Vipal Rubber has commenced operations at its newest manufacturing facility, in Pérez, Santa Fe province, Argentina.
The plant, which the company says incorporates the most up-to-date technology of any of its manufacturing units, has been created following a US$20bn investment, and is Vipal’s first plant outside Brazil. It will produce precured treads for tire retreads, to supply Argentine and export markets.
The plant covers an area of 15,000m2 with a built area of 7,600m2. Vipal states that it has an installed capacity to process 1,000 tons of rubber mixture per month, with 600 tons/month destined for the production of precured treads. The plant also incorporates a distribution center, with 1,000 tons of storage capacity.
According to the company’s international business director, Leandro Rigon, the plant is needed to meet business demand in Argentina and other Latin countries: “The main objective of the factory in Argentina is to improve our capacity to serve the local market, with more efficient logistics, in addition to using the new platform for exports to neighboring markets with greater synergy. After 25 years working in the Argentine market, today we have come to bring a novelty that will further strengthen our commitment to the country.”