Pomigliano d’Arco Plant Sep21

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Pomigliano d’Arco Plant

In the late 60’s there were two Alfa Romeo production plants. Both were located in the region around Milan, Portello the original plant and Arese the newer mass production tooled plant. It was decided by the Italian government, who was at the time the owner of Alfa Romeo  that a factory in the south (sud) was needed to encourage development in southern Italy and stop the mass exodus to the North in search of jobs as northern Italy was where all the action was. The then president of Alfa Romeo, Joseph Luraghi, opposed this direction but it was decided to be in the nation’s best interests.

The factory was to be  located in the town of Pomigliano d’Arco in the Campania region in the south of Italy. There was already a factory on the site that had been responsible for producing aeronautical engines, this was cleared to make way for the new plant.

In April 1972 Alfa Romeo’s new factory began production.  This new model polarised many Alfa Romeo fans as it was a revolutionary front wheel drive and was named the Alfa Sud (south) because of the region in which it was built. (More on the AlfaSud car next week). The plant was developed under the direction of Rudolf Hruska who was the designer of the AlfaSud. The styling was by Giorgetto Giugiaro of ItalDesign

The production of the AlfaSud continued til 1989 and was nearly 900000 cars! Unfortunately due to poor materials and some bad design in regards to trapping water, most of these have returned to the earth from whence they came!

The last Alfa Romeo to be produced here was the 159 which finished production late last year. The factory will now produce Fiat Pandas…