Tire Building Industry

VMI wins Tire Manufacturing Innovation Award 2013

At the Gala event of the Tire Technology Expo in Cologne, the Innovation and Excellence Awards were presented. For the second time in the five year history of this award, VMI proudly received the Tire Manufacturing Innovation Award. This time for its latest innovation: the FLEXX Belt Maker.

VMI’s new FLEXX Belt Maker produces high quality belts in a very flexible and cost effective way. It utilizes an extrusion process rather than calendering.

The FLEXX combines the latest and most advanced technologies in motion, cutting, vision and extrusion. The use of gear pump extruder technology ensures dimensionally stable and accurate strip production, needed for ultra high quality splices.

The judge quotes: “With a more flexible and economical approach to tire manufacturing, FLEXX Belt Maker opens up opportunities for the tire industry to supply its customers with optimized tire designs at a lower cost and shorter lead time, resulting in gains for both manufacturer and consumer.” Henning Olsson, Engineer, OptimumG

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