Tuscany's Maritime Heart

Pierburg Pump Technology’s plant in Livorno

Livorno, with a population of around 160,000, is the third-largest city in Tuscany. The city is home to Pierburg Pump Technology’s central plant in Italy, and has been ever since the year 2000, when the factory in the via Salvatore Orlando was taken over from Magneti Marelli.

Though the plant dates back to the 1930s, it’s not nearly as old as the city itself, which once played host to a Roman naval base – hence the name Livorno, which derives from liburne, a type of ancient galley. The city first appears in historical records in 1017. During the Renaissance, it was above all the Medici who placed their stamp on Livorno. It was during this period that the city emerged as a major port and economic center.

Pierburg Pump Technology Italy S.p.A

Plant locations: Livorno, Lanciano, Turin

Staff (2017): 436

Sales (2017): 175 million EUR

Today, Livorno remains one of Italy’s most important maritime hubs, especially for the petroleum and automobile industries. The yacht builder Benetti upholds the city’s longstanding tradition of shipbuilding. Cruise ships call at Livorno these days, too. Tourists appreciate the city’s strategic location: Florence, Siena, and Lucca can be reached by car in just 90 minutes, and Pisa – with its international airport – is only a half hour away.