Vipal DV-UM3B Design Succeeds in Comparative Tests


Vipal has reported that its DV-UM3 tread pattern has achieved 65% better performance than one of its competitors in a comparative testing exercise using similar rolling and application conditions.

Postive Test Results in Waste Sector


According to Vipal, in order to guarantee the accuracy of the results, two Mercedes Benz Atego medium duty truck (6x2) models were used, with both trucks being circulated with tyres mounted on the drive axle. The vehicles were carrying out garbage collecting services on urban routes in Londrina, Brazil. The Tread Pattern DV-UM3B is claimed to have reached an average projection of 14.329 kilometres against 8705 kilometres from its competitor. Analysing the average kilometre per millimetre performance, the Vipal product achieved 1.194 km/mm against 757 km/mm by the competitor.

“The technology used to develop our products and the care we take in providing the transporter with the ideal application for each need were essential for us to obtain such significant results with our product in relation to a similar one from the competitor” explained Diego Antonietti, Vipal Regional Fleet Manager.

The DV-UM3B was developed especially for radial tyres on drive or trailer axles. Ideal for urban perimeter use, it provides excellent traction and low rolling resistance. Its design was developed to minimise retention of rocks and unwanted objects, providing the casing with more protection against damage. In addition, it was also made to obtain greater mileage and stability in contact with the ground, as well as the temperature, which tends to remain stable, prolonging the tyre service life.

The tests carried out by Vipal follow strict standards stipulated by Vipal’s Performance Evaluation Methodology, seeking to compare similar products, applied in the segments for which they are intended and subjected to use under equal conditions, ensuring impartiality in the results obtained.

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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