The brand already has a sales and marketing structure in the region courtesy of its partnership with Tyre & Retread Supplies which was initiated in 2004.
With a presence in 19 African countries: Morocco; Algeria; Tunisia; Egypt; Nigeria; Sudan; Ethiopia; Kenya; Uganda; Tanzania; Angola; Zambia; Malawi, Mozambique; Namibia; Botswana; Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa respectively, Vipal Rubber assigns special importance to the South African market as the gateway to the African continent.
“We remain alert to the movements and opportunities that arise within each market, and especially in South Africa, because we believe that Africa will play an important role in the future global scenario,” said Dijan Rigo, Commercial Coordinator Overseas.
Vipal Rubber offers a full assortment of repair products, such as the ‘Manchao’ patch, an important component in the retreading process for any tyre that has suffered any type of damage to be retreaded without losing its original characteristics.
What is more, Vipal’s line of Aramid patches is said to be highly resistant to impact whilst simultaneously lighter and more flexible than traditional patches, thereby preventing creases from appearing in the repaired region.
Another important product for Vipal is the company’s inner tube patches which are available in different shapes and sizes, with an extra-fine thickness capable of matching the inner tube’s elasticity so as to prevent any hard lumps from forming. Vipal claimed that they employ a cold chemical (cold) vulcanisation in their manufacturing process which does not subject inner tubes to any type of heat, thereby extending service life.
And that’s not all. Vipal also produces the ECO Patch product line which is made from 70% of raw materials originating from renewable sources (plants), thereby replacing the use of non-renewable fossil fuels.
Now a Latin American leading company, Vipal was created more than 40 years ago, in 1973, by entrepreneur Vicencio Paludo. It began as a small tyre repair shop but today, operating in more than 90 countries, the company employees 3 000 people and boasts two manufacturing plants with a production capacity of 18 000 tons per month.