Pirelli to Build ‘Next Mirs’ Plant in Italy
Pirelli Tyre is planning to build a state-of-the-art industrial centre in the Settimo Torinese area of Italy, having signed an agreement with the Piedmont Regional, Turin Provincial, and Settimo Torinese Authorities. The new plant, will produce car and truck tyres, using “ecologically sustainable Next Mirs technology,” according to the company, making it the most modern Pirelli production facility worldwide. As part of the agreement with local authorities Pirelli Tyre and Turin Politecnico have agreed to cooperate on future research and technological projects.
Pirelli currently has two production facilities in the Settimo Torinese area. The industrial regeneration plan will entail transferring the production operations currently carried out in the car-tyre plant to the truck-tyre plant. Amalgamating the two facilities in this way will pave the way for inaugurating a modern centre.
Next Mirs is described as a development of the Pirelli robotised tyre-manufacturing system, and CCM, an advanced system for the production of tyre compounds. The new plant technology will enable the factory to produce high product mix and to consolidate output volumes.
Production at the new Piedmont centre will focus on tyres with high and with very high performance characteristics and will target both the replacement market and the OE sector. In
line with Pirelli sustainable development strategies, the new facility will be notable both for the adoption of measures to reduce environmental impact and energy consumption to the absolute minimum and for its high architectural and design quality.
As part of the Settimo Torinese industrial regeneration, Pirelli Tyre and Turin Politecnico have agreed to conduct joint projects for research and technological innovation. Already, on 12th June last, the company and Turin Politecnico set up a joint working group tasked with minimizing the environmental impact of the new industrial site and, especially, with further innovating the more advanced processes and products of Pirelli Tyre research, such as Next Mirs, CCM, and Cyber Tyre – the “smart” tyre designed to enhance safety when driving.