VIPAL: TREADING GLOBALLY
What made Vipal Rubber, the Brazilian retread products manufacturing giant, a global winner is its unrelenting focus on innovation. For over four decades since the company’s inception Vipal has been consistently following this high-road to growth.
Its state-of-the-art research and development facility at Nova Prata, the Research and Technology Centre (Centro de Pesquisa e Tecnologia Vipal – CPT), and VipalTec, the high technology lab where Vipal performs researches and certification tests for new and retreaded tyres, stand testimony to its commitment to innovative technologies that ensure world-class quality of its products.
Vipal has a series of winners in its product range, including the VL130 ECO tread, the flag bearer, VT160 treads specially developed for snow and destined to European and North American markets and the VT140, made for super single tyres and mainly used in Europe.
President and CEO Arlindo Paludo stresses the company’s continuing engagement with R&D: “A great example of the company’s dedication to innovation is the new ECO treads line. Manufactured with special rubber compounds, the ECO treads allow reductions of fuel consumption up to 10 per cent. Major transport companies from Brazil and around the world are already using the ECO treads with meaningful results in fuel economy. An important case is that of a school bus company in North Carolina (USA) that registered a 10.1 per cent economy while using Vipal’s ECO treads.”
VL130 ECO has been certified by the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through its SmartWay Transport project. This program encourages transport companies to use products that offer fuel economy and allow the reduction of gas emission into the atmosphere. It is the very first program, worldwide to regulate precured treads and thus Vipal becomes the pioneer in South America to achieve it.
PTA News Bureau
(Full article in PTA October/November issue)