Product safety, performance and eco-sustainability

The commitment of Pirelli to development of products that are increasingly focused on combining eco- sustainability and safety has led to renewal of its product lines. Compared with the previous generation, this guarantees significant reductions in parameters like rolling resistance.

Two specific examples are the new products to be fitted on commercial vehicles, Carrier and Carrier Winter: these products allow a reduction in fuel consumption, placing the parameters of rolling resistance in the "Green" part of the European Tyre Label for almost all the articles in the portfolio. 

Moreover, Pirelli, in broadening its commercial offer, has increased the number of products by about 30% with better classes of rolling resistance and wet braking, contributing in terms of reduction of CO2 emissions and the improvement of driving safety. 

The development of innovative solutions for performance and eco-sustainability is also guided by the close collaboration of Pirelli with the world’s top car makers, which are demanding ever-more stringent safety and reduced rolling resistance and fuel consumption performance. At the same time, technologies that Pirelli has been using in its products for years are growing more and more common, with a growing number of products like the Self Supporting - or Run Flat - tyres, which guarantee mobility and vehicle control even upon sudden loss of pressure, and the Seal Inside tyres, which use a special polymer sealer to prevent the loss of air when the tyre tread is punctured.

In the Truck Business, Pirelli designs and sells high-performing products in terms of safety and fuel savings. The Serie01 tyres are on par with its best-in- class competitors as measured by energy efficiency (rolling resistance) and at the top of class in terms of wet grip. 

In terms of safety, special mention should be made of the tyres in the W:01 line as well as the TR:01 II and TH:01 tyres, which, having passed the test imposed by European regulations, it has the 3PMSF mark on its sidewall. Regarding transportation of goods, the H:01 XL tyres deserve special mention that, thanks to the increased load index, can count on superior strength and integrity even in the event of heavy use. Regarding passenger transport, where safety and comfort play an absolutely primary role, in 2014 the line H:01 Coach was launched. 

The range of Pirelli products offered for efficient and sustainable mobility in the freight and passenger transport sector is rounded out by a series of solutions, among which the Cyber Fleet TM continues to stand out, in terms of technology and innovation. This system automatically measures tyre pressure and temperature under operating conditions, thereby reducing fleet operating costs and making it possible to reduce fuel consumption by simultaneously maximising efficiency in tyre maintenance and pressure control operations. All of these features offer significant advantages in terms of CO2 emissions reduction. This consequently has beneficial effects in terms of environmental impact and improved road safety standards. Greater or lower tyre pressure than what is recommended by the manufacturer corresponds to higher rolling resistance, irregular wear and tear, difficulty in controlling the vehicle and lengthening braking distance. These factors negatively impact fuel consumption, tyre life and driving safety. Currently CyberFleet TM is used by 180 fleets in the world, for a total of about 150 million km travelled, monitored through the dedicated application.

High-performance tyres are also manufactured with vegetable raw materials such as rice husks, essentially inedible, renewable and, above all, not removed from the food chain, from which the silica component essential for the production of a tyre is obtained. This type of silica is used in both high performance products and also low rolling resistance tyres – the product lines that reduce fuel consumption through lower heating of the tyre during operation.

In general, the use of silica impacts road safety because it provides better wet grip and guarantees high performance levels. Rice husk silica makes it possible to produce tyres that are more environmentally friendly: the silica is extracted from the waste vegetable matter by using less fossil fuel energy, resulting in significant environmental and cost benefits in a global ecological approach from the production chain through to the finished product.

For more information on the eco-sustainability of Pirelli products, please refer to the paragraphs of this report dedicated to the Environment.