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Tecnopolo - former Reggiane mechanic industry

Research hub for mechanics, constructions, agribusiness, energy and environment.

Address and contacts

Piazzale Europa, 1 - 42124 Reggio nell'Emilia
+39 0522.922238 / 0522.513772

How to get there

The tecnopole is located on the north-east side of the historical centre of Reggio Emilia, beside of the Train and Bus Station on Piazzale Europa.

Historical notes

A centre for mechatronic, construction, agricultural, energy and environmental research, the Tecnopolo was built to create and spread knowledge, attract high-tech industries and function as a start-up incubator. It is housed in building 19 (3,500 square metres) of the historic Reggio Workshops, the one built in the 1920s and 30s and was the first to be repurposed and rebuilt with respect to its original function.
The Reggio Mechanical Workshops, founded in 1904 in the Santa Croce neighbourhood, are one of the strongest representations of Reggio Emilia’s identity.
Production was initially focused on railroad equipment and then expanded to include other types of industrial installations (for ovens, pasta factories and others) and was converted for military use during the Great War. In the mid-Thirties the large “Avio” department was founded, producing military aircraft like the Re 2001 and eventually employing over eleven thousand workers. Because of this activity the plant was bombed by the Allies in January 1944, with numerous civilian casualties.
The Workshops’ post-war history was characterized by a tense social struggle between owners and workers, with the latter occupying the plant for 368 days between 1949 and 1951, in the end being unable to avoid mass firing. This marked the end of the golden age of the Workshops that, nonetheless, continued to produce railway and industrial engineering materials until the cessation of production in 2008.