New Zealand Retreaders Invest in Vipal Equipment


Vipal Machinery, the equipment division of Vipal Rubber has announced that two New Zealand retreaders, Tyre Retreaders and Power Retreads, have invested in extrusion and buffing equipment manufactured by Brazilian company. In total, three machines were shipped from Brazil to Oceania

Vipal Machinery Makes Progress in Oceania

Tyre Retreaders, from Christchurch, the first foreign company to acquire a piece of Vipal equipment, a VR01 Smart DUO buffer, in 2018, have now acquired the VOC-760 extruder for its production process.  The machine assists with the application of rubber in the tyre and speeds up the preparation of the tyre in the retreading process, facilitating the process and eliminating eventual tyre surface imperfections.

According to Tyre Retreaders Production Manager, Russell Hamilton, the speed with which the machine operates was impressive. "One of the benefits that I have noticed is the heating activity time, which is much faster in starting to execute the retreading process, generating more time and savings in the cost per tyre manufactured", he declared. 

Like Tyre Retreaders, Power Retreads, from the city of Hastings on the North Island, have also invested in Vipal machines, acquiring two pieces of equipment for the company's production line, the VR01 Smart DUO buffer, which allows the rubber to be removed from the tyre in the buffing process in an agile and precise manner, and the VOC 760 extruder.

“Our workflow has increased. We needed machines capable of keeping up with the new process, which is why we are happy to use devices of this size, which will facilitate the demands that we will receive throughout the year,” said the owner of Power Retreads, Dave Leicester. 

To strengthen Vipal's commitment with both partners, Vipal’s follow-up team carried out the set up and installation of the machines at both retreaders. Vipal’s team was led by André Desconsi, Technical Assistant; Denisson Parizotto, Machine Assembly Mechanic; Gilson Zanotto, Automation Analyst at Vipal Machinery; and Tiago Campanharo, Vipal Commercial Technician in Australia. Vipal staff also took advantage of the time to carry out the necessary training to operate the equipment and to clear any doubts from both customers. 

Vipal’s branch commercial Manager, Adalberto Fernandez, explained that the line of machines is an intelligent and effective answer for retreaders that are looking for productivity and quality in their retreading process. “We are proud to communicate that in New Zealand today our partners are producing their retreads with Vipal equipment. This was undoubtedly an important step, not only for Power Retreads and Tyre Retreaders, but also for retread tyre users in the country. This proves once again that the company demonstrates its ability to meet and overcome the most challenging demands,” he said.  

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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