risks connected with the evolution of the long-term demand

Social and technological trends have emerged over the last several years that might have a material impact over the medium-long term on the automotive sector and indirectly on the tyre market. On the one hand, these are represented by growing urbanisation (according to United Nations estimates, about 70% of the global population will live in urban areas in 2050) and, on the other hand, by changes in the values and behaviour of younger generations (increase in the average age when a driver's license is obtained, loss of importance of owning a car, increased recourse to various types of car sharing).

These factors will be complemented by the spread of information technologies, with a concurrent expansion of e-commerce and/or telecommuting, and frequent regulatory changes in both mature and emerging economies to limit the presence of polluting vehicles within and near metropolitan areas. These dynamics might be followed by an evolution in automotive sector demand (from changes to vehicle dimensions or type of propulsion system to possible resizing of cars to satisfy the transportation preferences of citizens), with contingent impact on tyre sector dynamics.

Pirelli constantly monitors the evolutionary changes in automotive sector demand by actively participating in international working groups, such as the one engaged in the Sustainable Mobility 2.0 (SMP 2.0) project sponsored by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The main objective of SMP 2.0 is to study the possible long-term evolution in urban mobility and promote solutions that might improve the social, environmental and economic well-being of the urban population

Last Revised: 20 Jun 2013