Piaggio’s Mandello del Lario (Lecco) factory will double Moto Guzzi production thanks to the new plant expansion project. In 2025 it will go from the current 15-20 thousand pieces to 40 thousand, increasing the number of employees (we are talking about hundreds of new hires) compared to the current 200 (plus 80 seasonal workers). The expectation is also that the growth trend of the entire sector will continue at the pace of last year, at least 15% more than the previous year (thanks to the fact that the pandemic has enhanced mobility on two wheels).
The presentation of the project took place during the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Moto Guzzi, in the historic industrial site, where motorcycles have been produced for a century. «We wanted to give a soul to the factory that will no longer be just a place of work but also of aggregation. We will open our doors to the public by organizing many events ”, says Michele Colaninno, the head of development and innovation of the Piaggio group, as well as CEO and CEO of Immsi. Attilio Fontana, the governor of Lombardy, also participated in the presentation, talking about the positive repercussions on the territory.
The new site will focus on environmental sustainability and the efficient use of resources. The new buildings will be built with the reuse of existing cubic spaces and a choice of materials based on energy saving, with photovoltaic systems and eco-sustainable materials. New congress spaces will also arise, intended for internal and external events. The works will start by 2021 and will be completed in the first half of 2025. The design of the project bears the signature of the American architect Greg Lynn, who underlined the “green attitude”.
As for the future challenges, the president and CEO Roberto Colaninno explained that the whole Piaggio group is committed to the mobility of the future, that is to say «on the electric. It is a challenge that we cannot fail to take “and” the horizon of 2030 for the reduction of emissions “is short”.
The moment, added the president, “is extremely positive and now we want to concentrate on succeeding in grasping the goal of changing Piaggio’s DNA from a mechanical company to an electrical-electronic company between now and 2030. Today’s stage goes into this. management, together with the others we have already planned, such as the new plant in Indonesia, the e-mobility facility in Pontedera and the hiring of hundreds of people ». Michele Colaninno also assured that the Moto Guzzi brand will remain in Italy and that it is reaching a “sales record”.