A Chinese court has ruled in favour of Bridgestone Corporation in its patent infringement lawsuit against Chinese tyre manufacturers Guangzhou South China Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. and Wanli Tire Co., Ltd. (Wanli Tire).
Bridgestone has won a patent case against Guangzhou-based Wanli Tire. Bridgestone’s success follows another victory last September’s this time against Triangle Tyre.
According to Nikkier, Bridgestone said the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court in April reached a favourable ruling regarding a patent infringement lawsuit Bridgestone filed in October 2015. The suit alleged Wanli of manufacturing and selling tyres with tread patterns used in Bridgestone’s Dueler A/T Revo 2 tyres for sports utility vehicles.
State-owned Chinese firm Guangzhou Vanlead Group, parent company of Wanli tyre brand manufacturer South China Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd, has signed two memorandums of understanding with Swedish firm Scandinavian Enviro Systems. The first of these covers the establishment of a turnkey recycling plant in Guangdong province, and the second the setting up of a joint venture to market Enviro’s patented technology across China.
Last month, groundbreaking took place on a new tyre factory intended to produce some 2 million all-steel truck tyres a year and serve as an original equipment supplier for China Anhui Jianghuai Automobile (JAC). The vehicle manufacturer is partnering in a joint venture project together with Guangzhou Fengli Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. The tyre maker is itself, in turn, a joint venture between South China Tire & Rubber, the company behind the Wanli and Sunny tyre brands, and Guangzhou International Group Co., Ltd., an authorised Chinese state-owned assets operating unit.
Brazil’s Chamber of Commerce (Camex) has reviewed and extended its anti-dumping duties on passenger car tyres manufactured in China. In late July it published a list of duties to be charged on tyres covered by Mercosul Common Nomenclature (NCM) 4011.10.00, specifically new 65 and 70 series, 13 and 14-inch rim diameter passenger car radials.