Since 1970 the Group has had its own quality management system, which has been gradually extended to include all production centres. Since 1993 Pirelli has pursued a policy of certification of its quality system in compliance with ISO 9001. Today, 100% of existing Pirelli plants are certified in compliance with the most recent edition of the standard, including the new plant in Mexico and the acquired Russian plants, as well as the activities of the Manresa logistics hub in Spain.
In 1999 the Group obtained certification for its Quality Management System in compliance with ISO/TS 16949 and it has since maintained compliance with the standard as currently applicable. All plants, whether new or acquired, that supply the automotive sector have obtained or maintain this quality certification.
Since 1993 the Group’s materials and experimentation laboratory, and since 1996 the Pirelli Pneus (Latam) Experimentation Laboratory, have implemented the quality management system and are accredited according to ISO/IEC 17025. This system is maintained in compliance with the standard in force and the capacity of the Laboratories to perform the accredited tests is assessed on an annual basis. The labs participate in proficiency tests organised by the International Standard Organisation, by ETRTO or by international circuits organised by auto makers.
Specifically in regard to car tyres, the quality focus is confirmed by Pirelli’s supremacy in numerous product tests. It is also guaranteed by collaboration in terms of product development and experimentation with the most prestigious partners (auto makers, specialised magazines, driving schools, etc.).
Product certifications that allow the sale of products on various markets in compliance with the regulations in force in each country are kept regularly up to date. The main product certifications secured by the Pirelli Group concern the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement), and Brazilian Argentine, Uruguayan, Chinese, Indian, and Indonesian markets and involve all Pirelli plants. These certifications call for annual audits by ministerial institutions of the country in question or by organisations delegated by state institutions, which verify compliance of the product at the certified plant.