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The exhibition held in the Archimede Library in Settimo Torinese retraces the over 140 years of Pirelli, one of the most important industries in the district.

From 18 January 2017 to 1 May 2017, the Archimede Library in Settimo Torinese will host the exhibition entitled “Pirelli in 100 Pictures. Beauty, Innovation, Manufacturing”. The exhibition traces over 140 years of Pirelli: factory workers, technology, new product research, relationships with the arts and innovative communications, motorsports and the famous calendar. It is also the opportunity to present first pictures of a new project taken inside the Pirelli industrial Hub in Settimo Torinese by Peter Lindbergh, author of the 2017 Pirelli Calendar, to the general public.

The exhibition, curated by Fondazione Pirelli which runs the Historical Archives from where the material was picked, is promoted and organized by Comune di Settimo Torinese with the contribution of Pirelli and Fondazione ECM (Esperienze di Cultura Metropolitana) and is sponsored by Regione Piemonte and Città Metropolitana di Torino. Attending the presentation were the President of Regione Piemonte, Sergio Chiamparino, Mayor of Settimo Torinese, Fabrizio Puppo, Executive Vice President and CEO of Pirelli, Marco Tronchetti Provera, the President of Fondazione ECM, Aldo Corgiat, and Managing Director of Fondazione Pirelli Antonio Calabrò.

We are privileged to offer the opportunity of a unique exhibition to visitors to the Archimede Library”, said the Mayor of Settimo Torinese, Fabrizio Puppo. “The photographs and illustrations retrace the over 140 years of history of Pirelli, which is in part the history of our city and of many workers and citizens of Settimo Torinese and the surrounding towns who have worked there and contributed to its growth. Employment, culture and innovation and three key concepts that tie the history of Pirelli to that of our city and that is told in the most exciting way in the ‘Pirelli in 100 pictures’ exhibition”.

“Innovation and product quality, attention to people and communication with the district where our plants are situated, in Italy and in the world, have always been among the strongest values of Pirelli”, declared Executive Vice President and CEO of Pirelli, Marco Tronchetti Provera. “The exhibition in Settimo Torinese, the site of our most innovative industrial hub, is proof of this. The commitment of the Settimo and Regione Piemonte local authorities, which whom we have interacted with mutual benefit for many years, drives us to continue to operate by combining local and international perspectives”.

“We are proud to have this opportunity to host the splendid ‘Pirelli in 100 Pictures’ exhibition”, added the president of Fondazione ECM, Aldo Corgiat. “This activity is part of a comprehensive cultural program involving Settimo local authorities, Fondazione ECM and Pirelli, which included the shows of Marco Paolini and Moni Ovadia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Settimo earning city status, the WORKERS exhibition, concerts in the factory for the MITO festival, the Innovation and Science Festival of which Pirelli is Main Sponsor and the library opened in the plant with the collaboration of Archimede”.

The “Pirelli in 100 Pictures. Beauty, Innovation, Manufacturing” exhibition is further confirmation of the importance of culture as a tool for driving development, social cohesion and integration, in addition to reasserting the bond between culture and employment in Settimo Torinese. For Pirelli, in particular, the exhibition follows the activities organized and sponsored in Settimo by the company and by Fondazione Pirelli, which was established in 2009 to promote and disseminate corporate culture, history and documentation. Examples of these activities include the three concerts organized at the Hub in 2010, 2011 and 2014 for the MITO Festival, that Pirelli has been sponsoring since 2007, and the support offered by Pirelli to the Innovation and Science Festival.

The exhibition

The exhibition develops through six sections. “Una P lunga oltre 140 anni” (a “P” over 140 years long) traces the history of Pirelli through the pictures of its factories and its products: from the first plant on the outskirts of Milan to the first international exhibitions, illustrated catalogues and “Pirelli” magazine covers. “La fabbrica degli artisti” (the factory of artists) presents some of the many opportunities that painters and photographers have taken to express their art and tell about the world of factories and manufacturing. Si va che è un incanto” (it runs like a charm) documents the daily challenges that Pirelli has tackled in the racing world since 1907. “Una Musa tra le ruote” (a muse in the wheels) focuses on the relationships between Pirelli and the arts since the beginning of its history from the earliest artist advertising campaigns to illustrations. Elogio della Bellezza” (celebration of beauty) is a line-up of the female icons that introduces visitors to the last section dedicated to the Pirelli Calendar 1964-2017” with pictures by the greatest names in photography.

The most recent was German master Peter Lindbergh, who took a number of enthralling and powerful photographs in the factory in Settimo in preparation for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar. Those pictures have become a project in their own right and are presented in preview to the general public.

The Pirelli industrial Hub of Settimo Torinese

Pirelli has been present in Settimo Torinese since the 1950s. Today’s industrial site was added to the original factory purchased from Ceat in 1984 and was the object of major investments over the following two years. The idea of the new Pirelli industrial Hub of Settimo Torinese came in 2007. The project consisted in integrated the two Pirelli plants already present in the area in a single area: works started in June 2009 and production was kicked off in May of the following year.

The Hub is also the result of profitable collaboration with local organizations and the Turin Polytechnic for research and innovation matters. It is the most technologically advanced and efficient Pirelli plant in the world in terms of product innovation, manufacturing processes and working environment quality. World-renowned architect Renzo Piano was called to design the “Spina”, as the central body is named, which houses the R&D labs and many services for employees. As a result, this part of the plant has naturally became the keystone for supporting production and fostering fraternization among workers.

Renzo Piano also designed the landscape projects that immerse the factory in 500 cherry trees, in addition to the on-site road network and the lighting. With an initial investment of 150 million Euro, which was increased to 300 million following the total refocusing of the plant on Premium and Prestige segment car tyres, some of the most advanced Pirelli technologies are implemented in the plant, like the Next Mirs robotized system, the new compound production system (PTSM) and the most recent PNCS-Pirelli Noise Cancelling System.

Production in the Hub, focused on low-environmental impact High-Performance and Ultra High-Performance tyres, totals over 4 million parts. Part of the investments was destined to the training over 1,200 workers focusing on skills aimed at achieving technological excellence, adding up to over 221 thousand hours in total, that is equal to 25 days per person over the 2009-2015 period.
President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano visited the Settimo Hub on 19 March 2011 during the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italian unity organized by the local authorities of the city of Turin.


Settimo Torinese, Archimede Library Piazza Campidoglio 50
18 January 2017 – 1 May 2017

Opening times:
Monday-Saturday 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday 3.30 pm- 7.00 pm

Free admission

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Not one, but three company libraries – one for each of the company’s locations in Italy – from today enter into the world of Pirelli. Forever attentive to the improvement of employees’ quality of life and working environment, the company today inaugurated a library at its headquarters in Milan’s Bicocca area and one at its plant in Bollate, which will flank the one already opened with success inside Pirelli’s industrial hub in Settimo Torinese.

The inauguration of the Pirelli library is part of #ioleggoperché 2016, the campaign promoting reading organized by the Associazione Italiana Editori (AIE) in which Pirelli is the main partner and this year is focusing on the development of activities to promote and create company and school libraries. At the “ribbon cutting”, which took place today at Pirelli’s headquarters, the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Pirelli, Marco Tronchetti Provera and the City of Milan’s Councillor for Culture, Filippo del Corno, the Delegated Director and Director of the Fondazione Pirelli, Antonio Calabrò, and Chairman of the AIE Federico Motta. The event saw the special participation of Lella Costa, in her role of Honorary Member of the Fondo Scuola Italia, the non-profit association which, acting as a bridge to companies, has the goal of gathering resources and materials to put at the disposal of Italian schools.

Spreading culture by bringing books into factories and the work place has always seen Pirelli on the front lines. Important places of aggregation, culture and innovation, company libraries are born to encourage employees to read, get informed, gather ideas and compare notes. Factories and work places in general are special places where even culture is produced. Science fiction books, crime novels, best sellers, non-fiction books and children’s books represent the initial stock of around 3,500 volumes at Headquarters in Milan and plant at Bollate: a number which, when complete, will exceed 7,000 units. Many titles and different genres that go beyond the traditional idea of a company library destined to contain only volumes connected with the company’s business.

It was Pirelli’s own employees, through the community of dedicated readers at the Milan headquarters and the active involvement of those of Bollate, that chose the first 1,000 titles considered “must-haves” on the shelves of the new library. To these were added volumes donated by the company RSU, those acquired by the company and books chosen by the Fondazione Pirelli, custodian of the Pirelli archive and that of its entrepreneurial culture.

The libraries at Pirelli’s Headquarters and at Bollate flank the one at the Settimo Torinese Industrial hub, which recently linked with the Piedmonte communal library. This allows employees to count on 110,000 volumes, 220 magazines, 14 dailies, 4,500 films and documentaries in Dvd form, 4,000 music Cds and 400 audio-books. A number which has grown exponentially thanks to the ample stocks of the “Sbam” or the “library system of the Turin metropolitan area” (11 million books, traceable and bookable on the basis of the ErasmoNet catalogue) and of which Pirelli’s library has become a part becoming the first private library to be included in a public library system.

Pirelli and the libraries: a story 90 years long

The opening of the new libraries is part of a tradition, which saw Pirelli open its first company library almost 90 years ago. It was in 1928, in fact, that the first library for employees enrolled in the “Dopolavoro Aziende Pirelli” opened and already counted close to 800 titles. With formal regulations for the loan and return of books, the library was closed for a period during the war, only to reopen in 1945 with around 3,000 volumes chosen by the workers from catalogues provided by the company. In the following year the library continued to grow until it reached 10,000 volumes in 1956, thanks also to the creation of a reading room for newspapers and magazines and for the consultation of books directly from the shelves. Library loans reached at the time 50,000, a tangible sign of the interest of employees in reading. For its researchers and engineers Pirelli had also created a Technical-Scientific library composed of around 16,000 volumes on the rubber and cables technology from the 1800s to modern times. This collection has been available since 2010 to the public, students and researchers at the Fondazione Pirelli.

#ioleggoperché 2016: Pirelli in support of school libraries

The inauguration of the Pirellis company library is just one of the concrete responses to the campaign promoting books and reading #ioleggoperché ( which this year has the goal – thanks to the collaboration with ALI (Associazione Librai Italiani–Confcommercio), AIB (Associazione Italiana Biblioteche) and Confindustria Gruppo tecnico Cultura e Sviluppo and under the auspices of CEPELL – to spread the passion for reading, inviting people to become “messengers” for the initiative and to donate books to participating schools.

For this reason Pirelli, in collaboration with the Fondo Scuola Italia and also in this case with the contribution of employees, is committed to contributing to the increase of the stock of school libraries. For each book bought by an employee in one of the participating bookstores and donated to schools associated with #IoLeggoMaPerchè, Pirelli doubles committing to buy as many books as those bought by employees. The volumes will be donated to the schools thanks to the Fondo Scuola Italia, a non-profit association dedicated to reinforcing the link between schools and companies.

The support of this initiative is proof of Pirelli’s constant commitment to invest in the young and education. An activity which each year sees the company distribute scholarships to the most deserving children of employees, finance doctorates in research at the Milano Bicocca University and organize educational activities for all school age children through courses carried out by the Fondazione Pirelli and by the Fondazione Pirelli HangarBicocca.

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The respect of human rights and the protection of people’s health, safety and welfare, as well as the protection of the environment are core values for the Group.

Today, Pirelli’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO approved the Group Human Rights Policy and the Health, Safety and Environment Policy.

The documents are available, in English and Italian, at these links:

 • Group Human Rights Policy
 • Health, Safety and Environment Policy

Translations in Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, will be published soon.