Pirelli to invest an additional 250 million Euros in Romania in order to grow further in Eastern European Markets

Pirelli Chairman Tronchetti Provera announced the decision to Romanian Prime Minister Tariceanu in Bucharest. The new investment follows investments of 250 million euros made over the last five years to create an automotive pole with plants for car tyres, steelcord and particulate filters

Pirelli's new industrial pole
in the automotive sector in Romania is strategic for the company's future growth in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe, and is set to grow further in coming years with total investments that will reach approximately 500 million euros by the end of 2011.

The chairman of Pirelli & C. SpA, Marco Tronchetti Provera, made the announcement to the Romanian prime minister, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, during a meeting held today in Bucharest to discuss the Group's activities in the country. Pirelli is one of the main Italian and international investors in Romania.

In the last five years, the Group has invested approximately 250 million euros in Romania to create a large industrial pole made up of a car tyre factory, which at the end of 2009 will have annual manufacturing capacity of about 5 million units, and a factory for production of steelcord (reinforcement material for radial tyres) in the Slatina area. The pole will be completed by the end of 2008 with the start of production of particulate filters for new automobiles in the plant in Bumbesti.

The additional investments planned from now to the end of 2011, which amount to approximately 250 million euros, will aim to increase manufacturing capacity of the plants, significantly improving overall competitiveness of the Group's European industrial structure. The new project will receive a contribution from the Romanian government up to a maximum amount of about 28 million euros.

The Slatina pole is located in a strategic position with respect to the markets of Western and Eastern Europe, and represents a logistics and commercial hub for the Pirelli Group for the whole of Eastern Europe, an area which is resisting better than others in the difficult economic climate hitting the automotive sector.

During today's meeting, in addition, Chairman Tronchetti Provera illustrated to Prime Minister Tariceanu the programs for training and development of personnel started by Pirelli in its Romanian factories. In the 2006-2008 three-year period, Slatina workers were given an average of about 150 days of professional training each, with a total investment of more than 500,000 euros. After the start of production at the filter factory in Bumbesti, the total number of employees of the Group in Romania will rise to more than 3,000 at normal working capacity.

The meeting between Tronchetti Provera and Tariceanu also covered the numerous social and cultural activities started by the Pirelli Group in Romania, from the partnership with the University of Craiova on technological innovation to the project for Italian culture in Slatina, from support for collaboration between Milan's Niguarda hospital and the Slatina hospital to the Inter Campus initiative being set up.