Vipal directs European course with Spanish recycled tyre association
Brazilian retread material and tyre repair manufacturer Vipal has hosted a course in Europe. The even was run in conjunction with Universidad Miguel Hernández and Asociación Española de Neumáticos Reciclados (the Spanish recycled tyres association).
One of the objectives of the inaugural course in Elche, Spain, was to provide participants with a general overview of the techniques involved in recycling tyres, with a particular focus on common problems and methods for avoiding them. Held at the end of October, this event launched activities that are part of the course entitled “Research and Training regarding Recycling Tyres” that has become part of the Mechanical Engineering degree offered by the University.
The collaboration between Vipal and the UMH came about thanks to a project from the Asociación Española de Neumáticos Reciclados (AER), of which it is a collaborating member. “The objective of this initiative was to create, through a teaching institution, a course on recycling tyres. The UMH has joined the project by setting up a recycling school as a training centre for its students and AER members”, explains the Director of International Relations, Leandro Rigon.
Directed by Vipal engineer, Ariel Baserga and by UMH professor, Miguel Sánchez Lozano, the inaugural session was attended by company clients, professors collaborating in the new course and students from the University. At the end of the session, which lasted eight hours, the participants received a diploma, recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a professional specialisation course.
Among the clients of the Vipal Group that received the diploma are Francisco Galán (Graneuman), Eduardo García Floria (Recauchutados Herca) and Pablo Herrando García (Recauchutados Herca). “The event received a tremendous reception at the UMH, where Vipal presented a course model that has been adapted to the academic guidelines required by the University. As a result, the certificates are signed by both the director of the UMH and the company”, pointed out Rigon.
Next year it is expected that Vipal will develop other similar courses as part of the programme of activities offered by the University.