Piaggio Aero (Static Display T19) last week broke ground for a new factory, which will produce subassemblies and parts for the A180 Avanti II twin turboprop. The new facility, which will be located at Villanova d’Albenga, Italy, is scheduled to be operational by 2013. The company said it will “increase production-line efficiency and speed up lean manufacturing cycles” compared with the current Finale Ligure plant.
The move will mark the end of the company’s 100-year association with the Finale Ligure plant, where it built some 55 examples of aircraft. Final assembly of the Avanti II, which has a 402-knot (Mach 0.7) maximum cruise speed, will remain at the company’s Genova Sestri Ponente facility.
“I’m proud that Piaggio Aero is able to continue its industrial expansion in Italy, and with the great support of our primary international shareholders–Mubadala and Tata–will continue down the path of sustained future growth,” said Piaggio Aero Industries chairman Piero Ferrari.