Amerityre Licences Qingdao Qizhou For Polyurethane OTR Retreads
Amerityre Corporation has entered into a manufacturing license agreement with Qingdao Qizhou Rubber Co., Ltd., Qingdao, China. The agreement grants the Chinese company a license to initially manufacture polyurethane elastomer retreads for three large-size tyres for mining applications, using Amerityre’s innovative retreading process, in exchange for a $400,000 license fee payable over the next two years.
Qingdao Qizhou Rubber Co., Ltd. proposes to build a new factory next to its existing operations in the Mingcun Rubber Industrial Park located in Pingdu, China. Amerityre will sell and otherwise assist Qingdao Qizhou in obtaining the necessary equipment for the factory and supply the chemicals necessary to produce the polyurethane elastomer retreads. The parties estimate that it will take approximately 12 months to complete the factory, which is expected to have an annual retread capacity between 7,200 to 10,000 units, and which would use between 7.7 million and 16.5 million pounds of polyurethane elastomer material annually, based on the production mix.
“The increasing demand for natural resources by emerging countries has caused a global shortage of large OTR mining tyres. There have been reports of mining equipment sitting idle, without tyres,” commented Ken Johnsen, Amerityre’s recently appointed President. “We’ve been evaluating the scalability of our retreading technology in the OTR tyre area and there is a substantial opportunity there. We believe our polyurethane retreading process can provide an economical and superior retreading solution. We’re very pleased that Qingdao Qizhou has decided to take the initial lead in this area,” he added.
Established in 1998, Qingdao Qizhou Rubber Co., Ltd. is located in Pingdu, Shangdon, China and has annual sales of approximately US$100 million. Qizhou Rubber Co., Ltd. has 865 employees and manufactures agricultural, light truck, heavy truck and OTR tyres for export to over 20 countries under the Gold Wheel and Broadway brand names.
Amerityre continues to focus on successfully selling: retreads for medium commercial truck, industrial and off-the-road, passenger car and light, “run-flat” trailer, and solid industrial applications.