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...First website goes live in Italy ahead of European roll out...

London – 4 August 2009. hybris (www.hybris.com), a leading multi-channel commerce and communication software vendor, has announced that The Pirelli Group, the fifth largest tyre manufacturer in the world, has chosen the hybris Commerce as the e-commerce platform at the heart of its new e-shop for its prestigious range of motorcycle tyres.

The Italian web site, which is the first in a series of motorbike tyre e-shops to be launched across Europe over the next few years, went live only two and a half months after concept design by hybris and its new Italian implementation partner, Talentlab. Pirelli required a flexible and robust e-commerce solution that closely met its needs for a functionally rich platform, without extensive additional development work that would delay the launch of the new sales channel.

The new website, www.gettyre.it, enables Pirelli’s customers to review its online catalogue; to select the appropriate tyre for the make and model of their motorbike to ensure the best fit; check availability and place an order with Pirelli who despatches the tyres to the nearest dealer. An appointment to fit the tyre can be made during the ordering process.

Pirelli commented that: “We wanted to offer our customers a flexible, direct sales and fit service but wanted to ensure that the new e-shop would deliver the customer service excellence one would expect from Pirelli, from anywhere in the world.”

“hybris has a proven track record in multi-currency, multi-language, multi-territory e-commerce solutions. Its scalability and speed of implementation were key factors for us as we roll out the new online channel to other European countries and we are confident that we have found the right partner in hybris,” Pirelli added.

Ariel Lüdi, CEO of the hybris Group: “We are delighted to be supporting Pirelli’s forward-looking e-commerce strategy, helping them to put functionality, scalability and robustness at the heart of their online business. We look forward to working with them in the long-term.”

About Pirelli

Pirelli & C. SpA is a company listed on the Borsa Italiana (Italian Stock Exchange) and parent of a multinational Group which is active in over 160 countries and has an industrial experience of 136 years, primarily recognized for its capacity for innovation and deep knowledge of world markets.

The business unit Pirelli Tyre maintains the fifth largest turnover in the world among tyre producers and is a leader in high-end segments of the market, which has an integrated structure of production in 24 factories among 12 countries worldwide.

With a strong focus on technology and research, largely due to contributions from Pirelli Labs - the advanced research center which serves all business sectors within Pirelli - the Group has undertaken initiatives in recent years in areas of maximum innovation such as those relating to sustainable mobility.

In particular, as announced in the presentation of the industrial plan for 2009-2011, the Group's three year target is a transformation that will further lead Pirelli to focus on core businesses (Pirelli Tyre and anti-particulate filters of Pirelli Eco Technology) and to be a "green performer". This shall include activity towards the development of products and solutions in the field of "green economy". At the end of this period, the accumulation of "green" of revenues is expected to increase to about 40% of the total as compared to the 20% seen today.

In 2008, the Pirelli Group generated consolidated revenues of over EUR 4.6 billion, in line with the previous year, net of foreign exchange. The business had an employment figure of approximately 30,900 at year end.

About hybris

hybris is a leading vendor of multi-channel commerce & communication software. Its clear vision about the need for consistency, co-ordination and personalization of information across all channels and throughout all phases of the customer lifecycle has resulted in the development of an integrated solution which supports the industrialization and automation of communication, sales and support processes. It is spearheading innovation in this field, enabling businesses to communicate and sell across all channels in a consistent and effective way.

Established in 1997, hybris has a proven track record of profitability and growth, with ambitious expansion plans for the future. Headquartered in Munich, it has offices in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. Its international presence is extended via a dedicated network of business and technology partners across Europe and the USA. It has over 150 customers worldwide running more than 1.500 websites “powered by hybris”. Customers are global brands from retail and manufacturing industries, including Toys ‘R’ Us, Adidas, Conrad, Norgren, Lufthansa, Reebok, Grundfos, Demag, Sika, Bunzl UK & Ireland, Phonak, Rexel and Waterstone´s.

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For further information, please contact:

James Cooper
Ascendant Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 208 241 6226
E-mail: jcooper@ascendcomms.net

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