VMI South America Ltda has celebrated the official opening of its new facility in Itatiaia, about half way between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with an open house event for both customers and suppliers. Managing Director Robson Souza de Araujo and his team now have approximately 1,350 m2 floor space at their disposal, comprising of a workshop and office space, all required for VMI’s increasing activities in South America.
VMI South America Ltda is the service hub for all VMI equipment users in South America, with direct spare parts supply from own stock. The new VMI Itatiaia facility also includes a depot repair facility, dedicated to the maintenance and repair of VMI’s advanced mechanical tyre building and shaping drums, which are in use in several tyre plants in South America.
The new facility also serves as a production-assembly location for VMI’s successful RETRAX range of cushion gum extrusion and pre-cured tread application machines. The VMI RETRAX program ‘made in Brazil’ was introduced in South America in 2016, during the PneuShow Expo in São Paulo. This new generation VMI RETRAX machinery replaced the previous well known VMI-‘AZ’ CTC program. The VMI RETRAX machines are sold directly by VMI South America Ltda to customers in the region.