Vipal VRT3 Fleet Tests


Vipal has released the results of two tests carried out on European highways, which demonstrate the performance of the company’s VRT3 tread for highway freight transportation.

Vipal Carries Out Fleet Tests in Spain and Northern Ireland

The tests were developed with the fleet companies Civantrans Civantos Prieto, from Cordoba, Spain, and A1 Transport NI, from Belturbet, North Ireland. During the first test, the analysis was made with Vipal’s authorised retreading company Renovados Muralla, from Ávila, in Castilla y León. In this case, an Iveco 450 truck was equipped with four drive tyres and drove across the highway network in the metropolitan area and in the province of Cordoba. The performance obtained with the design accounted for 264,445 kilometres, which compared favourably with the performance achieved with new tyres from a competitor brand.

The result was approved by the fleet company involved. "Civantrans Civantos Prieto trusts Vipal to safely renew its tyres, counting on the brand’s quality and good performance", said Gabriel Civantos Prieto, the fleet’s owner. Civantrans Civantos Prieto develops competitive, safe and efficient waste load transportation regionally, counting on 20 years of experience in the sector and on a modern fleet of vehicles.

On the test conducted with A1 Transport NI, carried out in partnership with the retreading company ECO Tyre, from the Irish city of Creeny, the VRT3 tread was applied to drive tyres on a Scania R440, and achieved a performance of 184,514 kilometres, also better in performance compared with the new tyres of another brand in the market.

A1 Transport NI’s fleet maintenance manager, Neil Treacy, commented that his company "recommends retreading tyres with Vipal because of the high quality and good performance of its products". A1 Transport NI is a leading fleet company in its country, with full time transportation solutions across the United Kingdom and Europe.

The VRT3 tread is designed for radial tyres fitted to the drive axles of commercial vehicles. It has excellent drive properties in high-power vehicles, with agile responses on dry or wet surfaces and good water flow. Specified for highway fleet transportation, the design is especially recommended for long-distance travels on paved roads.

"In recent years, we have intensified the tests in fleets, generating very positive results, such as these obtained with Civantrans Civantos Prieto and A1 Transport NI. We can demonstrate not only the quality of our product, but also the retreading benefits for the fleets, expanding this market. This is very important for Vipal and for the industry as a whole”, emphasised Vipals Commercial Manager in Europe, Fabrício Nedeff.

Vipal’s performance evaluations seek to compare similar products, applied in their intended segments and submitted to use in equal conditions, ensuring impartiality in the results obtained. For this to be possible, the tests follow strict standards stipulated by Vipal’s Methodology on Performance Evaluation.

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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