SOUTH GATE, Calif.-Arnco said it will appeal a recent U.S. District Court ruling that competitor Synair Corp. hasn't infringed on Arnco's polyurethane tire-filling patent. ``Not withstanding the fact that Synair's TyrFil products are inferior to Arnco's patented flatproofing compounds, Arnco still believes Synair is infringing (on our) patent and will appeal the court's judgment to the Federal Court of Appeals,'' said Arnco President Larry Carapellotti.
The appeal will continue the 10-year-old legal feud between the firms over Arnco's U.S. patent No. 4,416,844.
The patent is based on the addition of water to the urethane tire-filling formula, which the South Gate-based company claims Synair is doing with its urethane tire product, TyrFil GS.
Synair denies the claim, stating it doesn't need water to make a better tire-filling product.
UGTC won't have to recall tires
WASHINGTON-Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co. won't have to recall 6,500 mismarked tires, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled March 11.
UGTC sent a petition to NHTSA in January for a grant of inconsequential noncompliance. The 6,500 tires, in several brands and sizes, were made in the 46th week of 1993 at Greenville, S.C., but were mismarked on the sidewalls as having been made in 1994.
The purpose of dating tires is to identify them in case of a recall. UGTC is responsible for notifying the owners of all recalled tires, meaning the firm, not the owners, will suffer whatever inconvenience arises from the error, UGTC said.
Firm to market classic tires
BIRMINGHAM, England-British distributor Vintage Tyre Supplies has appointed a new U.S. agent for Dunlop classic tires.
Santa Cruz, Calif.-based British Wire Wheel was named West Coast agent to give greater coverage for the brand, Vintage Tyre said.
The company joins Universal Tyres of Lancaster, Pa., which also sells the line. The two companies will work together to meet the needs of classic car owners nationwide, Vintage Tyres said.
Both firms will stock the full range of patterns and sizes in cross-ply textile tires to fit all makes and models of vehicles from the tiny Austin Sevens to vintage Bentleys.
Goodyear tests TRACS system
COLUMBIA, Md.-Compu-Power Inc., a tire computer hardware and software company, has announced a pilot agreement with Goodyear to supply its TRACS' retread tire management software to four of the tire maker's commercial retread locations.
The software will be installed at two Goodyear-owned retread locations and two independent sites, said Tim Loden, Compu-Power vice president. The firm will test the application before finalizing the roll-out plan for the other locations throughout the Goodyear Authorized Retread System.
Talin, General settle lawsuit
LONG BEACH, Calif.-General Tire Inc. and Talin Tire Inc. have settled all claims arising from the dealership's aborted 1991 purchase of five former General-owned retail and wholesale tire centers and two retread shops in California.
Terms of the settlement were not revealed as a condition of the agreement. However, in a Feb. 11 news release, George Talin Sr., founder and chairman of the Long Beach-based dealership, expressed satisfaction at what he called ``the responsive position'' taken by the Akron-based tire maker. He said the settlement allows Talin Tire to ``refocus on our customers.''
The deal fell through three years ago after the two firms disputed the transaction's terms and filed lawsuits against each other.
Former General Tire employees and a General Tire distributor, Bell Gardens, Calif.-based Parkhouse Tire Inc., also were named in the Orange County Superior Court lawsuit, which was settled after private negotiations.
Goodyear sponsors electric car race
PHOENIX-Goodyear provided technical expertise as well as electric-car, conventional passenger and race tires as official tire sponsor of the Arizona Public Service Electric 500, held March 18-20 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Some 80 teams competed in the event, which advances electric vehicle development.
A special heat featured Formula Lightnings-160-mph, battery-powered cars shod with Goodyear Eagle GS-C ``S'' super-sticky race tires most often found on ultra-high performance cars.
Goodyear has been an electric car race sponsor the past three years. ``This experience helps us as well as the racers,'' said Bill Egan, Goodyear's chief engineer of advanced tire design, who provided tire technical advice at the race.
Camel moving jobs to Okla. factory
MUSKOGEE, Okla.-More than 20 jobs will be added at a Muskogee plant by the parent company of Camel Tire-brand products as it tries to remain competitive in the domestic and world market.
The jobs, to be added over the next six months, are from the company's Santa Ana, Calif., factory, which is being closed by Bridge Products Inc.
The company said about half the products formerly made in California will be handled at the Muskogee facility, which will become the Bridge Products Inc. Aftermarket Components Division. Bridgeport Piedmont, the firm's Alta Vista, Va., plant, will take over the rest.
Randy Garvin, Camel's president and general manager, said the Muskogee plant will become the main distribution center for all Bridge patches, patch kits, air hoses, blow guns, and other pneumatic couplers and fittings to be produced in Muskogee and in the Virginia plant.