Prime Minister David Cameron visited Pirelli’s factory in Carlisle on Friday 26th April where he met with the chairman and CEO of Pirelli, Marco Tronchetti Provera, as well as Italian Ambassador, Pasquale Terraciano, and Chairman of Pirelli Tyres Ltd, Mr Dominic Sandivasci. Mr Cameron was on a tour to the area as part of his campaigning activities ahead of local elections and incorporated the visit to the Pirelli factory, which in 2011 was awarded a £2 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund.
During his visit, Mr Cameron met with Pirelli’s senior UK management, he was then updated on the development project, before having a brief tour of the factory. Mr Cameron then participated in a 30 minute question and answer session with a large gathering of Pirelli workers.
The RGF funds will facilitate the development of a range of innovative, low CO2 emission, Ultra High Performance car tyres for the UK and export markets. Producing Premium products such as these, which is in line with Pirelli’s overall strategy, means greater profit margins and this means sustainability and greater job security.
The Pirelli plant in Carlisle, which employs 756 people, opened in 1968 and is one of two Pirelli factories in the UK, the other being in Burton-on Trent. Pirelli is at present committed to investing a total of £20.4 million in Carlisle.