NOVA PRATA, Brazil—Brazilian retread materials producer Borrachas Vipal S/A has promoted Frederico Schmidt to general manager of its European branch.
Schmidt's 15-year career began when he joined the company at its headquarters in Nova Prata. He later transferred to the U.S. as technical coordinator for the North American and Caribbean markets. Most recently, he was regional business manager.
Established in 1973, Vipal serves customers in more than 90 countries around the world and employs 3,000.
The company operates three plants in Brazil—two in Nova Prata and one in Feira de Santana—and has distribution centers in Germany, England, Slovenia and Spain. Additional distribution branches are located in the U.S.—in Florida, Virginia and California—as well as Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Chile, and Colombia.