Vipal to Present Fuel Saving “ECO” Retreads
Vipal has announced that the company will launch a new range of fuel saving retreading products at Reifen, 2010. The new treads, named ECO reportedly form part of Vipal’s Transport Sustainability Project. According to the company, these are products that go “far beyond the savings from retreading: they also contribute for the environment and for the success of the transport activity.”
After fuel tyres represent the second highest product cost for the transport sector. “This is why we heavily invest in technology in order to produce treads that can help to reduce operational costs besides offering quality and safety. Furthermore, we have most recently achieved another pioneering landmark: we developed the first fuel-saving tread lines”, highlights João Carlos Paludo, CEO of Vipal.
Vipal reports that the new treads offer both lower fuel consumption and higher mileage performance. “Our studies were already showing that smaller grooves would assure savings. We added to this information compounds and exclusive designs and we reached the treads that reduce the consumption even more. From the use of these treads, it is possible to save fuel and increase the mileage rate”, states João Carlos.
Brazilian retreading market leader Vipal’s presence in the international market has been growing year by year. In 2009 the 100 per cent Brazilian company exported nearly 30 per cent of its production volume. In 2007, Vipal launched the Vipaltec, an Inmetreo accredited laboratory that performs tyre tests for its own Technology Department as well as for clients and other companies in the retread market and tyre manufactures, contributing for the development of the whole sector.
The company currently operates across all continents and has three distribution centres only in Europe: Germany, Slovenia and Spain. The company recently announced plans to enter the new tyre manufacturing business in Brazil. See this month’s international section for more details.