A new €5.35m (US$5.89m) R&D initiative at Pirelli called Total Safety System will look at the use of new materials for improved safety, the development of fully-automated finished product checking methods, and the implementation of new safety systems based on tire sensors.
The project, which will be conducted at Pirelli’s research center in Milan, Italy, will last around 24 months and will be partly funded by the Lombardy Regional Government, which will contribute €1.9m (US$2.1m).
This contribution will facilitate the employment of 12 new R&D staff members between 2015 and 2017, who will join the 130 experts already involved in the project’s implementation.
Marco Tronchetti Provera, executive vice chairman and CEO of Pirelli, commented, “The center in Milan represents the main driver of our R&D and enables Pirelli to compete and continue to grow in international markets.
“The contribution of the regional government is an important recognition on the part of the institution of the work conducted until now and will enable the launch of a project aimed at the creation of tires that are always safe and environmentally sustainable, able to offer clients not only safety and high performance, but also solutions that respect the environment.”
February 23, 2016