Fondazione Pirelli


Pirelli Stories of work. Men, Machines and Ideas

Pirelli. Stories of work. Men, Machines and Ideas (published by Mondadori) is a book that tells the story of work and of the workers that have represented the Pirelli Group, day in and day out, for 136 years – stories of workers and machines, of rubber plantations and cable-laying ships, of strikes and of great discoveries, of great glass offices, industrial districts, and research labs.
With forewords by Antonio Calabrò, Director of Corporate Affairs for the Pirelli Group, the French economist Jean-Paul Fitoussi, and the Italian author Erri De Luca, Racconti di Lavoro contains fifteen chapters that present documents and other texts from the Pirelli Historical Archive or other sources that are a part of the Group’s past and present in one form or another. Page after page, the book is a lengthy photographic novel that takes us from the images of the first factory in Milan, where the company’s founder, Giovanni Battista Pirelli, began producing rubber products in 1873, to present day and contemporary workplaces, from Settimo Torinese to Slatina, from Breuberg to Yanzhou and to the factories in Brazil.
And in the background we see the research and development labs that have always been the driving force of innovation for the Group, whether it be for the old power substations of the 1800s or the advanced Pirelli Labs that study nanotechnologies and photonics.