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Vipal treads receive performance seals

Posted on 06 June 2016

Visitors to Reifen 2016, which is held from May 24 to 27 in Essen, Germany, will have the chance to see some of Vipal Rubber’s new products firsthand. The Latin American leader and one of the top worldwide manufacturers of tyre retreading products will exhibit its treads that have just received important international seals: the Alpine Symbol and rolling resistance, noise and wet grip.

The Alpine Symbol rates the efficiency of treads made for operating in heavy snow conditions. In this case, the VDA4 and VT160 treads were tested at an accredited laboratory, which measured their levels of adherence to snow. The results were, respectively, 79% and 60% better grip on snow compared to stock tyres. These results, which far exceed the 25% required to receive the certification, attest to the quality of these Vipal products.

Meanwhile, the grading shows the tread’s performance in terms of rolling resistance and wet grip, on a scale from “A” (most efficient) to “G” (least efficient), and rolling noise, graded in decibels. These criteria – which are important for ensuring good tyre performance – were evaluated by a verified laboratory and yielded positive results for the two tested treads: the VL140A and VT110. These designs, which were selected to start the grading process, are perfect for the cargo transport segment.

Vipal also brings its line of exclusive designs to the trade fair, such as the VRT3, DV-UM3, DV-RT4 and DV-RM treads, as well as the winged treads VL150A and VL140A, and tyre repair and retreading products. The 29th run of Reifen will take place in tandem with RubberTech Europe – a technology trade fair for experts – and the Future Tyre Conference forum, which focuses on the future of the tyre industry. Reifen 2016 expects to exceed the numbers reached during its previous run in 2014, which received 20,000 visitors and hosted 670 booths representing the most important brands in the sector from around the world.