The Philip Morris International center of excellence in Italy
Since 1963, Philip Morris has operated in Bologna at the manufacturing plant of Zola Predosa. Thanks to the experience and competence developed over the years, the company expanded in the Emilia-Romagna region, opening a new manufacturing plant in the industrial area of Crespellano in 2016. The result of an investment of EUR 1 billion, Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna is our center of excellence for staff training, prototyping and mass production of smoke-free tobacco products, including tobacco sticks for the electronic device IQOS. The HeatSticks produced in Bologna are distributed by Philip Morris Italia in our country, as well as for export to the U.S. market.
The production plant at Crespellano
The result of a USD 1 billion investment, the Philip Morris production plant at Crespellano is the largest Italian factory to be built from scratch in the last 20 years. As the first plant of its type worldwide, Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna is the center which establishes the manufacturing processes for hi-tech filters and heat-not-burn tobacco products. The learnings collected from this site are then exported abroad as part of the conversion process for the other 38 PMI manufacturing affiliates in 28 countries, thus extending the Italian manufacturing activity beyond national borders. Thanks to the work of over 1,500 employees, the plant satisfies international demand from more than 64 countries where IQOS is currently marketed.
The production plant at Zola
Since 1963, Philip Morris has operated in Bologna at the manufacturing plant of Zola Predosa. Set up as a supplier for the State monopoly, since the Nineties, this plant has specialized in the production of hi-tech filters. The historic factory of Zola Predosa now hosts the Philip Morris Training Center: a plant for smoke-free products on a reduced scale, suited to the validation of production processes, sharing of knowledge and training of employees. The Zola Predosa plant produces tobacco HeatSticks also for the U.S. market.
“Top Employer” certification for Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna
Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna was awarded ‘Top Employer Italy’ certification by the Top Employers Institute in 2021, for the eighth year running. The award, attesting to excellence in terms of programs of professional growth for employees, working conditions and opportunities for career progression, recognizes the efforts made by the company towards its workforce.
Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology Bologna actively supports non-profit organizations that work on training projects, cultural initiatives, anti-domestic violence policies, and the integration of women into the Industry 4.0 environment.