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Pirelli Annual Report 2022

The Editorial Project

Interviews with Pirelli’s employees

Luca Galantina

Senior Vice President Supply Chain

Artificial intelligence has revolutionised everyone’s lives, in everyday life as well as at the corporate level. How then has AI transformed your work within Pirelli’s teams?

The events of the last three years have challenged global supply chains, but at the same time, have taught us that the watchword in our work must be resilience. This means first of all having an agile supply chain and consequently being able to respond quickly to external factors. For this to happen, the support of AI algorithms capable of intercepting transformations and immediately adapting supply chains by highlighting anomalies that require urgent intervention becomes crucial.

Machine learning develops and uses algorithms to analyse structured data, learns from these and based on this learning, makes increasingly precise decisions in order to reduce the error rate while maximising efficiency. Is this really true, that the machine learns and man does not?

Human evolution is proof that man certainly learns. I believe that machine learning can help us to do this faster by highlighting, for example, through increased computing power, correlations between very distant phenomena that humans might not think of in the short term. Knowledge of these connections certainly helps us to derive value from them by incorporating useful information for the design of new products and for rethinking management processes in such a way as to make them more and more adherent to the needs of the end customer.

AI is making it possible to share more knowledge, to make know-how broader and more global. How much do you feel this in a company like Pirelli?

Knowledge sharing is the key to a new way of working that allows us to stay one step ahead of our competitors. It is a way of working that I find more and more at Pirelli: functional and geographic boundaries are overcome by putting the customer at the centre and allowing the sharing of both best practices and important and useful information to make shared business decisions that can be implemented quickly.

Luca Galantina