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VMI raises over 96,000 Euro with Duchenne Heroes

VMI raises over 96,000 Euro with Duchenne Heroes

Thursday 28th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The VMI Duchenne Heroes team completed recently complete a seven day mountain bike tour for charity. A team of 38 mountain bikers and 14 support team members have raised over 96,000 Euros for the Duchenne Parent Project.

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VMI opens factory in Poland

VMI opens factory in Poland

Wednesday 6th September 2017 | 0 Comments

On 5 September VMI opened a new factor in Leszno, Poland. The location was officially opened by Lukasz Borowiak, mayor of Leszno and Alexander van der Lof, chairman of the executive board of TKH Group.

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Safe-Run hails ‘significant progress’ in VMI dispute

Thursday 10th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Safe-Run has announced that it has made “significant progress” in the patent invalidation and patent litigation process against VMI Holland B.V. Safe-Run explained that the Patent Reexamination Board of State Intellectual Property Office declared that the VMI’s invention patent “Assembly for and Method of Making a Tyre Component” is “entirely invalid”. According to the company, the patent declared invalid is deemed to have “not existed from the very beginning”. In addition, the court has dismissed VMI's litigation action against Safe-Run for this patent infringement. For its part, VMI stated that it made progress in the same series of cases and that it would appeal a number of adverse verdicts.

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Major VMI patents upheld in China

Wednesday 2nd August 2017 | 0 Comments

China’s Patent Re-examination Board has upheld important patents relating to tyre building technology developed by VMI. Commenting on the board’s decision, VMI Group chief executive officer Harm Voortman said “this decision further strengthens our position in the legal dispute with Safe-Run and reaffirms our confidence in the Chinese legal system.”

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‘Growing’ VMI opens new South America headquarters

‘Growing’ VMI opens new South America headquarters

Wednesday 17th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Machinery manufacturer VMI says it is increasingly active in South America, and in response VMI South America Ltda has moved to a new and larger location. On 12 May, VMI South America opened its new facility in the Brazilian city of Itatiaia, approximately half way between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Managing director Robson Souza de Araujo and his team now have approximately 1,350 square metres of floorspace at their disposal, an area divided into workshop and office space.

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VMI appoints Dr Edward Holweg as COO

VMI appoints Dr Edward Holweg as COO

Thursday 30th March 2017 | 0 Comments

Prof Dr Edward Holweg will be appointed as the new COO of VMI Group effective 1 April 2017. Dr Holweg succeeds Guido Roncken MBA, who held this position for over 10 years.

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TTX Award “confirms” VMI’s value & innovation-based strategy

TTX Award “confirms” VMI’s value & innovation-based strategy

Thursday 16th February 2017 | 0 Comments

VMI edged ahead of fellow shortlistee Comerio Ercole in what is said to be a very tight race to win Tire Industry Supplier of the Year for the second time. The 2017 award was received by Harm Voortman, VMI Group president and chief executive officer, at the TTX Award gala dinner on 15 February.

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VMI launches Remote Guidance

Friday 10th February 2017 | 0 Comments

VMI has introduced what it calls VMI Remote Guidance, which is designed to ensure “immediate support 24/7 on VMI equipment.” The system uses high resolution video to enable VMI’s remote support engineer to guide the customer through the faultfinding procedure in order to quickly resolve the issue without the need to travel to site.

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VMI easing connected manufacturing with PIXXEL

VMI easing connected manufacturing with PIXXEL

Tuesday 7th February 2017 | 0 Comments

The proprietary vision technology found within the latest generation of VMI tyre building machinery, such as MAXX and MILEXX, aims to enable complete hands-off, eyes-off production. Industry 4.0 is taking automation one step further by encouraging greater connectivity, higher levels of automation and a greater use of machine intelligence to drive speed, agility and production integration. With this in mind, and in response to the demands of high speed tyre building, VMI is now introducing a PIXXEL, a platform it developed in-house.

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VMI breaks ground on Poland plant

VMI breaks ground on Poland plant

Thursday 10th November 2016 | 0 Comments

VMI Group broke ground on its new manufacturing plant in Leszno, Poland on 2 November 2016. In the first phase, the company is building a 13,500 m2 facility on its 8 hectare plot of land with goal of extending the current manufacturing capabilities of the company. VMI Group now has entities in 8 countries on 5 continents.

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Safe-Run: The legal ‘war’ with VMI has just begun

Thursday 3rd November 2016 | 0 Comments

Following VMI’s statement saying it had won the latest round of legal wrangling related to a patent dispute with Safe-Run, the Chinese firm, which describes itself as “one of VMI’s biggest competitors in China” put out a counter statement questioning VMI’s perspective.

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VMI wins case against Safe-Run

Thursday 27th October 2016 | 0 Comments

Netherlands-based leading tyre manufacturing machinery maker VMI reports that it has won its first patent invalidation case against Chinese firm Safe-Run. As part of ongoing legal action commenced by VMI against Safe-Run, VMI filed for invalidation of a number of Safe-Run patents. Recently, the Chinese Patent Review Board has ruled in this case and invalidated the first Safe-Run patent in its entirety as the patent “was based on prior art”.

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VMI taking legal action against Safe-Run

Monday 12th September 2016 | 0 Comments

Dutch machinery manufacturer VMI has initiated legal action against Jiangsu province, China-based company Safe-Run. VMI reports that the Chinese machinery manufacturer has infringed several of its patents, and the legal action follows repeated warnings that it should cease doing so.

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TKH Group reports lower sales, income; organic decline for tyre machinery sales

Friday 26th August 2016 | 0 Comments

Organic turnover earned through manufacturing systems produced by the TKH Group’s Industrial Solutions business area, which includes equipment made by VMI Holland BV, contracted 16.2 per cent in the first half of 2016. This decline was due in part to a reduced order intake in 2015 for a range of manufacturing systems equipment, including machinery for the production of car and truck tyres as well as machine operating systems, can washers, test equipment and product handling systems for the medical industry.

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VMI awarded damages in Shuangjun case

Thursday 30th June 2016 | 0 Comments

The Chinese Intellectual Property Court has upheld VMI’s claims against Shuangjun Plastic and Rubber Machinery Ltd. and awarded the full compensation requested by VMI to be paid by Shuangjun. The Chinese Patent Management Bureau ruled that Shuangjun was guilty of patent infringement against VMI’s patent for its tyre building drum back in 2015.

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