2011 factory closure leaving remaining equipment temporarily at the site.
Each of us holds a certain fondness for automobiles, yet amidst our diverse likings, we have a mutual love: our passion for cars. Bearing witness to an empty and deserted factory is a melancholic experience, particularly as we are aware that it once housed the skilled laborers who meticulously assembled the vehicles that brought us joy in the past.
A recent on-site tour delves into a Fiat manufacturing facility that has been dormant since 2011. Despite its closure over ten years ago, the Termini Imerese plant remains virtually unchanged, with all of its machinery still in place. This factory was responsible for manufacturing some of Fiat’s most beloved models, such as the iconic 500 and the charming Panda. Operating since 1970, this Sicilian plant also produced the Fiat 126, Punto, and Lancia Ypsilon.
In November 2011, the final vehicle to be manufactured was a Lancia. Interestingly, it appears that restarting production at this plant would not require much effort. It is common for factories to be completely cleared out once they shut down, however, the former Fiat factory near Palermo remains untouched. Despite having the capability to produce up to 140,000 cars per year, only 40 percent of this capacity was being utilized before Fiat’s closure. As a result, the factory, which had a workforce of approximately 1,800 employees, was experiencing significant financial losses.
As per the photographer, the previous factory owner has sold the property and it is now off-limits. The factory has gone through multiple ownerships, with the final one being when Italian business Blutec purchased it with the intention of producing electric vehicles. Unfortunately, this endeavor was derailed by a case of fraud that amounted to a staggering €16 million.
The assembly plant, which was once thriving, has reportedly been stripped down and is now facing demolition, marking a sorrowful conclusion to its legacy.
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