies and cooperatives were announced last month after farmers had threatened to stage protests because of the collapse in prices and a lack of government aid. Rubber farmers took to the streets earlier this year, joining in the demonstrations that undermined former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was finally ousted by the military in May, agencies reported." - * Email

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Elastocon introduces a window-clear TPE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rochester, IL – Processors and product designers looking for both a super tough and a super clear (i.e., window clear) thermoplastic elastomer can now turn to Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc. for these specialized product material needs, now being offered under the firm’s CLR Series. They are completely oil-free. Applications for these durable, durometer A 65 and 75 formulations include, but are not limited to, grips for medical and dental utensils and knobs, as well as buttons for medical equipment. Formulations are odorless, can be injection molded or extruded, have exceptional tear resistance and offer high flow during processing, among other features and benefits. The super clear formulations utilize materials that are FDA compliant and can easily be color tinted, resulting in products with vibrant, highly resilient and shiny surfaces. The two grades offer high flow during processing as well, giving them the ability to be molded in products with complex configurations. They are both reclaimable and recyclable. - * Email

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Freescale Semiconductor creates the smallest tire pressure monitoring system to date

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Austin, TX - Freescale Semiconductor FSL, introduced the FXTH87 tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) family, which is the smallest integrated package TPMS solution available at an extremely light weight of 0.3 grams. The FXTH87 family is 50 percent smaller than competing products, helping designers reduce overall bill of materials costs. Freescale’s newest TPMS system-in-package solution provides low power consumption combined with the highest level of functional integration in one package, featuring a dual-axis accelerometer architecture, pressure and temperature sensor, integrated MCU, RF transmitter and low frequency receiver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 23,000 accidents and 535 vehicle fatalities occur each year involving flat tires or blowouts, which TPMS systems help prevent by ensuring proper tire inflation monitoring. In addition, properly inflated tires improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, resulting in many regions worldwide, including the United States, European Union, China, Japan and Taiwan, to begin requiring TPMS in new vehicles. According to IHS iSuppli, TPMS will represent more than 25 percent of the total pressure measurement market for automotive sensors by 2015. “We have a long history of innovation and success in pressure systems and in the automotive market, and we’re leveraging that history to bring this tiny, integrated, low-power system solution to our automotive customers,” said Babak Taheri, vice president and general manager for Freescale’s sensors solutions division. “In TPMS, size and weight are critical, because the system is installed on the car’s tire. We are offering a one-of-a-kind solution that can help improve the safety and efficiency of virtually every car on the road.” Enclosed in a 7 x 7 x 2.2 mm package, the FXTH87 family provides the smallest footprint available, enabling form factors ideal for tire pressure sensor module developers to reduce the weight and overall bill of materials costs. The industry’s lowest RF power consumption at 7 mA ldd significantly extends battery life. Both the single- and dual-axis accelerometer options improve accuracy and facilitate more precise tire localization implementation and universal interoperability for original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket applications. And the integrated MCU and dedicated firmware offer the largest customer flash memory at 8 KB, increasing application flexibility and reducing time to market. “Maintaining properly inflated tires is one of the best things a driver can do for his car – it makes the vehicle safer, improves efficiency and increases fuel economy,” said Charles Zhang, CEO at Baolong Group. “Freescale’s TPMS has the kind of optimized integration and small form factor that our customers expect, while also helping to reduce bill of materials costs for us. It’s a win-win solution.” - * Email

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Teijin Aramid increases prices for Twaron aramid products

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Teijin Aramid will raise prices for its Twaron products. All prices for Teijin Aramids Twaron products will increase by 7 percent insofar as existing contracts allow. This is the first time since 2008 the company has announced a general price increase. Over the past years Teijin Aramid has continuously invested in product and process improvements. For the future, Teijin Aramid sees the need to adjust its prices to continue its investments in sustainable production techniques and to continue its collaboration with partners on innovative solutions. “Through its unique combination of properties, Twaron is increasingly used in high-grade applications in various industrial sectors. We will continue to invest in knowledge and expertise that we will actively use with our partners to jointly develop innovative and valuable applications,” said Gert Frederiks, CEO and president of Teijin Aramid. - * Email

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Bridgestone Ologic tire technology wins BMW Innovation Supplier Award

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tokyo, Japan - Bridgestone has been awarded the BMW Supplier Innovation Award 2014 in the category "Efficient Dynamics," in recognition of Bridgestone's new Ologic technology for C02-optimized tires developed for the BMW i3 electric vehicle. Bridgestone was selected exclusively by BMW to develop tires that complement the dynamic handling and sustainable performance of its revolutionary i3 all electric vehicle. The Ologic tires have especially large diameters and narrow treads, which reduce tire deformation and loss of energy during driving, helping to reduce rolling resistance, while at the same time keeping safety levels at least at the same level as conventional tires. This lower rolling resistance leads to improved fuel consumption, lower CO2 emissions and in the case of pure electric engines, an extended range of operation. Thanks to its design and the use of innovative materials, Bridgestone tires made with Ologic technology fulfill all BMW's driving dynamic performance requirements. Bridgestone is currently exclusive tyre supplier to BMW i vehicles, supplying Ecopia EP500 tires with Ologic technology for the urban all-electric BMW i3 and Potenza S001 sport tires for the BMW i8 electric hybrid model. The BMW Group presented 2014 innovation awards in a total of seven categories, as well as a special "Innovation Partnership" award. The categories span fields of technology where the company will define the future of individual mobility as a premium manufacturer. - * Email

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