14 September 2017
RYCO Filters is excited to announce the launch of an updated range of nine frameless air filters designed to fit a selection of popular vehicles including Mazda2’s and Toyota Corolla’s.
When initially released, the part numbers that make up the updated range were subject to international design patents held by an overseas international manufacturer. These patents required the team at RYCO to modify filter designs so as to avoid infringing international patent design laws.
“As you can imagine this was quite the challenge,” said Guy Nicholls, Chief Executive Officer of the Ryco Group. “We successfully developed and alternate design that ensured the filters still matched OE performance in efficiency, life and flow and meet harsh Australian conditions.”
Recently those international patents expired, without renewal, allowing RYCO to offer an exact match to a frameless style filter.
“As soon as it became evident that the patents were not going to be renewed, our product development team worked side-by-side with our manufacturing partners to implement the design change to get them to market in an extremely tight timeline,” explained Mr Nicholls. “This was by no means a small task.
It required some partners to invest time and money in developing a completely new manufacturing process to deliver the design changes required to meet the new requirement.
“We recognise that that workshops prefer the OE design, however the RYCO Group will never infringe international patents for commercial gain,” Mr Nicholls said. “it’s our moral and ethical responsibility as good corporate citizens”.
“We’re extremely excited about the launch of the updated range of the nine updated frameless filters and are confident that they will prove extremely popular as we know our customers have been eagerly awaiting their release,” he added
The range of part numbers are already familiar to the trade and service a variety of popular vehicles.
Stock is available from Ryco stockists now.