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INNOVATION IS IN OUR DNA

The National Award for Innovation was presented at Rome’s Quirinale Palace in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, and the Minister for Public Administration and Innovation, Renato Brunetta.
Among the protagonists was Pirelli, distinguished for its long industrial tradition together with its ability to innovate, quality of production and strength of its brand
The Pirelli MIRS Processes won the award for innovation in the industry and services sector (large industrial groups of international significance).
A prestigious award received by Dr. Marco Cantù, one of the inventors of the patent, in the presence of Gianni Mancini, who represented Pirelli as head of process innovations (Next MIRS).
The award was made for “the invention of a new tyre production process, starting with thin strips of rubber on a drum, which permit the maximum control of the geometry of the rubber placed on it and the phases of vulcanisation”.
The 2011 was the sixth such awards ceremony, which has as its principal objective the enhancement and support of the best innovative and creative ability of companies, universities, public administrations, bodies and individual inventors, also with a view to favouring the growth of the culture of innovation in Italy.

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PIRELLI EXPANDS THE “GREEN” RANGE WITH CINTURATO P1, THE PREMIUM TYRE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED CARS

Pirelli presents Cinturato P1, the high-tech “green” tyre developed for small and medium-sized cars, which guarantees lower, performance on every surface and is environmentally friendly. The new addition to the Cinturato family was tested at its world premiere by the European media in Puglia, on a route winding through olive trees, beautiful villages and the Adriatic coast. Cinturato P1, soon to be launched also in Latin America and Asia, will be available on the European spare parts market by the end of 2011 in sizes ranging from 14” to 16” and has already been selected as original equipment by BMW.
Cinturato P1 expands Pirelli’s “green” range and includes Pirelli technology developed for its Ultra High Performance tyres: Cinturato P1 was designed according to the already successful state-of-the-art standards of Cinturato P7 and developed at Pirelli’s Research and Development center in Milan, where Formula 1 tyres are also devised.
The DNA of Cinturato P1 thus summarizes the “green” characteristics of Cinturato and Scorpion Verde, the eco-friendly tyre studied for Suvs and Crossover vehicles, and the technology studied for the P Zero family.
Safety, driving pleasure, attention to the environment and versatility are the four key characteristics of Cinturato P1, perfectly in line with new market requirements: performance seen as safety, energy efficiency and low environmental impact. Cinturato P1 is the tyre designed to comply with the coming 2012 UE Directive and label: in the first official tests, the new Pirelli tyre distinguished itself in terms of fuel savings and noise reduction, two key parameters to ensure a high “environmental score”. Thanks to its 15% lower weight and the choice of innovative technological solutions, the new Cinturato achieves a reduction in rolling resistance of up to 25%. Also in “green” terms, Cinturato P1 reduces external noise by 1,5 dB and inner noise by 1dB, improving ride comfort and driving pleasure. The P1’s eco-friendly character is matched by its high technological content: in some sizes, the new tyre is available also in the Run Flat version, which provides continual mobility.
The new Cinturato reinforces Pirelli’s “Green Performance” strategy – “green” products accounted for 36% of sales in 2010 – and accounted for 27% of the total sales worldwide. This makes the Cinturato eco-friendly range the Group’s most important and one that is destined to grow, in line with the expected growth of the “Green Performance”.


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WINTER ICECONTROL™ ARRIVES FOR EXTREME WEATHER

The new Pirelli car tyre developed especially for the Scandinavian markets and Russia, where the winters are extreme and motorists drive on ice and compacted snow, will become available in mid-2011.

Called Winter Icecontrol™, the tyre distinguishes itself by delivering outstanding performance under braking and handling on ice and in mud, traction and braking in the snow, its low rolling resistance and reduction of noise levels.

Almost 100 Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish clients tested the tyre at Alvsbyn in northern Sweden during four days of trials over 60 kilometres of ice and snow-covered roads in an event organised by Pirelli from 27 February until 1 March.

It was a launch that produced extremely positive results, so Winter Icecontrol™ will be on the roads next winter in Scandinavian cities, where this year drivers have been prohibited from using studded tyres for environmental reasons.


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