NEW HAVEN, Conn. (June 28)—Pirelli S.p.A. will begin tire production July 1 at its Modular Integrated Roboticized System prototype plant in Milan, Italy. By mid-2002, the tire maker plans to construct another fully automated, modular plant in the U.S. to handle anticipated new, original equipment business for its high-performance tires. During the next two years it also plans four more MIRS sites around the globe. The new factories are intended to house incremental business, a Pirelli spokesman said, not to displace traditional high-performance tire production at sites in South America, Europe and Hanford, Calif. Although Pirelli didn´t reveal its investment in the 2-year-old project, it said MIRS lowers total product costs by 25 percent, improves quality by 100 percent and increases labor productivity 80 percent.
Pirelli to begin fully automated production in Milan July 1
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