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Italian Textile Technology exhibited in Shanghai

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About 130 Italian companies exhibited at ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 (Shanghai, 21-25 October 2016), occupying an overall exhibition space of more than 5,400 so meters. 60 Italian companies presented their products as part of the National Sector Group, organized by ACIMIT (the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and ICE-Italian Trade Agency. The four Italian clusters were in the spinning and winding (Hall 1), nonwovens (Hall 2), digital printing (Hall 5) and finishing machinery areas (Hall 6).


The high number of Italian exhibitors testifies a positive outlook on the future of Asian markets, and Chinese one in particular. Asia, on the whole, is a constant benchmark for Italian textile machinery manufacturers, absorbing 45% of their sales abroad. “The high number of Italian exhibitors in Shanghai”, Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT, says, “shows that our companies are confident in a further growth of the Asian markets, and China in particular. Compared to the last edition of ITMA ASIA, the space booked by Italian exhibitors has grown by 13%.”


The Chinese market is the primary destination for Italian exports. In the first half of 2016, the value of Italian machinery exported to China totaled 152 million euros (+11% over the previous year), around 17% of Italian total exports. The other main destinations of the area for Italian companies are India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.


The demand for machinery in Asia focuses mainly on machines capable of combining savings in production costs with respect to environmental issues. “Visitors at ITMA ASIA + CITME will once again be able to ascertain in person the extremely high quality and uniquely innovative character of Italian technology on display”, states Raffaella Carabelli. “Less than a year from ITMA Milan, Italian machinery manufacturers will be present in Shanghai with further new proposals, aimed at providing rigorous production standards while cutting costs for energy, water, chemical products and other raw materials.”

Around 40 Italian machinery manufacturers have signed up to ACIMIT’s “Sustainable technologies” project, committing themselves to supplying increasingly sustainable machinery, both from an economic and environmental standpoint. The project is an initiative supported by the Ministry of Economic Development and by the ICE-Italian Trade Agency and is documented on the new website presented during the ACIMIT press conference at ITMA ASIA. “a website is an additional tool made available to textile operators,” comments ACIMIT’s President, “aimed at providing a better understanding of what we want to achieve in terms of sustainability.”

In addition to the 40 companies which already participate in the “Sustainable technologies” project, other Italian exhibitors at ITMA ASIA displayed the progress made by their technology concerning cost reduction and production resource savings to the visitors of the most important show in the sector in Asia, confirming Italian industry at the top for the supply of sustainable processes.

As far as relevant the Asian market, ACIMIT that brings together the majority of Italian textile machinery companies (which account for 80% of Italian turnover), has been realizing an active promotional program in Asia, in order to support the associated companies in their sales efforts. This program is realized in cooperation with ICE-Italian Trade Agency.


Italy, with its high-tech and eco-friendly manufacturers, is one of the most important player in the textile machinery industry. Italian high-quality machines will foster China textile industry’s quality and will provide environmental conservation – explain Claudio Pasqualucci, Italian Trade Commissioner in Shanghai. China is implementing policies for the reduction of carbon emissions. The new measures for low carbon economy which is low energy consumption, low material consumption low-emission and low-pollution, one of the future choices in the economic development. For that reason, we think Italian textile machines eco-friendly technology, should be appropriate with Chinese policies. In Easter China, that is the area of competence of ICE Shanghai, there are the top three Provinces for textile and garment industry: Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Fujian, that along with the Provinces Guangdong and Shandong reach around 80% of the industry’s production capability –– and Italy remains one of the leading suppliers of textile machinery in China: it’s strong in machines for preparing especially textile fibers and yarns, machines for cleaning, dyeing and finishing machines, knitting, stitch-bond, lace and auxiliary machinery”.


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