The Silvio Tronchetti Provera Foundation and the University of Shandong in Jinan (China) signed a research agreement for the study of a new generation of ecologically-friendly tires. The university researchers will work in cooperation with the R&D department of the Pirelli Group in China to produce low rolling resistance tires designed to help reduce a vehicle’s fuel consumption. The agreement between the Italian company and the Chinese university also includes two joint research initiatives with respective goals of realizing more consistent compound mixtures, and studying low-temperature tire vulcanization. Young school faculty scholars, as well as students, graduates, and post-graduate students of the Chinese university will take part in the initiative, under the supervision of Professor Zhao Guoqun, Dean of the College of Material Science and Technology at the University of Shandong, Maurizio Boiocchi, head of R&D at Pirelli Tire and Alexander Bregantim, head of R&D of Pirelli Tire in China. The research activity, which will have a one-year duration, will be carried out in the laboratories of the university with the support of the Pirelli industrial structures in Shandong. The University of Shandong in Jinan, founded in 1901, is one of the most prestigious Chinese universities in the fields of mathematics and materials science, with more than 40,000 students in its academic and post-graduate courses.