Russian Pirelli production to commence in 2014
On 10 July, the general director of Pirelli Tyre Russia and Pirelli S.p.A. chief procurement officer, Carlo Costa, met with Voronezh Region governor Alexey Gordeyev to discuss plans for the Voronezh Tyre Plant, which the Italian tyre maker acquired together with Russian Technologies earlier this year. During the meeting, Costa revealed that Pirelli will invest in modernising the facility with a view to producing Pirelli-branded tyres there from 2014.
Costa noted that the Voronezh factory is a unique project for Pirelli as typically the company establishes its own greenfield facilities; Voronezh requires total refurbishment and its workforce retraining before the manufacture of Pirelli tyres can begin there. A total of 101 million euros will be invested in the modernisation project. Pirelli’s distribution centre in Moscow will also be relocated to Voronezh by September 2012, Costa shared.
Governor Gordeyev said the Voronezh Region is ready to provide full support and assistance for the project, including support to aid the investment project’s implementation. Pirelli Tyre Russia petitioned Gordeyev for assistance in repairing the roads leading to the Voronezh factory; he has assigned deputy-Governor Alexander Gusev to address this issue.