The Pirelli Technological Centre at Settimo Torinese played a protagonist’s role as part of the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Accompanied by the Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera and other members of Pirelli top management, the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, and his wife Clio visited the Group’s most technologically advanced factory, where they were enthusiastically welcomed by employees present for the event. Addressing the blue collar workers, the Head of State declared,“Here, people work for peace; if research has the means, it can produce the answers we are looking for”. The President therefore underlined the technological excellence of the Settimo site. An excellence also reiterated by chairman Tronchetti Provera, who remarked, “The visit of the Head of State has increased the enthusiasm that already exists in this factory, which is the most modern of its kind in the world, with more than 70 patents and advanced technologies”. The visit, in which the leaders of the local institutions and the academic world (the president of the Piedmont Region, Roberto Cota, the president of the Province of Turin, Antonio Saitta, the Mayor of Settimo Torinese, Aldo Corgiat Loia, the prefect of Turin, Alberto Di Pace and the rector of the Turin Polytechnic, Francesco Profumo, concluded with the presentation to President Napolitano of a Tricolour Formula 1 Pirelli tyre, created ad hoc as a memento of an event that will remain part of the history of the Group.