Vipal Rubber, always keen to recognise the achievements of its partners, was proud to sponsor the 70th anniversary celebrations of UK retreader Vaculug in late August. In addition to holding a party at Vaculug’s headquarters in Grantham, which was attended by employees and partners, and which featured several leisure and entertainment activities including paintball and go-kart racing, Vipal also presented a plaque in honour of the company's seven decades of existence to Vaculug’s Executive Chairman, Harjeev Kandhari.
“We have a long partnership with Vipal Rubber, a company we identify with because like us, it maintains a permanent commitment to quality, from the products it manufactures to the service it provides,” commented Kandhari. “Receiving this tribute from Vipal demonstrates how consistent and genuine its connection with Vaculug is.”
Meanwhile, Vaculug employees Liam Atkinson, Jason Hughes and Paul Farrington were also honoured by Vipal in recognition of their essential collaboration over the years.
Frederico Schmidt, General Manager of Vipal in Europe, reinforced Kandhari's testimony, saying: “Vaculug is a solid and diversified company, focused on quality products, that is on a never-ending search for the latest technology. In the year in which it celebrates its 70th anniversary, it is a great pleasure to be recognised as one of the company’s main suppliers.”
In terms of the current market in which Vaculug operates, Leonardo Muller, from Vipal's commercial department in Europe, notes that tyre retreading has suffered from low demand recently due to the lockdown imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, but even considering the decreased circulation of trucks and transport in general, the retreading market in the United Kingdom is benefiting due to shortages in the availability of new tyres for prompt delivery.
Founded in 1950, Vaculug has over 140 employees, making it one of the largest retreaders in Europe. The company manufactures hot and cold cure retreaded tyres for trucks and OTR and has been Vipal's partner for over ten years, selling Vipal treads throughout the United Kingdom.