Like last year, the Pirelli Foundation Educational programme for upper and lower secondary schools again put on visits to the Chemical laboratories, to the Research and Development centre and to the Next MIRS plant in the Pirelli area of Milano Bicocca. The Bicocca research centre in Milan plays a key role in experimenting with new compounds, and designing and manufacturing prototypes of Pirelli high-performance tyres, which are some of the most innovative in terms of safety and sustainability.

These “journeys through history and scientific research” made it possible for many classes not only to find out about the properties of rubber and the key moments in manufacturing a tyre, but also to watch compounds being analysed, performance tests on prototypes, and the robotic production process.

Accompanied by experts in the Chemical laboratories, the students were able to see how the raw materials and all the components of the compounds are subjected to strict tests, as well as how the main instruments of advanced analysis work.

In the Research and Development (R&D) laboratories, they came into contact with various types of expertise, ranging from the engineering design of new treads to the technical implementation of static and dynamic indoor tests, which are needed to make sure the level of quality keeps on rising.

Students who chose to visit the Milanese plant based on the Next MIRS (Modular Integrated Robotized System) had a precious opportunity to have expert staff show them round the factory and follow all the various stages of its robotic manufacturing process, which is here used for creating prototypes.

With the main educational objective of introducing students to the world of work, the visits are always introduced by a historic overview given by the Pirelli Foundation. The introduction retraces the key moments in the adventure of Pirelli, starting with the founding of the first factory in Via Ponte Seveso in Milan, in 1872, and continuing through to the opening of the most advanced Pirelli industrial complex in Settimo Torinese, and to plants around the world, with images, photographs and audiovisuals from the Historical Archive.

In 2018, the educational programme will continue to involve hundreds of students throughout the school year.

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