Queenstown Tyre Services
Phone: +64 3442 7551
Tyres Brands: GT Radial, Maxxis, Pirelli.
Address: 17 Repco Boulevard, Queenstown, Otago.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 17:00, Saturday: 09:00–12:00, Sunday: Close.
Queenstown is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by imposing mountains, is a district of the Otago region, southwest of South Island New Zealand. The city is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World” as it is a popular destination among young people and foreign tourists where adventure sports, extreme sports and skiing are practised during the four seasons. In the urban area, it has an estimated population of 16,600 inhabitants.
Tyres in Otago
There are an estimated 180.000 vehicles in Otago, which means there are 900.000 tyres in this region.
Otago, situated in the south-eastern part of the South Island has an area of about 32,000 km², and its main town is in Dunedin (the second largest city in the South Island). It is followed by the regions of Oamaru, Balclutha, Alexandra and the tourist centres of Queenstown and Wanaka. In the south of the Otago peninsula, Wanaka, there is an important coal mine and also rivers such as Waitaki and Clutha flow which generate electricity to the whole region.
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Pirelli Tyres History
It was on January 28, 1872 when Giovanni Battista Pirelli obtained the registration of a company that began as a producer of rubber objects and has ended up being a benchmark for high-performance tires
Born on December 27, 1848 in Varenna, Giovanni Battista Pirelli was the eighth of ten children of Santino Pirelli, a baker, and Rosa Riva, although only five survived. After his initial studies, he transferred to Milan to study physics and mathematics, then to Pavia to expand them, he enlisted with Garibaldi’s troops in the War of Independence of 1866 and finally returned to Milan to obtain the title of industrial engineer, that he got with the best grades of his promotion.
That earned him a scholarship that, through Europe, allowed him to meet great companies, personalities and production methods. But above all, an element that was revolutionizing the industry: rubber, or elastic rubber. The fellowship lasted until September 1871. But Pirelli already had an idea in mind, and so, on January 28, 1872, he founded the GB Pirelli & Co., of which he was the sole managing partner, with a registered capital of 215,000 lire. His first factory, on the banks of the Sevesetto, was modest, with only a thousand square meters and just 45 workers, which in just 10 years will already be 250.
Initially with rubber tubes and tapes, but gradually expanding the business to shoe soles, raincoats or tire cables, only three years after the company was founded, half of the country’s demand for rubber objects is Pirelli. But that’s not enough. Pirelli’s mind for the future leads him to see the future in telecommunications. And it is there where from 1881 onwards it will expand its range of products, with submarine cables for telecommunications, which allowed the telegraph cables to be passed under water not only in Italy, but also in Africa or from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca.
That prosperity also had to confront legitimate workers’ demands. That is where the first chapter of the Pirelli series begins and ends, with the strike on May 5, 1898 that resulted in the Bava Beccaris massacre, with 418 people killed and hundreds injured by police and government repression. Giovanni Battista Pirelli thinks from his factory how to improve the employment situation, which in the future will lead to a scientific organization of work, the presence of doctors and psychological tests and an improvement in working conditions. But just before, in 1901, the production of what would be the signature work and hallmark of the firm had started: automobile and motorcycle tires.
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