ROSNEFT AND PIRELLI SIGN MOU FOR FIRST PIRELLI FLAGSHIP STORE IN RUSSIA AT ROSNEFT FILLING STATION
Companies plan other points of sale and Pirelli’s “Safe&Go” tyre check-ups at selected Rosneft filling stations Rosneft and Pirelli signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of Pirelli’s first flagship Premium tyre store in Russia, which will be located within the new Rosneft flagship filling station in Sochi. The MOU also envisages the subsequent development of other points of sale at selected Rosneft filling stations and the implementation of “Safe&Go” tyre check-ups. The MOU - signed by Igor Sechin, Rosneft President and Chairman of the Management Board, and Marco Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli’s Chairman and CEO – pushes forward the companies’ strategic marketing and commercial agreement signed by the parties on December 20, 2012. The flagship store, branded “PZero Platinum”, should be completed in the fourth quarter of this year and will be located within Rosneft’s flagship petrol station in the city of Sochi, on the Black Sea coast in the region of Krasnodar. As already announced, the groups’ will initially focus on this region and take advantage of the exposure provided by 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, of which Rosneft is a partner. Other similar points of sale will follow at Rosneft stations in locations offering access to Premium customers. Further, as a part of the MOU, selected Rosneft stations will also provide Pirelli’s “Safe&Go” tyre check-ups from the first quarter of 2014. Commenting on the signing, Igor Sechin said: “The MOU signed today underscores the parties’ commitment to long term cooperation. We are delighted to develop our retail network in partnership with Pirelli – one of the world’s leaders in tyre production. We believe implementation of Pirelli’s production and services will make Rosneft filling stations even more appealing to customers and thus will make the partnership beneficial for both Rosneft and Pirelli.” “For Pirelli, Russia is a key growth market and having a local partner as prestigious as Rosneft will enable us to reach, with their guidance and support, every valuable corner of the country effectively and relatively quickly,” said Marco Tronchetti Provera. About Rosneft Rosneft is a Russian oil industry leader and one of the largest public oil and gas companies in the world. Rosneft’s main operations are exploring for and producing oil and gas and producing and selling petroleum products and petrochemicals. In 2012, Rosneft confirmed its status as the world’s largest company by proved liquid hydrocarbon reserves as well as its position as the undisputed leader by hydrocarbon resources among publicly traded oil and gas companies. About Pirelli Pirelli is the fifth largest producer of tyres in the world in terms of sales and today counts 22 tyre production plants on four continents, is present in over 160 countries and employees around 37,000 people worldwide. As a part of its international expansion strategy, the company, in a joint venture, has acquired two production plants in Russia, one in Voronezh and one in Kirov, to serve the growing Russian market. Russia represents a key market for Pirelli because of the positive outlook for its car sales. According to a Global Insight forecast published in April, the Premium car segment, on which Pirelli’s strategy is focused, is expected to grow by 5.2% in 2013 compared with 2.0% for the general market and by 8.5% in 2014 compared with 2.1% for the general market. Further, total new car registrations in Russia are expected to be around 3.4 million in 2017, up from around 2.9 million in 2013; with premium registrations rising to 257,000 from 183,000 over the same period.