VIRAM SUN Nigeria Limited, foremost tyre marketer and sole distributors of GT Radial brand of tyres has donated modern vulcanizing kits estimated at several million of naira and GT Radial tyres to the Lagos State Vulcanizers Association.
The equipment which was dispensed to individual members of the association at an enlightening workshop at Karma Hotel, Apapa Lagos would enable the vulcanizers deliver quality service at lesser time and at competitive price.
Delivering the device contained in a whimsical carry-on pouch, Mr. Pankaj Arora, general manager, Viramsun Nigeria Limited charged the 110 beneficiaries to maximize the equipment for the enhancement of vulcanization in Nigeria.
He said “Nigerian vulcanizers cannot be isolated in a world driven by technology and that is why we have decided to equip you with modern vulcanizing kits to prepare you for future challenges.” Adding that the time has come to jettison antiquated ways of vulcanization, Mr. Arora said “the devices couldn’t have come at better time as the population of discerning motorists who needed quality service is increasing by the day.”
According to him, the equipment is the first phase of similar trade empowerment programmes the company would extend to other members of the association in various local government councils of Lagos State.
Also speaking at the occasion, Mr. Anil Anandani, national sales manager, Viramsun Nigeria Limited described the gesture as tradition of the tyre marketing and servicing company, which finds solace in empowering artisans and adding value to their services.
He said the company has in its 10 years of operation contributed immensely to the society where it operates such that in 2006, “We donated tyres and thread depth gauge to the Federal Road Safety Commission, Lagos. In his presentation, Mr. P. Kasbaker, national sales manager (Technical), Viramsun Nigeria Limited described tyres as one of the most significant component of a car, warning that failure to give it the desired care could be devastating.
He then enjoined the beneficiaries to take advantage of the modern vulcanizing kits to enhance service delivery. The gadgets, he reiterated, is user-friendly and would help contemporary vulcanizers optimise value, compared to the antiquated style of heating the tyre after applying a patch, which according to him, is cumbersome and environmentally hazardous.
Mr. Matthew Ogundaini, executive chairman, Lagos State Vulcanizers Association reassured the company of their allegiance and pledged that the beneficiaries would use the equipment to raise the standard of vulcanization and enhance the value of GT Radial tyres.
Also in his reaction, Mr. Slaudeen Taiwo, general secretary, Lagos State Vulcanizers’ Association said the gadgets would further enhance the safety of lives by reducing carnage on the motorways while raising the consciousness of motorists’ about quality tyres.
Mr. Taiwo urged vulcanisers to always inform their customers of the dangers of fitting used tyres, stating that “the cure for ignorance is knowledge, education and enlightenment, which GT Radial and Viramsun has come to impact in us through this workshop on technical information and donation of invaluable tools.”
Prince Chris Ifebi, managing director, Kingsman & Kingsmams Group, marketers of GT Radial tyres also in his goodwill message commended youths for adopting vulcanization trade, noting that his company is already working out modalities with Viramsun Nigeria and GT Radial China to design handy machines for fitting and dismantling tyres.
And when invariably we get you these machines, which can be powered by small gasoline generators, Prince Ifebi said, “We would have succeeded in putting behind the medieval technique of vulcanizing tyres in our country. However, these kits you now have, have inducted you in the league of countries using modern technique of vulcanization,” he said.
Similarly, Prince Emmanuel Obiakor, managing director, Tee Ventures Nigeria Limited, another distinguished marketer of GT Radial Tyres praised the initiative as first of its kind and remarked that GT Radial has become Nigeria’s foremost tyre because of its quality and durability.
Celebrated for its eminence, GT Radial has lately become the toast of discerning motorists who want to ‘experience the performance and discover the value of precision manufactured tyre.’
GT Radial has wide range of tyres that suit all driving styles and purposes. It also manufactures top quality tyres for passenger cars; 4WD’s, vans, trucks and buses. “Whatever your tyre needs, GT Radial has a tyre that’s perfect for you,” Prince Obiakor quipped.
Mr. P. Kasbaker, National Sales Manager (Technical), explaining a point to members of Lagos State Vulcanizers Association at a ceremony in Lagos where Viramsun Nigeria Limited donated modern vulcanizing devises to the association.