MILAN, 20 Jan (Reuters) – Leonardo’s aerospace and defense group will invest 360 million euros ($ 436 million) over the next few years to modernize four plants based in southern Italy, Chief Executive Alessandro Profumo said on Wednesday.
Speaking at the digital event, Profumo said the investment was aimed at upgrading factories in Pomigliano and Nola, near Naples, as well as sites in Grottaglie and Foggia, in the Apulia region.
These factories produce components for the C27J military transport aircraft, ATR commercial and military turbo-prop aircraft, as well as parts for Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
This investment, part of a plan dubbed ‘Betomorrow 2030’, aims to make factories more flexible so that the same production line can produce components for a wide range of products, Profumo said.
Profumo added that the state-controlled group will also support investment to reduce the digital divide in southern Italy and increase cooperation with universities through research and innovation. ($ 1 = 0.8262 euros) (Reported by Francesca Landini; Editing by David Gregorio)