On 28th January 1872 the limited partnership “G.B. Pirelli & C.” was incorporated in Milan in order to manufacture items made from India rubber. Today, Pirelli is the world’s fifth largest tyre manufacturer operating in 160 countries with 22 factories and a manufacturing capacity of 66 million tyres per year. In order to celebrate its 140th anniversary, Pirelli Chairman and CEO, Marco Tronchetti Provera, and the company’s top management were received by Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano.

“It was a great honour for me and for all of us to be received by President Napolitano on the occasion of Pirelli’s 140th anniversary” advised Marco Tronchetti Provera. “It is an anniversary we are celebrating with the 36,000 people worldwide who share in the pride of belonging to a group that has taken the excellence of Italian industry all over the world. In 140 years we have grown a lot. Since 1872 we have put passion and creativity into our work to reach new horizons, realising ideas and leading-edge technology and endorsing the modern outlook adopted by Giovanni Battista Pirelli in founding the company at the age of only 24 and his grandson, Leopoldo, who strengthened its commitment to innovation and research. Always looking to the future means carrying 140 years of history on our shoulders without feeling its weight, but making good use of all the experience gained. And it is the only way we know of interpreting our role and our responsibility as one of the most firmly established businesses within the country’s industrial fabric.”