Vacu-Lug Visits Vipal Rubber in Brazil

Between April 5 and 7, Vipal played host to one of the UK’s leading retreaders, when Tim Hercock, Vacu Lug’s Managing Director, visited Vipal’s facilities in Feira de Santana, BA, and Nova Prata, RS in Brazil.

“The strengthening of our relationship with such an important partner from the UK, is an essential step for Vipal’s position in the market”, said Aldo Bastos, International Business Director of Vipal Rubber.

On April 5th, Alessandro Campos, Vipal Europe’s Manager, and Aldo Bastos, welcomed Hercock to Salvador, Bahia, where he was shown the Brazilian company’s tread rubber and motorcycle tyre production sites.

On the following day in Nova Prata the Group, joined by Leandro Rigon, Vipal’s International Business Manager, Jorge Rampon, Industrial Manager, and Henrique Brito, Technology and Quality Manager, visited the Factory II and its laboratory, the Vicencio Paludo Technical Centre (CTV), and the VipalTec research and testing centre. The visit wrapped up at the Research and Technology Centre (CPT), a structure maintained by Vipal to develop new processes and enhancements.

Vacu Lug, one of the top retreaders in the UK and Europe, has been a Vipal client since 2007, operating in the freight, highway, OTR and agricultural tyre segments. Tim Hercock, Vacu Lug’s Managing Director, highlighted the technology used at the company’s manufacturing plants. He said he was impressed with the investments that have been made into research and development of new rubber composites and products. “This visit confirmed how much Vacu Lug and Vipal’s businesses have in common; we therefore continue to consider this partnership extremely important for both companies and appreciate these opportunities to swap experiences,” he noted.

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Retreading Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.

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