A traditional Niguelas fleet owner in the region of Granada used the Vipal precured tread to travel over 300,000 kilometers of highways
Vipal’s road partners say that they know they can rely on the Latin America market leader, and one of the world’s top manufacturers of tyre retreading products. It doesn’t matter what challenges they face. That’s what Antonio Gijón, from Operadores de Transportes S.L., experienced. The company, which has more than 40 years of long haul transport experience in Spain, has proven the quality and great performance of Vipal’s VT110 tread.
Testing started in February 2016 on one of the fleet trucks, which today is comprising of 70 trucks and 90 semi-trailers, the tyre that used the tread in question achieved 300,992 kilometers. The vehicle selected for the test, a Volvo 500, received four traction tyres, which were retreaded with Vipal’s VT110 pre-cure tread.
“This work with fleets has been really important for demonstrating the advantages of retreaded tyres. The savings can be felt in practice and efficiency is guaranteed, especially when we apply the most suitable solution for each type of vehicle and driving condition,” emphasizes Vipal’s Commercial Coordinator in Europe, Fabrício Nedeff, noting that the partnership with retreaders has also been fundamental. For the Antonio Gijón shipping company specifically, which transports all types of cargo, including perishable products, support from Graneuman, a key Vipal retreading partner in Escúzar, Granada, proved essential to achieving the results.
The design of the tread pattern developed for radial tyres on the drive was conceived to optimize traction capability. With grooves designed with stone ejectors at the bottom to keep rocks and other objects from getting embedded in the tread, the VT110 from Vipal gives the casing better protection against damage. The width of its central blocks also offer a wider area of contact with the ground to deliver higher mileage, and its more reinforced shoulders give the blocks better pullout resistance. Also available for the ECO version.
Vipal also released several test results from Europe last year, including one in Spain, which proved the superiority of the VRT3 tread in the highway cargo transport tyre segment. Subjected to extreme operating conditions in the Pyrenees Mountains, a route between France and Spain, the VRT3 tread used on the tyres of a Scania R440 – 6×2 truck delivered the best results when compared against new tyres from a leading European market brand. The yield was 52% higher with the Vipal tread, covering 112,710 kilometers with the VRT3, while the new tyre registered 74,300 kilometers.
Vipal around the world
Vipal is responsible for supplying about 90 countries, with its main markets in Europe, Latin America and the United States. To meet the specific needs of each location, which range from technical requirements to cultural, geographic and legal differences, the company invests in the development of specific products to improve performance in different regions. Moreover, it has authorized retreaders, permanent regional teams, and its own distribution centers at strategic locations on four continents to provide support to international customers.
Vipal Rubber – www.vipal.com.br – was created in 1973, in Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul. With 3,000 employees, the company has two plants in Nova Prata and one in Feira de Santana in Bahia, totaling about 160,000 square meters of manufacturing facilities and three distributions centers in Brazil. The company exports to all continents and also has distribution centers in South America, North America, Europe and Oceania.
Vipal was the first Brazilian company in the sector to be ISO 9002 verified, also boasting ISO 9001: 2015 and the performance check certificate from IFBQ/INMETRO for its line of tyre treads. It also relies on the Vipal Authorized Dealer Network, Brazil’s largest network of retreaders, which currently has 300 authorized retreaders in Latin America, with 230 in Brazil.