In 1901 "Officina Meccanica e Fonderia Ing. Romano Righi e C." was funded by Mr. Righi and Mr. Menada in Reggio Emilia (Italy).
The company started to produce trains, increased its size and in 1904 changed its name into in "Officine Meccaniche Reggiane".
The company developed further and in 1913
had 2000 employees and changed the name in "Reggiane Officine
Meccaniche Italiane S.p.A.". During WWI it produced also bullets and trailers for artillery. In 1917 grew further up to 5000 employees.
The Reggiane factory in 1931
In 1918 received an order about the construction of 300 bombers
Caproni 600 (Ca.5) but only 5 units were completed. During a storm the
facility hosting the aircrafts collapsed destroying all of them. After
WWI the company went through crisis and tried to overcome it designing
products for agricolture, mechanics, and industrial plants.
In 1935 Mr. Caproni joined the board of Reggiane company and led the
company to develop aircrafts and aircraft engines. Initially under
license (aircrafts SM.79, P32 bis, Ca.405, engines Piaggio PVII, PXI,
P.32bis Ca.405 SM.79
later by its own design, from RE 2000 to RE 2006 regarding aircrafts and from Re.103 to Re.105 regarding engines.
In 1941 the company reached its maximum size of 11200 employees.
The city of Reggio Emilia and the industrial area
At that time Reggiane was the 4th biggest company in Italy.
Between 7th and 8th January 1944 the company was completely destroyed by heavy allied bombings.
1945 the company stopped aircraft production and worked only in the
fields of plants, trains and cranes production. Cranes are still
- P32bis: 1 - Ca.405: 2 - SM.79: 405 - RE 2000 total: 350 - of which prototypes: 1 - of which figher version: 5 - of which long range version: 12 - of which carrier based: 10 - of which for Swedish Air Force: 60 - of which for Hungarian Air Force: 71 - of which produced in Hungary under license: 191 - RE 2001: 237 - of which RE 2001 Delta: 1 - of which RE 2001 CN produced in Predappio: 10 - RE 2002: 251 - of which produced in Taliedo: 60 - RE 2003: 2 - RE 2005: 32 - RE 2006: 1