MILWAUKEE, Wis. —Prometeon Tyre Group, the former commercial tire business unit of Pirelli & C. S.p.A., has selected Rockwell Automation Inc. to supply it with its Plex QMS "smart manufacturing platform."
Rockwell Chairman and CEO Blake Moret disclosed the contract, Rockwell's first for the Plex QMS system, during a conference call with financial analysts covering Rockwell's second-quarter earnings report.
Rockwell calls Plex a "cloud-based smart manufacturing platform [that] gives end-users the ability to connect, automate, track, and analyze all aspects of business," including manufacturing execution system (MES), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and internet of things (IoT) levels.
Moret said Prometeon selected Plex QMS to standardize quality management across its global operations.
Milan, Italy-based Prometeon, considered one of the world's 25 largest tire makers with fiscal 2022 sales of $1.3 billion, did not comment on the report.
Prometeon operates four tire plants in Brazil, Egypt and Turkey, manufacturing Pirelli-branded truck, bus, farm and OTR tires under license.
China's Aeolus Tyre Co. Ltd., part of China National Tire & Rubber Co. (CNRC), recently acquired an additional 38% ownership stake in Prometeon, giving it 48% direct control over Prometeon. Combined with CNRC's 52% ownership stake, the move technically gives Aeolus full control over Milan-
Milwaukee-based Rockwell operates in three business sectors: intelligent devices, software/control and lifecycle services. The Plex automation systems business operates within Rockwell's automotive and tire sector.
Milwaukee-based Rockwell acquired Plex Systems, the systems developer, in September 2021.