Amerityre, a developer of polyurethane technologies, has entered into a manufacturing license agreement with Desert Research Technology, engaged in the development of tire technologies. Under the agreement, Desert Research Technology will acquire the rights to manufacture paddle-type sand tires that employ Amerityre’s polyurethane elastomer chemicals.
Desert Research Technology (DRT) will first use the Amerityre technology to create polyurethane treads/paddles on conventional rubber tire casings, but its goal is to manufacture the entire tire from polyurethane materials.
The tires being developed will be used on sand cars, which are race vehicles adapted for use on sand dunes, deserts or beaches. Sand tires are currently manufactured from rubber compounds and have large paddles to facilitate traction.
Bill Oliver, DRT’s president said: Our collaboration with Amerityre allowed us to achieve all of our goals. These included developing processes for rapid prototyping, improving tire performance, and lengthening the life of a tire. From our vantage point, this project has been an important success for DRT.
Gary Benninger, Amerityre’s president & CEO said: Using high horsepower vehicles in a harsh desert environment is the perfect proving ground for our polyurethane materials and processes. Our successful testing of these sand tires opens up a wide range of potential applications in prospectively extreme conditions, from recreational to industrial, and to even military uses. Working with DRT has been a pleasure, since they have brought technical knowledge and focused energy to the project.