Italian manufacturers and sustainability

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Italian manufacturers and sustainability

Italy is having a massive presence at the ITMA 2011 trade show, with 320 companies from the textile machinery sector exhibiting in Spain. The overall exhibition space occupied by Italian machinery manufacturers exceeds 20,000 sq m, roughly one third of the total available surface area.

The massive presence of Italian companies here in Barcelona bears witness to the vitality of our sector in spite of the profound uncertainty influencing the global economic landscape” said Sandro Salmoiraghi, President of ACIMIT, the Italian Association of Textile Machinery Manufacturers.

According to ACIMIT, global demand for textile machinery has slowed down somewhat after having closed 2010 with increased production and exports of over 20%, and with a similar positive start to 2011.

Sandro Salmoiraghi, President of ACIMIT, and his colleagues at the association's press conference in ITMA 2011
Sandro Salmoiraghi, President of ACIMIT, and his colleagues at the association’s press conference in ITMA 2011

Global growth appears to have hit a snag” continued Mr Salmoiraghi, “and this downturn is across the board and stronger than expected, even for emerging countries.

At ITMA 2011, Italian machinery companies are emphasizing sustainability and efficiency in their products. Also, ACIMIT presents to the specialized press the details of the Sustainable Technologies project.

The Sustainable Technologies project aims to sensitize ACIMIT’s associated members on the sustainability of technology solutions proposed to customers through the creation of a green label. Realized with the technical support of the engineering firm D’Appolonia, the project is said to benefit from the cooperation of the European project Nu-Wave.

According to ACIMIT, at ITMA 2011, Italian machinery manufacturers who have joined the project can illustrate to their customers the benefits derived from the insertion of machines bearing such a green label.

Both Italy’s participation at ITMA 2011 and the Sustainability Technologies project are supported by the Italian Government through the Ministry of Economic Development.

Overview of Italian textile machinery industry

Main figures of Italian textile machinery sector (including laundry machinery) in millions of euros<i>(Source: ACIMIT)
Main figures of Italian textile machinery sector (including laundry machinery) in millions of euros(Source: ACIMIT)

In Italy, there are about 300 companies who produce textile machines and related accessories, for a total of about 12,400 employees.

In 2010, the value of Italian exports was 1.9 billion euros, about 79% of the total production (2.4 billion euros).

At a world level Italy is one of the main suppliers of textile machinery together with Germany, Japan and Switzerland. The Italian market share on the world exports of textile machinery was 11%.

Italian exports of textile machines are directed mainly in Asia (50% of the total) and Europe (31%).

The biggest contributions to the Italian exports of textile machinery came from China, for a turnover of 426 million euros (27% of total sales), Turkey (123 million euros), India (112 million euros) and Brazil (75 million euros).

Source: ATA Editorial Team

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