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Vipal treads are ready for the De-minimis program

Posted on 05 June 2017

Promoted by the German government, the program allows fleet operators to receive reimbursement for a significant part of their costs acquiring tyres retreaded with certain specifications.

Vipal Rubber, Latin American leader and one of the top worldwide manufacturers of tyre retreading products, is a company that takes pride in its path and its achievements. Among these is the know-how accumulated in more than 40 years developing products adapted to the real situation of roads all over the world. Such is the case of seven treads in the brand’s portfolio. The VT220, VT160, VDA4, VL150A, VZAB, VAP1 and VT550A designs are eligible for use by the German De-minimis program, which reimburses participating fleets for a significant portion of their retreaded tyre acquisition costs.

Since 2015, through its Federal Goods Transport Office (BAG), the German government has been benefiting various fleet operators with this pay back system, serving companies that use new and retreaded tyres with certain characteristics. The program’s requirements are divided by use on drive axles and trailer axles.

To be eligible for the De-minimis program, many German fleets are turning to Vipal products, which are duly verified to meet the program’s requirements. The models used for drive axles are VT220, VT160 and VDA4. For the trailer axle, the VL150A, VZAB, VAP1 and VT550A are available. “We are really committed to Vipal being able to offer an increasing number of profiles subsidized by De-minimis. To do so, we conduct a series of research studies in partnership with the fleets, to ensure both quality and increasing variety of applications,” says Frederico Schmidt, Vipal’s Manager in Europe.

Over the years, the company has invested to comply with European legislation, guaranteeing a great solution to  the market. Vipal already offers treads certified with 3MPSF or the Alpine Symbol, attesting to their good performance in severe snow conditions.