Prime minister visits Pirelli
British prime minister David Cameron visited Pirelli’s factory in Carlisle on Friday 26 April where he met with the chairman and CEO of Pirelli, Marco Tronchetti Provera, as well as Italian Ambassador, Pasquale Terraciano, and chairman of Pirelli Tyres Ltd, Mr Dominic Sandivasci. The prime minister was on a tour to the area as part of his campaigning activities ahead of local elections and incorporated the visit to the Pirelli factory, which in 2011 was awarded a £2 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund.
During his visit, Mr Cameron met with Pirelli’s senior UK management, he was then updated on the development project, before having a brief tour of the factory. David Cameron then participated in a 30 minute question and answer session with a large gathering of Pirelli workers. According to the company, the RGF funds facilitate the development of a range of innovative, low CO2 emission, UHP tyres for the UK and export markets.
The Pirelli plant in Carlisle, which employs 756 people, opened in 1968 and is one of two Pirelli factories in the UK, the other being in Burton-on-Trent. Pirelli is at present committed to investing a total of £20.4 million in Carlisle.