The plant in Brescia is the "home" of Eurocargo, a production enterprise that has been important both to Iveco and to the city since its inception, in which all generations of the vehicle have been produced from 1991 to today.
The plant was the home of the glorious OM, originally the Fabbrica Automobili Roberto Züst in 1903, which then became OM in 1928 and was acquired by Fiat in 1968. After initially manufacturing cars (including race cars), OM moved into the agricultural sector and then on to industrial vehicles. In 1975, OM was one of the “founding members” that gave life to Iveco and became part of the new company in all respects. This plant, which was already producing medium vehicles under the OM brand, was chosen in 1991 to start production of the Eurocargo.
The plant was fully updated starting in 2008: currently the site employs a workforce of about 2,100, with a production capacity of up to 140 units per day. Brescia is dedicated to the production of Eurocargo, where the entire production cycle of the vehicle is concentrated. Operations include assembly of the chassis, cab bodywork, painting, installation of the driveline, upholstering of interiors and final inspection. Special variants are also manufactured in Brescia – such as those for military and fire-fighting applications. The plant can produce more than 11,000 different product variants.
As response to this complexity, in 2007 a World Class Manufacturing standard was introduced, which is an integrated system of production adopted in almost all CNH Industrial plants worldwide. It is a methodology that aims to create an error-proof process and eliminate flaws, inefficiencies, waste and accidents (the number of accidents decreased by 90% following WCM implementation).
The plant has recently received the Silver Level certification under the World Class Manufacturing (WCM). This important acknowledgement rewards the continued application of the entire plant that, at the end of three days of intense audit, obtained a final score of 60 points: today the Iveco plant in Brescia is one of the ten plants that have obtained the Silver Level among the 59 CNH Industrial plants around the world.