Vipal retread proves itself in tests against a competitor

In News3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMarch 30, 2021

The DV-UM3B design was  65% superior in performance comparing to a product from another producer

Vipal Rubber‘s DV-UM3 Precure tread recently underwent a comparative test over a similar product from a competitor, and proved its performance to be 65% better under similar rolling and application conditions.

In order to guarantee the accuracy of the results, two Mercedes-Benz Atego medium-duty 6×2 trucks completed an urban garbage collection service route in Londrina, Brazil, with the tyres mounted in the drive axle. 

The Vipal DV-UM3B reached an average projection of 14.329km against 8705km from its competitor – which represents a 65% better performance. Analysing the average of kilometre per millimetre, Vipal also had a far better performance of 1.194km/mm against 757km/mm – 58% higher.

“Undoubtedly, the technology used by Vipal Rubber to develop its products, and the care we have 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,” explains Diego Antonietti  – Vipal regional fleet manager. 

According to Antonietti, garbage collecting service is quite demanding, especially on the tyres. “We know the tyre market for this segment very well, as well as the potential the DV-UM3B tread has and how effective it can be,” said Andrei da Luz, Vipal‘s consultant, who supervised the evaluation.

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.