Pirelli wins VW global supplier award
Pirelli has won the 2013 Volkswagen Group Award for its global partnership, product quality, competitiveness, project management and flexibility. According to the company, VW’s “global champion” Pirelli has produced more than 200 homologations that equip some of the Wolfsburg carmaker’s most prestigious models. Another 250 homologations are currently under development, many of which will go into production within the next few years.
Pirelli supplies 6 million Ultra High Performance (UHP) tyres per year to the Volkswagen Group. Current fitments include the Porsche Carrera, Boxster, Cayenne and Panamera, as well as the Lamborghini Aventador and Gallardo, the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur. In the premium sector this includes the Audi TT and RS6 as well as the Volkswagen Touareg and Phaeton.
Furthermore the partnership between the two groups is said to be expanding internationally. As well as the European market, other key territories include Latin America, Mexico, China and joint business development in Russia and the United States.
The Volkswagen Group also underlined Pirelli’s “firm commitment, competitiveness and ability to innovate, with the development of self-sealing technology underlining the company’s technical know-how and ability to rise to future challenges.”
The prize was given to Pirelli at a recent ceremony in Dresden, Germany, by the chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen AG, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn and Dr. Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz, board member of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for procurement.