By Denna Bowman
Pirelli is weighing up the possibility of investing in the future of its Carlisle tyres factory as it recovers from the effects of the global recession.
Paolo Battistini, the UK industrial director for the Italian tyres manufacturer, has revealed that he believes the Dalston Road plant has solid foundations which could be built on.
In an exclusive interview with The Cumberland News he confirmed: “At the moment, there’s some investment forecast for this factory.
“We have to see the trends of the market to understand if we can increase or try to maintain profitability for this factory in order to survive.
“Due to the fact we had the crisis [recession] in 2009, we are recovering and trying to anticipate problems rather than be reactive.
“The company wants to stay in Carlisle, but we have to follow the market.”
Details on how much or what shape any new investment could take is not known, although it is understood that it would not involve expanding or constructing new buildings at the factory, according to the report.
Money could, however, be spent on upgrading machinery as Pirelli look to build on Carlisle’s reputation as a tyre supplier to some of the most prestigious names in the car industry.
Porsche, Lotus and Land Rover are among the motoring manufacturers with orders running off the production lines in the city.
Bosses hope to help cement the factory’s longer-term future by concentrating on making higher-value products, but investment is needed to achieve many of their ambitions.