Boulder City, Nevada - Amerityre Corp., a major developer of polyurethane tyre technologies, has announced it has entered into the first stage development programme with a multi-billion dollar defence industry contractor "that is a leader in aerospace technology".
According to Amerityre, the objective of the first stage of the development programme is to "establish the base line performance characteristics of Amerityre's polyurethane passenger car tyre incorporating a "composite hoop" belt, as opposed to traditional tyre belting material." Under the programme, Amerityre will provide the polyurethane tyre design and material, whilst the partner will fabricate the composite hoop belts.
Amerityre said that independent laboratory testing has demonstrated that its Arcus polyurethane run-flat tyre had an average of 45 percent less rolling resistance than a comparable rubber run-flat car tyre. The same test also showed that lower rolling resistance would result in "more than a 5 to 10 percent improvement in fuel economy for a car equipped with Arcus tyres," the company said.
"The composite hoop belt development programme is significant to Amerityre because it advances an element of the tyre manufacturing process that is intended to achieve a production rate of one tyre per minute. We expect the hoop belt technology coupled with our advanced polyurethane tyre technology to have a tremendous impact on future transportation in both civilian and military applications," said Gary Benninger, president and ceo of Amerityre in the 24 Sept statement.