"Our objective is to expand and consolidate our presence in the European market in 2006. Therefore, participating in this trade show is significantly important for us to strengthen our relationships with tyre retreaders and distributors, fleet operators and truckers. Our distribution centres in Spain and Slovenia are fundamental to this process, but it’s the quality and diversity of our product line that have been making the difference," asserts JoÃo Carlos Paludo, vice president of Vipal.
Vipal will be highlighting the VZA-B tread, exclusively for retreading Super Single tyres, which replace the sets of double wheels on tractor trailers. The VZA-B tread which has a 295-mm base and was designed for medium and long hauls features shoulders that are more resistant to the effects of lateral drag.
Vipal will also be highlighting several of its latest launches. Among the company’s new products are the V-SET and V-SEL treads, tested and approved by the trucks of Team Volkswagen at the 2005 edition of the “Rally dos SertÕes,” one of Latin America’s largest off-road racing events, held annually in Brazil. It was the first time that a rally racing team successfully used retreaded tyres.
As well as presenting its line of products at the show, Vipal will also be highlighting the benefits of tyre retreading for the transportation sector, where using retreads can lead to highly significant reductions in costs. "We know that, after fuel, tyres represent the second highest cost on products for ground transportation. Imagine how much a carrier can save, for example, by choosing for retreads. Therefore, we’ve invested heavily in technology in order to produce treads that, in addition to offering quality and safety, help reduce operational costs," states Paludo.
Besides cost factors, environmental issues are also significant to the tyre retread market. "It is estimated that around two million new tyres are produced every day around the world, and the challenge for many countries is to create alternatives to prevent used tyres from causing environmental problems. And retreading is the foremost alternative, since it reduces the overall number of used tyres that are discarded," concludes Paludo.