Boulder City, Nevada - Amerityre Corp.'s chairman Louis Haynie announced in an 11 Jan statement that the 250-million pound (114-kilotonnes) tyre-fill market will be an immediate strategic objective for the group's Amerifill polyurethane product.
"Our closed cell foam tyre-fill is less than half the weight of competing tyre fill materials," claimed Haynie, adding that this gives direct cost savings for the customer.
Also, the product's robust nature means it can be used in a range of tyre applications, from wheelbarrows to tele-handlers, he pointed out.
Amerityre has formed an internal sales group to specifically target suppliers and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) users of tyre fill in construction, industrial and mining applications, added ceo Gary Benninger.
"Our initial contacts with customers have been quite favourable, and we've provided price quotes to potentially supply over 12 million pounds of material. Our plan is to move quickly into this substantial and growing market, and discussions are underway to establish a European marketing partner," said Benninger.
Currently, tyre-fill materials are used to replace air in many tyre applications, including OTR (off-the-road), construction, industrial and mining applications, to "flat-proof" and extend the life of rubber tyres.
Amerifill is a proprietary polyurethane chemical formulation that the manufacturer claims is "stable and environmentally safe in handling and disposal compared to existing petroleum-based products."