Yokohama Rubber has patented a pneumatic tire design with alternating first and second center blocks in a zigzag pattern for improved traction and stability. The tire features unique coupling grooves for enhanced performance. GlobalData’s report on Yokohama Rubber gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Yokohama Rubber, Anti-skid tyre treads was a key innovation area identified from patents. Yokohama Rubber's grant share as of January 2024 was 33%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Pneumatic tire with alternating center blocks in zigzag pattern

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11884109B2) discloses a pneumatic tire design featuring unique center land portions with inclined lug grooves and center blocks arranged in a zigzag pattern. The tire includes coupling grooves that connect the center blocks in a specific configuration to enhance performance. The patent also details the inclination angles of the center blocks and the relationship between groove depths, ensuring optimal tire functionality. Additionally, the design incorporates specific dimensions and widths for the center blocks and ground contact areas to improve overall tire performance and stability.

Furthermore, the patent outlines the arrangement of the main grooves in a zigzag pattern, along with the overlapping shoulder land portions and center land portion. The tire design aims to provide improved traction, stability, and handling characteristics by strategically placing the center blocks and grooves. The patent also specifies the angles and dimensions of various components within the tire design to optimize performance and ensure durability. Overall, the patented pneumatic tire design offers a unique configuration that aims to enhance driving experience and safety on various road surfaces.

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