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ASTRA Veicoli Industriali SpA, Piacenza, Province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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Location Category ID: 5345
Added to Database: 18 September 2010
Last Edited: 18 September 2010
Address: Via Caorsana 79, 29100 Piacenza
Telephone: +39 0523 543111
Email: dvdbzcom [at] iveco.com (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times:
Official Website: Astra Iveco
Astra History
Other Links: Wikipedia
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Latitude, Longitude: 45.04238708 , 9.73997802
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Models of tank built here:
1: M47 Patton Tank - Italian Service (Maintenance for Italian Army)

Long term:
1: M47 Patton Tank - Museo Storico dei Carristi, Roma, Roma, Lazio, Italy (‘General Revision’ 16 September 1976)
2: M47 Patton Tank - Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park, New Rockford, Eddy County, North Dakota, USA (‘General Revision’ 15 February 1966 during Italian Army service)



ASTRA (Anonima Sarda Trasporti) S.p.A. is an Italian company which produces trucks, construction dump trucks, heavy transport vehicles and military vehicles. It was privately founded in 1946 in Cagliari by Mario Bertuzzi, for the reconditioning of military vehicles left over from the war. In 1951 ASTRA moved to Piacenza, into a facility of 15,000 square metres, to conduct the reconditioning of tracked vehicles (primarily Sherman tanks, and later M47 Patton tanks).
From 1955 ASTRA began to construct civilian vehicles, beginning with the BM1 dumper, and later also making concrete mixer trucks and chassis. Until 1986 the company belonged to the Bertuzzi family, but then became a member of Iveco, part of the Fiat Group.
Tanks that have undergone maintenance in the ASTRA facilities have the company’s name marked on a data plate welded to the rear hull. It typically reads as follows:

ASTRA S.p.A.
PIACENZA – ITALIA
REVISIONE GENERALE
DATA: [stamped date]   NO. [stamped ID]

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2010

ASTRA SpA factory complex
1: ASTRA SpA factory complex

Taken: 2010 (Estimated)
Contributor: Bing Maps
Location Photo ID: 332
Added: 18 September 2010
Views: 75
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July 2009

ASTRA plate welded on the rear hull plate of an M47, UID 855
2: ASTRA plate welded on the rear hull plate of an M47, UID 855

Taken: 1 July 2009
Contributor: M. Foti
Location Photo ID: 344
Added: 12 October 2010
Views: 81
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2009

Main ASTRA SpA office building, from AstraSpa.com Gallery
3: Main ASTRA SpA office building, from AstraSpa.com Gallery

Taken: 2009 (Estimated)
Contributor: CRFU
Location Photo ID: 331
Added: 18 September 2010
Views: 80
Has Priority: 0