Società Costruzioni Industriali Milano SpA (Milan Industrial Construction Company), often shortened to SOCIMI (alternatively SoCIMi or Socimi)[1] was an Italian manufacturing company specializing in the manufacture of transportation equipment. It is also notable for its brief foray into firearms design and manufacture during the 1980s.

History[edit | edit source]

SOCIMI was founded in 1969 by Alessandro Marzocco. The company specialized in the manufacture of transport systems and vehicles, such as streetcars and subway vehicles like the Eurotram, as well as the electrical equipment required for these vehicles to run. The company also manufactured bodies for buses and trolleybuses.[2]

SOCIMI expanded their portfolio to arms production in the early 1980s, with the assistance of newly-acquired subsidiary Luigi Franchi SpA as they did not have the capability to produce arms at the time. SOCIMI's first firearm was the Type 821, a compact submachine gun. The three factories were ultimately also tooled up to produce various arms alongside the transportation vehicles they specialized in.[3]

By 1992 however, several Italian companies were being implicated for their involvement in corrupt practices under an investigation titled Mani pulite. Marzocco confessed that he had bribed various transportation companies for the successful awarding of contracts to SOCIMI for their systems.[4] This took a massive toll on SOCIMI, with the company going bankrupt due to being implicated in these scandals; by 1994, SOCIMI closed its doors, with the company being absorbed by ATM Milano in 2000 and is no longer involved in the manufacture of transportation vehicles.

Products[edit | edit source]

SOCIMI is known to have produced the following arms:

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://patents.google.com/patent/US4895064A/
  2. Bushell, Chris (ed.) (1989). Jane's Urban Transport Systems 1989, pp. 399, 408, 545 and 560. Coulsdon, Surrey (UK): Jane's Information Group.
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20110716093101/http://www.smallarmsreview.com/pdf/dec03.pdf
  4. Buccini, Goffredo. Gli affari della Socimi. 25 September 1992, p. 2.
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