company_name = Pirelli & C. SpA
company_type = Public (ISE|IT0000072725|PC)
foundation = 1872
location = flagicon|Italy
Giovanni Battista Pirelli
Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chairman, Alberto Pirelli, Deputy Chairman, Carlo Alessandro Puri Negri, Deputy Chairman
industry = Diverse Multi-national
revenue = profit €4.8 billion (2006)Cite web|url=http://africa.reuters.com/instrument/gan.php?i=25205759|title=Pirelli|accessdate=2007-09-22|work=africa.reuters.com]
products = tires, broadband, real estate, robotics
num_employees = 31,502(2007)
subsid = Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.
Pirelli Broadband Solutions S.p.A
Pirelli & C. Real Estate S.p.A
Pirelli Labs S.p.A.
homepage = [http://www.pirelli.com Pirelli.com]
Pirelli & C. SpA (ISE|IT0000072725|PC) is a diverse
multinational companybased in Milan, Italy.
Founded 1872 in
Milan, by Giovanni Battista Pirelli, Pirelli initially specialized in rubberand derivative processes. Effectively, Pirelli's activities are still primarily focused on the production of tires, and cables (for energyand telecommunications). In 2005 Pirelli sold its cable division to Goldman Sachs, which changed the new group's name to Prysmian.
In the 1950s, Alberto Pirelli commissioned the building of a famous Milanese
skyscraperin the same area that housed the very first Pirelli factory during the 19th century: see Pirelli TowerFact|date=April 2008.
In 1974, Pirelli invented the "wide radial tyre", upon a request from the
Lanciarally racing team for a tire strong enough to resist the power of the new Lancia Stratoscar.
At that time, racing tires were either
slick tires made with the cross plytechnique (very wide tires with a reduced sidewall height), or radial tires, which were too narrow to withstand the Stratos' power and did not provide enough grip. Both were unusable for the Lancia Stratos, as the radials were destroyed within 10km, and the slicks too stiff. Lancia asked Pirelli for a solution, and in 1974 Pirelli created a wide tire with a reduced sidewall height like a slick, but with a radial structure.
Subsequently, Porsche started using the same tires with the award-winning
Porsche 911 Turbo. [http://www.enzociliberto.it/aisastoryauto/fascicoli/mono68/68mezzanotte.pdf] .
Today, the wide tyres are still the standard in sport & racing cars worldwide.
Since late 2007, Pirelli is the contol tyre for the
World Rally Championship, the British Rally Championship, the Superbike World Championshipand the British Superbike Championship.
Pirelli Calendaris published annually, and regularly features famous actresses and fashion models.
The Pirelli "Internet"ional Award is given annually for the best international multimedia involving the communication of Science & Technology conducted entirely on the Internet.
"Power is nothing without control" is the well known slogan of Pirelli Tyre Company, and is featured in numerous television and print advertisements.
They formerly made scuba diving
Pirelli is the primary sponsor of the Italian football club Internazionale, the Brazilian football club
Palmeiras, the Argentinian football club Velez, the Uruguayan football club Penarol, and of Maltese club Valletta for a short time.
Pirelli has a factory in
Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Burton Albion Football Club (of the Conference National) built a new stadium next to the factory in 2005, and Pirelli agreed to sponsor the stadium and allow it to be called the Pirelli Stadium.
Pirelli also have a major manufacturing site in
Pirelli is the only allowed tyre brand in the FIM World Superbike Championship in 2007.
Pirelli has also been awarded the contract for the control tyre supply in the
British Superbike Championshipfrom 2008 until at least 2010. [ [http://www.britishsuperbike.com/html/newsarticle.php?id=1203 British Superbikes 2007] ]
Pirelli is also the official tyre supplier of the World Rally Championship replacing BF Goodrich for the 2008 season, with all cars using Pirelli tyres and having Pirelli decals on the cars.
List of Italian companies
Formula One tyres
* [http://www.pirelli.com Pirelli.com] Pirelli Group
* [http://www.pirelliaward.com Pirelli "Internet"ional Award]
* [http://www.pirellityre.com PirelliTyre.com] Pirelli Tyres Worldwide
* [http://www.pirellifilm.com PirelliFilm.com] Pirelli Film
* [http://www.pirellical.com PirelliCalendar.com] Pirelli Calendar
* [http://www.pirellire.com/eng/homepage/index.asp PirelliRE.com] Pirelli Real Estate
* [http://www.pirellibedding.com PirelliBedding.com] Pirelli Bedding (latex mattresses)
* [http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/41/41369.html Yahoo!] Pirelli & C. SpA Company Profile
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