Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi cel­e­brates 100th an­niver­sary

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O n May 1, 2013, Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi turned 100 years old. The sole aero­nau­ti­cal com­pany in the world to boast over a cen­tury of ac­tiv­ity un­der the same shared brand Ale­nia was in­cor­po­rated in 1913 by Gi­ulio Mac­chi as So­ci­età Anon­ima Nieu­port-Mac­chi. Hun­dred years later, the brand Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi over­sees the avi­a­tion sec­tor of Fin­mec­ca­nica, Italy’s main in­dus­trial group that ranks in the top ten groups in the aero­space, de­fence and se­cu­rity sec­tors.

Cre­ated on Jan­uary 11, 2012, from the merger of Ale­nia Aero­nau­tica, Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi and Ale­nia SIA, to­day’s Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi is the fi­nal step of a long in­te­gra­tion process launched in the mid-1960s aimed at stream­lin­ing op­er­a­tions to bet­ter com­pete in the in­ter­na­tional mar­kets—mar­kets which de­manded solid com­pa­nies that of­fered in­te­grated prod­uct port­fo­lios.

To­day, Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi has grown its work­force to about 12,000 peo­ple – a dis­tinct con­trast from the 10 work­ers who built the first Nieu­port-Mac­chi mono­plane in 1913. With its ac­tiv­i­ties bal­anced equally be­tween the mil­i­tary and the civil­ian sec­tors, it is a global ma­jor player in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

Dur­ing its cen­tury of ac­tiv­i­ties, the “Ale­nia” com­pa­nies which pro­gres­sively merged with un­der to­day’s brand have de­signed, de­vel­oped, built, de­liv­ered and sup­ported nearly 30,00,000 air­craft in both the civil­ian and mil­i­tary sec­tors. Th­ese air­craft have been op­er­ated by air forces, air­lines and pri­vate op­er­a­tors around the world.

Giuseppe Giordo, Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi’s CEO, com­mented: “Our first 100 years mean a cen­tury of records, of tech­no­log­i­cal achieve­ments and of de­vel­op­ment of an in­dus­trial sys­tem which has been gen­er­at­ing a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic and so­cial im­pact in our coun­try. To­day Italy boasts one of the few avi­a­tion in­dus­tries in the world able to of­fer a last gen­er­a­tion fighter, a tac­ti­cal trans­port air­craft whose su­pe­ri­or­ity is ac­knowl­edged world­wide, an out­stand­ing ad­vanced jet trainer and sev­eral in­dus­trial col­lab­o­ra­tion pro­grammes rang­ing from the mod­ern Boe­ing 787 up to the A380, the world’s largest pas­sen­ger air­craft.”

Dur­ing the re­main­ing months of 2013, sev­eral ini­tia­tives will be pro­moted to cel­e­brate Ale­nia Aer­ma­c­chi’s cen­te­nary, high­light­ing the role the com­pany has played in the de­vel­op­ment of avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy and its im­pact on econ­omy and so­ci­ety.

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