Between April 5th and 7th, Tim Hercock, Vacu-Lug’s Managing Director, was at Vipal’s facilities in Feira de Santana, BA, and Nova Prata, RS.

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

On April 5th, Alessandro Campos, Vipal Europe’s Manager, and Aldo Bastos, welcomed Vacu-Lug’s Managing Director, Tim Hercock to Salvador, Bahia. After lunch, at a traditional local fish restaurant, in the city of Feira de Santana, Cassiano Peliciolli, Vipal’s Maintenance and Engineering Coordinator, came on board in order to show the tread rubber and motorcycle tyre production sites.

The following day, already in Porto Alegre at Vipal’s administrative offices, a meeting with the company’s board was held. The following day, as they arrived in Nova Prata, Leandro Rigon, Vipal’s International Business Manager, alongside Jorge Rampon, Industrial Manager, and Henrique Brito, Technology and Quality Manager, welcomed the group.

Through the morning, they visited the Factory II and its laboratory. By the afternoon, they started their visit at Vicencio Paludo Technical Centre (CTV), a retreading school that aims to prepare manpower specialised in tyre retreading and to serve as a reference for the Vipal Authorised Dealer Network. After that they had the opportunity to visit VipalTec, a high-tech laboratory where research and testing for the new and retreaded tyres certification are conducted. The visit wrapped up at the Research and Technology Centre (CPT), a structure maintained by Vipal to develop new processes and enhancements.

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.