His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has visited the Pirelli factory in Carlisle, one of two Pirelli plants in the UK, to celebrate its 50th year of operation.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by HM trade commissioner for Europe, Andrew Mitchell; the ambassador of Italy in the UK, Raffaele Trombetta,;the executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of Pirelli, Marco Tronchetti Provera; together with a number of senior managers and Pirelli employees.
“It was a great honor to welcome His Royal Highness to our factory in Carlisle during this important anniversary year, as we celebrate the fruitful relationship between Pirelli and the United Kingdom. It will be a day that we will all long remember,” Tronchetti Provera said.
Of particular interest to His Royal Highness were Pirelli’s apprenticeship scheme and the company’s attention to sustainability issues. Through apprenticeships, Pirelli has provided skilled employment opportunities in the Carlisle area for more than 40 years.
With regard to sustainability, Carlisle works toward the achievement of the group’s global goals and has helped establish Pirelli as a recognized leader in the auto components sector on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. This year the group was also included on the CDP Climate A list for its efforts to counter climate change.
The Pirelli factory in Carlisle produces SUV tires for the premium segments, and supplies both the domestic and foreign markets. Together with the plant in Burton-on-Trent, which dates back to 1929, the company employs more than 1,300 people in the UK, with Carlisle accounting for around 900 of those.