VMI, Safe-Run trade patent-dispute claims at US show

Akron, Ohio —Two manufacturers of tire building machines are embroiled in a patent infringement dispute over alleged theft of intellectual property on equipment primarily sold in China.

The battle pits VMI Group of The Netherlands, the largest company in the tire building machinery industry, against Safe-Run Machinery (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., a relative newcomer to the industry, having been formed in China in 2009.

The matter between the firms apparently started earlier this year when VMI Group accused Safe-Run of infringing on patents covering mechanical portions of a…

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