Offering benefits that combine quality, technology and savings for carriers is a constant pursuit of Vipal Rubber, according to the company. Proof of this is the QGR guarantee, Qualified and Guaranteed Retread, which hit a significant milestone of 6 million retreaded tyres. Recognised 24 years ago, the QGR program guarantees the first retreading of truck and bus tyres of the most popular brands marketed in the market, including the casing.
The 16 tyre brands approved by Vipal Rubber for the QGR program are: Fate, Firestone, Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Toyo, Continental, Dunlop, Sumitomo, Yokohama, Hankook, Double Coin, Marshal, General and BF Goodrich. According to data from BIPAVER (Bureau International Permanent des Associations de Vendeurs et Rechapeurs de Pneumatiques) on two of the main tyre retreading markets in the world, in Europe, one in three truck tyres is retreaded. In the United States, it is two out of every five. In Brazil, another important hub in this segment, over 8 million truck/bus line tyres are replaced each year, generating an annual turnover of approximately U$ 900 million (Data: ABR – Associação Brasileira do Segmento de Reforma de Pneus [Brazilian association of the tyre retreading segment]).
“All retreaded tyres go through certified processes according to the regulatory bodies of each location, which aims to ensure the quality of the service. Vipal’s biggest competitive advantage is that the QGR guarantee extends this benefit, also guaranteeing the tyre´s casing in the first retreading”, Leandro Paim explains, Vipal’s Technical Assistance Manager. The QGR can easily be found by the carrier, who can request the service from retreaders who offer this benefit from Vipal.