Natural rubber and lots of other ingredients: the recipe for Pirelli tyres
The company has always given great importance to research, as can be seen in Scientific Research, a work by Renato Guttuso, now in the Pirelli Foundation, which shows scientists studying the world with instruments and microscopes, commissioned by Pirelli for Expo 61. Today, almost 2,000 people work in its laboratories around the world, creating top-quality tyres and experimenting with new recipes for the compounds. The students will start by examining patents, magazines, recipes for compounds and historical books in the Pirelli Scientific and Technical Library, finding out about the context in which the Milano-Bicocca laboratories took shape, and where the Nobel Prize Laureate Giulio Natta studied the first prototypes of synthetic rubber in the 1930s. Still today, raw materials, natural rubber, accelerating agents, resins, vulcanising agents, oils and additives are subjected to stringent tests in the chemical laboratory at the Pirelli Headquarters in Milan, before the tyre is completed. During the visit to the chemical laboratory, expert colleagues will help the students understand the workings of the main analysis tools used in a modern laboratory.