Internal restructuring
Nord Ovest; Liguria;
Location of affected unit(s)
Genoa Sestri Ponente; Finale Ligure
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30.3 - Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery

165 - 372 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 January 2014
Employment effect (start)
31 March 2014
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


Piaggio Aero Industries, a leading company in aeronautic sector, is to cut 165 jobs in its plants located at Genoa Sestri Ponente (117 job cuts) and Finale Ligure (48 ones), in the Liguria region. Moreover, the reorganisation plan announced by the company envisages also the loss of 207 outsourced jobs (108 at the Genoa Sestri Ponente plant and 99 at the Finale Ligure plant), with the consequent closure of the Genoa plant.

According to the company, the reorganisation is due to the creation of a new site (located at Villanova d’Albenga, in the Liguria region), which should employ around 900 workers. The new plant is currently under construction and it should be operational at the end of 2014.

The trade unions reacted to the company’s announcement requiring the involvement of national and local authorities in order to avoid the closure of the Genoa plant.

For previous restructuring events see Piaggio Aero Industries-2010and Piaggio Aero Industries-2003.

Updated, 05/06/2014: On 5 June 2014, trade unions and Piaggio Aero Industries management reached an agreement at the Ministry of Economic Development to avoid lay offs. Subsequently, the agreement was approved by workers through a referendum.

The company will move its manufacturing activities to the Villanova plant but it will invest € 135 million in Liguria and ensured that the Genoa site will not close. In fact, the framework agreement foresees that trade unions, company’s management and local institutions will individuate new activities for the Genoa plant in order to avoid layoffs.

As reported redundant workers will be supported by the wages guarantee fund (CIG) for 4 years.


  • 14 January 2014: Il Sole 24 Ore
  • 8 January 2014: La Repubblica
  • 5 June 2014: Milano Finanza
  • 7 June 2014: La Repubblica


Eurofound (2014), Piaggio Aero Industries, Internal restructuring in Italy, factsheet number 76447, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76447.