NOVA PRATA, Brazil (May 27, 2014) — Tire retreader Vipal Rubber Corp. recently invited David Stevens, managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB), to Brazil to meet with tire retreading institutions from a number of Latin American companies in an effort to look “for ways to improve the sector.”
The Falls Church, Va.-based TRIB executive had the opportunity to visit Vipal’s facilities in Nova Prata (State of Rio Grande do Sul) and Feira de Santana (State of Bahia), as well as stop by the company’s booth at the PneuShow-Recaufair tire fair in São Paulo, according to Vipal.
Mr. Stevens thanked the company for the invitation to visit Brazil, according to a Vipal press release, saying that “it was very beneficial to see Vipal’s operations first hand. I was very impressed by everything.” He noted that as a U.S.-based tire retreading organization, TRIB is responsible “for establishing a dialogue between the tire production industry, tire retreaders and equipment manufacturers.”
Vipal said it “is focused on making the sector more professional, and as always, is the main player in improving tire retreading throughout Latin America.”
Established in 1973 in Nova Prata, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Vipal has 3,000 employees. In addition to its manufacturing plants in Nova Prata and Feira de Santana, the company also operates three distribution facilities in Brazil, exports to all continents and has distribution centers in South America, North America, Europe and Oceania.
Vipal claims it was the first Brazilian company in the sector to attain ISO 9002 certification, has reached ISO9001:2008 and the performance verification certificate for its tire tread line by IFBQ/INMETRO.
Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?
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|I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.||
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