ROME, Ga.—Pirelli Tire North America Inc. has begun installing a fourth production line at its tire plant in Rome, which will become the lead source for Pirelli´s performance sport-utility vehicle tires.
The Modular Integrated Roboticized System line will be dedicated principally to making Scorpion Zero performance SUV tires, Pirelli said. Full production from the line is expected in June.
A MIRS module is capable of making about 125,000 tires a year, Pirelli said in the past, which would give the Rome plant the annual capacity to make 500,000 units.
Pirelli S.p.A. also will switch production of the 26-inch Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico to Georgia from Europe in June. The Italian company, with its logistics partner Kuehne + Nagel International, also has selected an industrial park southeast of Atlanta for a distribution center to service customers throughout the eastern U.S.
The warehouse in McDonough, Ga., is situated to serve not only the factory in nearby Rome, but also to receive more than 2,000 containers of tires from Pirelli factories in Europe and South America shipped through the port of Savannah, Ga., Pirelli said. The 247,000-sq.-ft. facility is designed to house more than $35 million worth of inventory.