VMI South America relocates to new Itatiaia facility in Brazil

new-ItatiaiaVMI South America Ltda celebrated its official relocation to its new and larger location in the city of Itatiaia, about half way between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with an open house event for its customers and suppliers.

Approximately 1,350 sq m floor space comprising of a workshop and office space and which are all required for VMI’s increasing activities in South America is now available to Managing Director Robson Souza de Araujo and his team.

VMI South America Ltda is the service hub for all VMI equipment users in South America, with direct spare parts supply from own stock.

The new VMI Itatiaia facility furthermore includes a depot repair facility, dedicated for maintenance and repair of  VMI’s highly advanced mechanical tyre building & shaping drums, which are in use in several tyre plants in South America. With various depot repair facilities spread across several continents, VMI assures a quick maintenance turn-around time of these drums.

The VMI South America facility is also the production-assembly location for VMI’s successful RETRAX program of tyre retreading machines for that region.

VMI RETRAX is a machine for retread cushion gum extrusion smearing and, optionally, a high accuracy pre-cured tread application. The VMI RETRAX program ‘made in Brazil’ was introduced in South America in 2016, during the Pneu Show Expo in São Paulo. This new generation VMI RETRAX machinery replaced the previous well known VMI-‘AZ’ CTC program. The VMI RETRAX machines are sold directly by VMI South America Ltda to customers in the region.