Fiat CEO praises Pomigliano plant, promises more investments in Italy image

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the modernized car plant in Pomigliano d’Arco is the best in the Fiat-Chrysler system.

The executive added that the facility is an example of how Italy can emerge from the financial crisis. Marchionne was in Pomigliano for the presentation of the new Panda subcompact car, which Fiat began producing there last month. The Pomigliano plant is the first in Italy to approve more flexible work rules and was the first to get new investments. The company invested a total of €800 million to move production of the new Panda from Poland to Italy.

Flexible work rules will be extended to the rest of Fiat’s Italian plants under a new deal signed Tuesday with unions. The executive reassured Italians that investments in the country will continue. “All of Fiat’s car plants will receive adequate investments. They won’t be publicized, but they will be announced when there are the right market conditions,” Marchionne was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Marchionne said the 2008 crisis made him decide to move production of the Panda from Poland back to Italy. “We did it because, within the possible limits and without endangering the position of our company, we believe it is our duty to give precedence to the country where Fiat has its roots,” he explained.