Iveco is celebrating a production milestone at its plant in Brescia, Italy.
The truck manufacturer has seen the 600,000th Eurocargo truck come down the factory line.
Furthermore, all generations of the truck have been produced at the site since 1991.
The Brescia plant is currently supported by 1,600 staff.
Marco Colonna, plant manager, praised the achievement and Iveco staff.
“This production milestone vehicle could not be powered by anything else but compressed natural gas (CNG),” he said.
In addition, he described the vehicle as ‘a commitment to sustainable mobility’.
“Launched in 1991, the Eurocargo was conceived to be one of the most innovative industrial vehicles on the market.
“The modular cab platform allowing extensive scope for vehicle customisation without driving up costs.”
Meanwhile, he said that the company’s history helps “guides us on a path of continuous improvement and innovation|”.
“Over the coming years, we will see our vehicles evolve to become greener than ever.”
Importantly, Iveco has committed to reducing emissions for some time with alternative fuel and gas options.
Therefore, it believes that natural gas benefits both the environment and the economy.
The origins of the plant date back to 1903, when Roberto Züst founded Fabbrica Automobili.
That company went on to become Officine Meccaniche (OM) in 1928 and was acquired by Fiat in 1968.
However, it wasn’t long before car manufacturing gave way to industrial vehicles.
In 1975, OM was among the “founding partners” of Iveco.
The plant itself is committed to safeguarding the environment and sustainability.
For instance, around 20,000m² of solar panels will be installed at the site over the coming months.
Consequently, Iveco hopes the move will cut CO2 emissions by 1300 tonnes a year.