The agreement with Pirelli has been renewed

Politecnico, Pirelli and Fondazione Politecnico together for a programme that includes development of tyres in virtual reality

Ten years after the first agreement, Pirelli, Politecnico di Milano and Fondazione Politecnico di Milano have signed off a continuation of the ‘Joint Labs’ programme, focused on research projects for the continuous technological innovation of tyres.

The Joint Lab underlines the importance of this long standing and constructive relationship between university and company, one of the keys indicated in the Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza. Research and training are the prerequisites for an industrial development that looks to the future. The agreement between the Politenico di Miano and Pirelli is solid and this is the direction we wish to pursue

explains Ferruccio Resta, Rector of Politecnico di Milano.

The collaboration agreement, which will last three years and provides for an investment of 2 million euros, focuses on these main areas:

  • Simulation, through the integrated use of the static simulator, installed in the Pirelli’s research and development centre, and the dynamic simulator of the Politecnico, with the aim of optimising the development and testing of new tyres, reducing lead times and strengthening collaborations with car manufacturers;
  • Materials, with the development of innovative solutions, such as new materials with low environmental impact, and the modelling of mixing processes;
  • Product and Cyber development, with innovations in areas such as tyre aerodynamics, automated tread modelling and intelligent vehicle control.

In particular, five departments of Politecnico di Milano are involved in scope of this agreement: Mechanical Engineering; Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering; Mathematics; Electronics, Information and Bioengineering; and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Our priorities with the 'Joint Labs' programme take in all aspects of sustainability, evolved automation, virtualisation and connectivity, The collaboration with the University underlines our commitment to strengthen the core of our group's know-how in these key areas within Italy

states Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli’s Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

This agreement aims to consolidate enduring relationships for investments in the long term, which will enable the realization of advanced research with a high level of experimental and innovative content. Strategic partnerships like this create constant dialogue between companies and the university in order to shares needs, strategies and visions

says Andrea Sianesi, Chairman of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano.