The focus placed on quality by Pirelli, both as a manufacturer and a supplier, is demonstrated by the certifications it has received, which comply with international standard and addresses aspects regarding processes, products and services. In particular:
Since 1970 the Group has its own Quality Management System introduced gradually in all centres of production and since 1993 Pirelli has obtained the certification of this system in accordance with ISO 9001. Today, 100% of Pirelli facilities are certified with ISO 9001:2008, including the logistics hub in Manresa, Spain and the Plant in Jiaozuo, China, acquired in 2016.
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 that supply the automotive sector, whether new or acquired, have obtained or maintain this quality certification
Since 1993 the Materials and Experimentation Laboratory of the Group and since 1996 the Experimentation Laboratory of Pirelli Pneus (Latin America) have obtained the Quality Management System, and have been accredited according to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. This system is maintained in accordance with the current standard and the ability of the laboratories to perform accredited tests is evaluated annually. 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, specialist magazines, driving schools, etc.).
The Product Certifications, which allow the commercialization of the products in the various markets in accordance with the regulations laid down by the different countries, are regularly managed by a department dedicated to the area of Research & Development. The main Certifications secured by the Pirelli Group concern the markets of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement), Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia and South Korea and involve all Pirelli plants. These certifications call for annual audits by ministerial bodies of the countries in question or organisations delegated by them, which verify the compliance of the product at the certified plant.