TURIN, Italy (July 18) — Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. is planning to consolidate its separate car and truck tire plants in Turin into one "state-of-the-art technological and industrial center" for car and truck tires at the site of its current truck tire plant in Turin´s Settimo district.
The tire maker did not disclose investment or timetable information for the project, which it called an "industrial regeneration plan" supported by the Piedmont Regional Authority, Turin Provincial Authority and Settimo Torinese Municipal Authority.
Pirelli said it intends to take full advantage of its Modular Integrated Robotized System tire manufacturing and Continuous Compound Mixing rubber compounding technologies for the amalgamated factory, which will concentrate on high performance and top-line original equipment tires.
In addition, Pirelli said it would adopt measures to reduce environmental impact and energy consumption to the absolute minimum and would focus on high architectural and design quality.
The existing truck tire plant in Settimo — a suburb northeast of Turin — covers 2.63 million square feet, was opened in 1961 and operates with a work force of nearly 600, turning out about 2,000 tires a day. The 53-year-old, 2.47 million-sq.-ft. car tire plant produces 13,000 units a day with 1,150 employees. It also makes all of Pirelli´s race tires.
The company has been working with local and regional authorities since November to get the project going. The agreement commits the various levels of local government to facilitate the achievement of the plan by cutting authorization times to a minimum and assisting in improvements to the areas affected by the project, Pirelli said.