VORONEZH, Russia — Pirelli Tyre S.pA. has completed a three-year, $220 million investment to upgrade tire plants in Voronezh and Kirov, Russia, that the tire maker acquired in 2010.
The investments have turned Voronezh into one of Russia's “most technologically advanced” tire plants, Pirell claims, and included introducing the production of premium tires at the 70-year-old facility.
Among the improvements made at Voronezh were rebuilding old structures, refurbishing workshops, installing new mixing equipment and introducing Pirelli technology and processes, the tire maker said in a March 10 business report. Employment stands at 1,023.
Built in 1946 a source of bicycle, scooter, car, tractor and truck tires for the post-World War II Soviet Union economy, the plant now develops and produces premium segment passenger tires in rim diameters ranging from 16 to 21 inches, Pirelli said, for both the Russian replacement and OE markets and for export to markets in East and West Europe.