ITATIAIA, Brazil—VMI South America Ltd. christened a new facility with an open house for customers and suppliers, having relocated to a new and larger location halfway between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The 14,500-sq.-ft. facility includes a workshop and office space, and will support VMI's increasing activity in South America, according to a statement.
The new VMI Itatiaia facility also includes a depot repair facility, dedicated for maintenance and repair of VMI's mechanical tire building and shaping drums, which should provide a quick maintenance turn-around time, according to the statement.
The facility also will serve as the production-assembly location for VMI's Retrax program of tire retreading machines for that region. VMI Retrax is a machine for retread cushion gum extrusion smearing and, optionally, a pre-cure tread application.