Italian textile machinery manufacturers are ingenious, “Made in Italy”, and storming ahead of competitors

By Virginia F. Bodmer-Altura, Publisher of TextileFuture

Members of ACIMIT, the Italian umbrella organisation of textile machinery manufacturers represents an industrial sector comprising around 300 manufacturers (employing close to 12000 people) and producing machinery for an overall value of about EUR 2.5 billion, with exports amounting to more than 84 % of total sales. Creativity, sustainable technology, reliability and quality are the characteristics which have made Italy a global leader in the manufacturing of textile machinery.

Since in ITMA 2023 will return to Milan, Italy, for its 19th edition to be held at the Fiera Milano Rho exhibition centre from June 8 -14, 2023, TextileFuture decided ahead of ITMA 2019 in Barcelona to take a tour through Italy and to visit selected Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers.

We try to give you a rundown of what we have witnessed, but before let us start with the key findings of the trip of roughly two and a half weeks.

Key Findings

•             Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers are well prepared to meet future challenges

•             Family owned companies are very versatile and agile and find new niches

•             Larger companies, belonging to a group and operating in different areas, are market leaders in their segment, highly efficient and at the forefront of new developments, such as AI Artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0

•             ITMA is for all categories still a must, to meet customers and getting an overview of competitors, however it is a very costly event and some players would like to have Cematex to make some changes of the rules for the benefit of the textile machinery manufacturers.

All of the companies visited, with no regard to their size and specialisation, seem to be well prepared to meet future challenges.

They all do invest a lot into design, R&D and sustainability. Reuse of materials in view to the Circle Economy are for all of them a must. These are also the basics of what they will present at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.

Since we presented in the ITMA Barcelona Preview all the companies in alphabetical manner, we will do the same with the visited firms. Therefore, you will not be able to follow the exact map of our tip. All we can state is that the trip by car started in Prato (near Florence), and ended near Busto Arsizio and along this routing the personal visits took place.

Prato’s history

Prato Province Map

To start we would like also to reveal some history on Prato. Once upon a time, in the 1950s and 60s, Prato was predominantly reigned by the woollen industry. In the following decade it became famous to reuse fabrics and clothing and to rework it into new products. Nowaday, Prato is fameous for the Chinese dominated clothing industry. However, we want to make clear one aspect, today it is the second or third generation of Chinese ownership. The larger groups are working in the formerly empty plant of the woollen industry, an industry that engaged (cheep) Chinese labour to work in their factories.

In the Prato province were living in 2017 around 193325 people, in Prato city there are living actually around 66000 persons, and according to reliable sources thereof are 26000 estimated as legally described Chinese and other estimated 26000 Chinese living illegally there, mostly engaged in the clothing sector, also in smaller clothing repair shops or other retailing areas. The local “Pratese” is not in favour neither of the shop owners, nor Chinese local and Chinese business in general. The reason is that Chinese do not mingle too much with the Italian population. Also, the imported labour is of low level Chinese background and therefore inapt to cope with the Italian language and culture.

The Chinese being active in textiles and clothing in addition do very seldom buy textile machinery “Made in Italy”, but import rather Chinese products. Even though, there is an industrial area with quite many textile machinery manufacturers.

Let’s now start to talk about Italian Textile Machinery manufacturers, and we start now the portraits of the visited companies.

Biancalani Textile Machinery for the special finishing of woven and knitted fabric

The company’s headquarters

The Biancalani Textile Machinery is a family owned and managed company. We had the pleasure in meeting Rossana, Massimo and Rossano Biancalani (President of the company), each of them having its own individual responsibility of Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Technology and Administration.

Since 1957 at Biancalani manufactures and sell own-designed machines for special finishing of woven and knitted fabric. All products are designed with experience, and built with passion: the large number of users who highly value these unique finishing solutions, in every area of the textile world, rewards our steadfast pursuit of efficiency and sustainability.

Biancalani always offers original and efficient solutions for the ennoblement and the perfect finish of any type of woven and knitted fabric, for every application, in a wide range of compositions and constructions.

The Biancalani staff – from the sales force to expert technologists, from the designers to the after sales service – is leaning in a single effort: to offer clients maximum satisfaction.

Biancalani is a family enterprise, starting as a small mechanical engineering and machinery repair firm, founded by the father, and, today over 60 years old the firm is specialising in finishing machines. The family stems originally from Southern Italy.

The company’s values are based upon Values:

•             Quality – we offer quality to our customers to help them

to ensure quality to their own customers.

•             Reliability – we cultivate long-term relationships with all our partners, giving them an important role as part of our corporate strategy.

•             Manageability – we develop technology geared toward concrete results, increasing the efficiency of products and production.

•             Sustainability – we seek solutions to social and environmental challenges, that deliver long-term values.

Rossano Biancalani, President explains at the occasion of TextileFuture’s visit, that the company was developing in footing the textile industry in Italy, and particularly in Prato. Then came the crisis and created the challenge to enter the export business, this dates back to the 1960s when the machinery was exported to Switzerland, India, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, then followed the USA. He adds: “The WTO and globalisation opened the world markets to us.”

The mission of Biancalani is Mission to design and market textile machines that meet and exceed the expectations of its customers by providing products, that create added value for our partners, while maintaining our position as a market leader through the continuous development and cutting-edge technology in the field of textile finishing.

Modern times brought, and bring new challenges, today environment and sustainability are at the forefront. Not only world markets are open, but there is also a lot of competition at the same time around.  The company exports 80 – 95 %, and Rossano Biancalani said: “We are known for the quality of our machines and services offered.”

At ITMA Barcelona Biancalani will showcase something new: Around 10 years ago, we developed Airo® 24, a high efficiency dryer (Production speed up to 50 m/min, Processing speed up to 2500 m/min (93 mph or 150 km/h) 500 kg/h evaporation capacity (up to 750 kg/h), Working widths up to 360 cm), a state-of-the-art dryer, and we will present a new version. The AIRO®24 principle Fabric moves at very high speed, suspended and transported by the air flow, in alternate directions… this is the heart of AIRO®24 treatment. The special grids placed in front of the channel openings allow the fabric to discharge the accumulated kinetic energy, while it acquires body, volume, drape and better stability, getting rid of any excess of humidity at the same time.

A very wide range of materials are suitable for AIRO®24 treatment. The flexibility of its functions allow this machine to adapt to any type of product: natural fibres (cotton, linen, ramie, jute, silk, wool, and blends), artificial fibres (viscose, cupro, polynosic, polyammide, Tencel, Lyocell, Modal), synthetic fibres (PES, nylon, acrylic, PP, PU, PVC) in all types of construction such as woven, knitted flock and non-woven,with different application: apparel, upholstery, technical textiles. No limits in weight and width. Results are obtained in complete safety and absence of defects.

AIRO® 24 tandem offers twice the power. With AIRO®24 the loop of terry relaxes and is positioned vertically to the base of the handwork and the tandem version (patented), designed especially for the needs of manufacturers of terry, knit and velvet, offers twice the drying capacity compared to the standard machine. On this variant it is also applicable the smart-switch device which further increases the machine drying ability.

Biancalani presents in Barcelona also the new BRIO, the new drying machine (Two streams of knitted fabric in semi-open mode, efficiently working with fabric in tubular and open form. Absence of any friction for pilling-free treatments. Loading capacity up to 100 kg of wet knits for knitted fabric, designed to ensure perfect results with the highest degree of dimensional stability. Introducing the concept of active relaxation, BRIO® delivers higher stability figures than traditional drum tumblers, with the undisputable advantages of a flat, tensionless process, performed in semi-open width. Together with the new AIRO®24 productivity is increased.

Another new product is a washing machine in large width and with a new washing process. The tests are encouraging and the results are reassuring the potential of the new type. At the moment, only a prototype is existing, but the machine is not only washing with air but also drying with air.

In addition, other novelties will be presented at ITMA in Barcelona at Hall 1 Booth A208

Biancalani has an annual turnover between EUR 12 – 13 million.

During the visit, also the question was raised on how to acquire qualified personnel. Biancalani is seeking personnel with the help of psychogrammes and tests, also in view to language and personality, states Rossana Biancalani. It is not that easy to find the right personnel in view to qualifications, experience and the person has to fit the existing team of collaborators.

CIBITEX offers the full line in finishing, pre- and post treatment and digital textiles

In Cibitex we visited two partners responsible for commercial aspects and machinery development, namely Marco Cortiana, Managing Director and Roberto Gorri, Sales Manager.

The company’s activity are focused on finishing, pre- and post treatment and digital textiles

Marco Cortiana explains the company’s history: “The company started as a small repair shop. We then opened up new markets in Europe and specifically in France, Belgium and Spain. We also changed the site.  We operate in the sector of tradition finishing and are now in digitisation. We have a small production, but of highest quality. In Denim finishing, we are present in Bangladesh and Pakistan. We have a standard machine, but we can adapt it to the needs of our customers.

We operate a lab for digitisation. Our specialists are totally concentrating on our own further developments. Machines for the finishing sector such as mercerisation, the first phase of preparing fabrics.

Our machines are well sold in the area of fabrics, but also in the knitting industry. The emphasis lays on the final finishing sanforising knits, fabrics for all kinds, such as clothing, measure precise and Jeans (Denim). In the knitting sector, it is important to guarantee dimension and to offer a certain soft touch to the fabric. In the fabric sector there are mostly pants that are treated.

We have to know the exact needs of our customer to offer the right machines.”

The denim sector represents a great success of Cibitex, there are very complex plants, because finishing starts also in the fabric area (weaving, finishing) and then sanforisation. In depth studies with the customer was leading to the fact, that the machine needs no chemicals, it operates mechanical with rubber, and with the help of gaz and flame the separation is done, and the reminder by filters. Thus, Eco Framing. We give the customer orientation, also on sustainability and offer capital performance and eco framing. In this framework, it is obvious that water is recycled.

Made in Italy award for Cibitex

Our main markets are Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, because these countries have to solve large problems, but we supply globally, among also Peru and India. China is a difficult market pricewise, India is also difficult because there are competing local offerings. In the area of Vicuño, we have installed various machines in Ecuador and Argentina.

At ITMA we will present new solutions in Spinning

ITMA makes sense for us, because we can meet our agents and customers, as well as suppliers. During ITMA 2019, you will find two different Cibitex stands, so you will be able to see the latest innovations in our range of textile finishing machinery.

All machines completely designed and manufactured in Italy according to the highest quality standards.

Digitisation is important. Our machines were distinctive and diverse at the time already in the 1990’s. Printers were digital, and a pre- and post treatment printer, impregnating substance on the fabric and finishing of the fabric. The machines are compact and are clearly focused to the needs of the customers.

We have a small production, but assemble most of the machines, the only exception is the printer.

The number of personnel is 23 and turnover EUR 4 Million, the export quota amounts to 40 %. This reflects also a marked presence in the home market.

Cormatex, the master of innovative airlay systems to fulfil the circular economy

If you do have a close look at the website of Cormatex, you will find the following motto of the company: “It is not about preserving the past, but to realise its hopes: Nothing is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed”.

The machines developed of Cormatex are serving the following industries: nonwovens, woollen spinning, building/construction, textile clothing, home furnishings, and automotives.

Cormatex is a textile machinery manufacturer operating on the international markets since 1938.

The company has diversified its own production becoming a leading company in the following sectors: Carding and spinning of woollen yarn, especially fine knitting yarn including cashmere, angora, camel hair and their blends with fine wool Nonwovens production lines including fibre opening and blending systems, fine openers, card feeding systems, high production cards, lap forming, cutting and wind-up systems.

Enrico Rosso, Sales Manager at Cormatex: “Research is much more than a way to develop new technologies, it is the path to walk together to our customers. Testing is much more than a way to improve your knowledge, it is our tool to develop customized solutions. Innovation is much more than a technical goal, it is our way of providing a service. A project to be developed in cooperation with our customers is much more than a challenge for success, it is our passion.”

This is the highly motivated team of Cormatex. Enrico Rossi is the fifth from the right in the front row

As other textile machinery producers, also Cormatex started out as a mechanical firm during the flourishing of the Italian textile and clothing industry. Then there was the textile crisis in the middle of the 90’s and a great part of the textile production was mopved vfrom Italy to China. After the crisis, Prato became a sort of a place for fashion, and the first import zone for clothing arrived in Italy. Only the more appreciated and reliable textile machine manufacturer survived, and these were pushed into internationalisation.

Thus, anticipating the crisis, already in 1986 Cormatex ented the Chinese market and started to sell machines for the Woollen spiunning sector: such as bale openers, carding willows (here hair is also separated from the skin) step cleaners, oiling chambers, continuous opening and blending machines up to 10 metres long, micro-weighing hopper feeders, Carding set with cross lapper and parallel lapper (the latter with Cormatex patent), tape condenser, and mule spinning frame.

And in particular, Cormatex was very successful in Mongolia, based upon the wollen tradition of Prato: Alpaca, Cashmere and Mohair were in the foreground of the sales activities. It has to be explained that all of these animals do ha a winter and a summer “coat”, thus there was and there is a basic request for machinery able to separate fibre qualities in a very efficient and clean way, without reducing the fibres length, – the longer, the higher is quality.

Since these fibres arer still exclusiv natural of high value, also Cormatex profited in develping his innovative Dehairing machine: made by a dedicated card, followed by one or more morels and up to 56 further “selecting cylinders” for a productivity around each 15kg/h this m/c was developed with the aim to treat such fibres in a gentle manner, parallelising them, contemporary removing progressively coarse hairs from fine and ultra-fine fibres. Cashmere highly increases its value , maintaining its typical soft haptic.

The deep knowledge gained over many years served the design of the dehairing machine: the detailed weight and the kind of those fibres flowing through thesse clinders are decicive for the process.

Cormatex mnachines offers the customer a top quality over years and years, that is why, still today also a customer in New Zealand decided purchasing Cormatex Dehairing machine to separating Bison fine fibres from coarse ones.

It is obvious, that fibre detection and processing are highly critical elements, and Cormatex know “how to manage them”.

Thus, Cormatex developed another exclusive machine in the mentioned Woollen spinning sector, the “Wool deburring” m/c: vegetable impurities and dust are mechanically separated in a patented dry process, which does not reduce fibres’ length, without any carding point, influencing the cleanliness but not the quality on the final product, with a average productivity up to 400kg/h. Wools in general increase its value, pretending less chemical in previous scouring process and creating much less issue to the following combing and spinning process, for an increased wool and yarn quality.

Actually, Cormatex is restoring a large woollen spinning plant that burnt at the customer site. The reason for the restauration is simple: Cormatex machines are of highest quality with a long lifetime. Proof: one of the main Italian Cashmere manufacturer in Mongolia owns more than 15 Cormatex machines and lines, that are over 30 years in operation.

The full lines for woollen spinning can be viewed here

The Nonwovens Sector was the natural evolution for Cormatex, getting advantage of the deep fibres’ know-how, to further handling even a wider range of staple fibres and materials.

At the beginning of 50ies, Cormatex followed the trend in processing cellulose and man-made fibres for geotextile- and paper-Industry. Carding sets became single Nonwoven cards, followed by innovative and even more performing Cross lapper, the wider of which was build in 15m width and 150m/min input speed by Cormatex.

Then to increase the productivity of the cards, reducing the investment, together with the request of processing less-regular fibres and materials (containing impurities) and longer filaments (up to 150mm), both natural and man-made fibres, as well as virgin or recycles ones, Cormatex developed its first Airlaid former in 90ies: the Lap formair V has an airflow able to create a regular material/fibres bat in cross direction from 1-to-4m and in time, capable of 500kg/h for each meter width, with a thickness up to 200mm and a weight up to 10.000gsm.

Finally in the last 10 years, the new frontier of composites, the research for even more evolved “circular economy” processes and additional performing nonwoven materials, push the development of the latest Nonwoven Airlaid former, the “Lap formair H”: this is the ultimate solution for even very short fibres and materials (starting from 1mm), without any need to be separated and cleaned, simply uniformly distributing them, making new blend also with perfect powder distribution. In addition, the high efficient but low aggressive action (without any carding point) and the suction system controlling fibres disposal into horizontal layers, those allow a unique system capable to work very cleanly and efficiently with fragile fibres (carbon-glass-rockwool-basalt fibres) as well as with every recycled materials (tyre cords, carpets, paper and cardboard, mdf, cellulose…). Moreover, the perfect distribution of fibres into horizontal layers, it allows a further consolidation not only via thermal bonding oven, but also with needle looms.

One principle: the movement of the fibres are followed by the cylindres. This results into two advantages: the weight of the fibres and their moving  becomes decisive. Cashmere, Alpaca are very fine fibres. Cormatex machines offer the customer a top quality, that is why a customer in New Zealand is separating Opossum hair on Cormatex machines, and in USA the machines separate Bison hair. It has to be explained that such animals do have a winter and a summer “Coat”, thus the machinery has to be able to separate both hair qualities, which is the case, and without any problem. It is obvious, that fibre detection and processing are highly critical elements.

Thus, Cormatex developed another exclusive machine in the mentioned Woollen spinning sector, the “Wool deburring” m/c: vegetable impurities and dust are mechanically separated in a patented dry process, which does not reduce fibres’ length, without any carding point, influencing the cleanliness but not the quality on the final product, with a average productivity up to 400kg/h. Wools in general increase its value, pretending less chemical in previous scouring process and creating much less issue to the following combing and spinning process, for an increased wool and yarn quality.

Actually, Cormatex is restoring a large woollen spinning plant that burnt at the customer site. The reason for the restauration is simple: Cormatex machines are of highest quality with a long lifetime. Proof: one of the main Italian Cashmere manufacturer in Mongolia owns more than 15 Cormatex machines and lines, that are over 30 years in operation.

The full lines for woollen spinning can be viewed here

The Nonwovens Sector was the natural evolution for Cormatex, getting advantage of the deep fibres’ know-how, to further handling even a wider range of staple fibres and materials.

At the beginning of 50’s, Cormatex followed the trend in processing cellulose and man-made fibres for geotextile- and paper-Industry. Carding sets became single Nonwoven cards, followed by innovative and even more performing Cross lapper, the wider of which was build in 15m width and 150m/min input speed by Cormatex.

Then to increase the productivity of the cards, reducing the investment, together with the request of processing less-regular fibres and materials (containing impurities) and longer filaments (up to 150mm), both natural and man-made fibres, as well as virgin or recycles ones, Cormatex developed its first Airlaid former in 90ies: the Lap formair V has an airflow able to create a regular material/fibres bat in cross direction from 1-to-4m and in time, capable of 500kg/h for each meter width, with a thickness up to 200mm and a weight up to 10.000gsm.

Finally in the last 10 years, the new frontier of composites, the research for even more evolved “circular economy” processes and additional performing nonwoven materials, push the development of the latest Nonwoven Airlaid former, the “Lap formair H”: this is the ultimate solution for even very short fibres and materials (starting from 1mm), without any need to be separated and cleaned, simply uniformly distributing them, making new blend also with perfect powder distribution. In addition, the high efficient but low aggressive action (without any carding point) and the suction system controlling fibres disposal into horizontal layers, those allow a unique system capable to work very cleanly and efficiently with fragile fibres (carbon-glass-rockwool-basalt fibres) as well as with every recycled materials (tyre cords, carpets, paper and cardboard, mdf, cellulose…). Moreover, the perfect distribution of fibres into horizontal layers, it allows a further consolidation not only via thermal bonding oven, but also with needle looms.

The particular flexible machinery construction of Lap formair H makes it easy to integrate it, into more traditional carding and cross lapper lines, providing additional nonwovens production opportunities.

In this respect, Cormatex is working closely with customers and is able to offer perfect customized solutions. Among them are also international projects where the knowhow of Cormatex is required. There are products that require special development processes, but this is another strength of Cormatex, jointly with the customer, frequently covered by non disclosure agreements.

Enrico Rosso is convinced that many new developments of today will only be usable within five years, because the technical and technological solutions already exist, but products need to develop their place into the market over time and the new processes frequently require evolution of local/national regulation – i.e. End of Waste issue: Cormatex is investing a lot today, to stay at the top tomorrow. Such projects are actually located in Europe, USA and Latin America.

But Cormatex already and traditionally supplied all around the globe, with the last served marked in Poland, United Kingdom, USA , Indonesia and China. The company has an annual turnover of EUR 5 million.

The complete Cormatex range for the nonwovens sector can be had here

The Airlay H Machine

Enrico Rosso is convinced that many new developments of today will only be usable within five years, because the technical and technological solutions already exist, but products need to develop their place into the market over time and the new processes frequently require evolution of local/national regulation – i.e. End of Waste issue: Cormatex is investing a lot today, to stay at the top tomorrow. Such projects are actually located in Europe, USA and Latin America.

But Cormatex already and traditionally supplied all around the globe, with the last served marked in Poland, United Kingdom, USA , Indonesia and China. The company has an annual turnover of EUR 5 million.

Spunbond appliction

During our visit, we were also touching the situation to acquire the future potential of personnel, because everything that is concerning textiles does not show the highest grade of interest at student  levels, because textiles no longer enjoy a high esteem in comparison to newer technologies such as IT, AI, digitisation, etc.

At ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, Cormatex will be located in Hall 5 Booth D211

Meanwhile, when we met Enrico Rossi at Techtextil in Frankfurt, and because of the high interest in the offered machinery, Cormatex is looking for a Sales person of the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), should you want to apply for the job, please contact

EFI Reggiani – leading solutions for the Textile, Fashion and Apparel Markets

At EFI Reggiani, we enjoyed a meeting with Adele Genoni, Vice President/General Manager and Federica Beretta the Operative Marketing Manager, we collected valuable information for our readers.

Adele Genoni

Adele Genoni stated: “Digital printing is everywhere today. That includes the textile and fashion markets. EFITM has a complete ecosystem of solutions for these markets to improve productivity, quality, and optimise the textile process. Revolutionise the way you develop, produce and market fashion with EFI Optitex software. Combine Fiery® DesignPro for efficient textile design and file preparation with the Fiery digital front ends for professional colour management and high-quality RIP output on EFI Reggiani digital printers. Plus to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as environmental impact with EFI Reggiani products backed by over 70 years of experience in fabric treatment, printing and finishing.

Pattern Design Process Optimization, Real-Time Collaboration

Design, visualize, and perfect in a single 2D/3D environments with 2D CAD and 3D digital prototyping for true-to-life sample development. Perfect your garments before cutting or sewing the first piece of fabric, for faster cycles and products that better fit your customer’s needs.

Instantly share, view and collaborate with teams and vendors around the globe to speed up your product and design cycle.”

Learn more about the EFI Optitex portfolio to produce and market your designs Learn more

About EFI Reggiani Textile Printing Solutions

“70+ years of innovation, research, and technological excellence: EFI Reggiani (which includes the Reggiani Macchine, Mezzera, and Jaeggli brands) is a global leader in integrated solutions for the textile world, with a focus on the development of sustainable and green processes. With the high quality and performance of its machines and outstanding service to its customers, today EFI Reggiani is the premiere manufacturer of digital and traditional printers and pre-post treatment machines (such as washing systems, bleaching, dyeing, etc.).

With the new ownership and the drive and support of the owner, we offer now within one year new digital scans, broader, flexibility, colour, paver, a very proven concept and at the edge of technology.

We wanted to show it these to our customers first, and prior to ITMA. EFI is a multinational located in the San Francisco area and born software. It acquired Reggiani, that is reputed in the textile world. Reggiani is globally active with systems in the U.S., Spain and Israel. We have the knowledge to assist customer’s search.

We invest 15 % of revenue in R&D.

Adele Genoni adds: “We enjoy a history of 70 years. Founded in 1946 and the first products were launched and developed from manual, analogue and digital. The own ink was developed also.

It was always an innovative way for inks. In the last years – with a complete range of water based inks suitable for all textile use. Reactive, s dye sub, disperse direct and pigment. The latest launch at Fespa was a pigment ink with binder for in line polymerisation.

We work in the U.S., Italy, Spain and offer the competence of the group in single and analogue printers –belt is modelling as a single pass. BOLT was launched in mid-November 2018 and it was a tremendous success = partners, customers and invested in people + 300, we could welcome the entire world.

The BOLT is the next generation textile single pass and is really rewriting the rules of this technology  The BOLT can exceed rotary productivity, reaching a speed up to 90 m/min = 10’000 m2. It is not only speed, but reliability as well.

The new, 1.8-metre wide printer offers an innovative low-maintenance, fast-startup recirculation printhead that delivers better, more-uniform printing with superior uptime.

EFI designed the printer to meet real-life production needs as the only single-pass textile printer to leverage EFI’s longstanding and proprietary knowledge of high-volume production analogue rotary printing.

The printing head is exclusive, offering a great advantage: possibility to print with precise details, but also coverage, and guaranteed high reliability and a dramatic maintenance reduction, thus high productivity and now downtime, keep stops over weekend and switch on Mondays.

The ROI = total cost of ownership is very competitive. Machine runs in a reliable manner with almost no maintenance. We allow customers dedicated trials and they are impressed by the achieved results:  excellent printing, quality, reliability, penetration quality of colour and fine details.

Unique things: patented solution combining digital and analog. The machine can be equipped with rotary cylinders for special effects. These features are expanding applications possible in digital printing pass and can expand the creativity.

During the open day, digital printing design with cylinder sparkling gold on apron, there are markets where this is necessary and desirable.

The innovations shown at ITMA (Hall 3 Booth B204) will represent a capsule of the whole value EFI Reggiani can deliver to textile business; solutions that are helping more and more companies across the world to get integrated and innovated.

Customers will be able to attend live demonstrations and feel the speed of innovation, get to know the new groundbreaking features of Reggiani printers and the advanced functionalities as well as the most advanced solutions for textile with EFI Reggiani digital and traditional product range.

The EFI Reggiani portfolio of textile solutions includes a complete, integrated design, color management and pre- and post-treatment solution offering unmatched by any other digital technology supplier in the industry. Plus, users also benefit from one of the industry’s broadest lineups of high-end, superior-quality textile inks. Reggiani is known for keeping the path and speed of innovative solutions to guarantee success. Customers appreciate the speed of innovations, ecological friendly solutions, such as the launch of pigment eco-friendly (less water and energy). The next level will be AI Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0, all based on very great people at Reggiani with great competence. EFI Reggiani has the knowhow and competence.

Reggiani is known for keeping the path and speed of innovative solutions to guarantee success. Customers appreciate the speed of innovations, ecological friendly solutions, such as the launch of pigment eco-friendly (less water and energy). The next level will be AI Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0 all based on very great people at Reggiani with great competence. EFI Reggiani has the knowhow and competence.

We further hire good people in order to allow continued success. The team is working with our customers and this explains the high quality of services and innovation. Mezzera brand offers high pre- and post treatment denim line with very specific technology and process and sustainability in the market, customer, productivity and environment centric, pollution and consciousness are very demanding.”

TextileFuture adds, that the influence of the EFI – we consider it stands for efficiency – is felt and gave the necessary push to remodel and trim Reggiani in a most favourable way. The parent company compliments Reggiani and vice-versa. It is a good example of a win-win situation that is adding up to quick innovation processes and great success in the market.

Ferraro offers trust and experience at the technological forefront

At Ferraro SPA we spoke with the owner and his son and Leo Petruzio.

Established in 1951, FERRARO SPA with almost 70 years of experience is the ideal partner for all those companies looking for excellence and quality in the finishing of knitted and woven fabrics.

The efforts committed in the research for new technologies and the continuous follow up dedicated to our valuable Customers, lead FERRARO SPA to be the first choice in finishing all over the world.

Leo Petruzio confirms and explains: “The firm was founded in 1951 as Giuseppe Ferraro Ufficine Mecchaniche in Busto Arsizio.

The company developed over time into an industrial unit to serve the textile industry, mainly knits and cotton.

The Ferraro plant

Ongoing inventions, production leads to secure a large portfolio of machinery.

Our construction of machines meet the demands by the textile industry. Adhesives and /furnitura was good for innovation of diverse types of machinery for the tentoria (tubular) knits (tintoria, nanofici, capa ed imballagio.

Big technological involvement. Final products and near applications in the 1980’s. Ferrario = finishing= importance. Italy, with middle to small compa and therefore specialisation was necessary in the early 1990’s. Statistic ticks, calander …???

Ferraro stands for innovation

+80-90 collaborators, standardised machines , combatteria tubulare. In the past Ferrario was a reference for combattrice apperto for the global market.

2005-2007 was the period in rubber (eight other machines). The time was marked signs of death of textiles and the tragic downfall of Sanford. On customer’s demand, we furnish today the complete package, cutting, open spinning and semi polare solvents.

In the last three year we developed a washing plant and the separation of textiles and elimination of oil and a high pressure takes away the superfluous colour.

Ferraro’s turnover is around EUR 18 million EUR, including the mechanical parts it amounts to EUR 20 million. The company has around 50 employees.

At ITMA, the majority of exhibitors are manufacturing abroad, more than ever before. Our aim is the  consolidation of the reputed and famous products of the company.

We will show a new washing machine. In the past three years, we have registered six patents representing an evolution. ITMA is a promotion of technology and 4.0 industry (smart factory) and digitisation in distribution in Italy and parts of Europe, as well as PC application in own machines and industrial machines. Simulation of smart factory. We present three state-of-the-art and patented novelties in HALL 2 Booth B207.

ITEMA at the technological and ecological forefront

At Itema we had a discussion session with Christian Straubhaar, Group Sales and Marketing Director and Valentina Brignoli Marketing & Communication Manager. We also visited the manufacturing of the machines and the new layout of the plant, as well as the Lab Itema.

Christian Straubhaar, Itema Group Sales and Marketing Director

We asked Christian Straubhaar to explain the development of Itema since 2012. Here are his statements:

“In 2012 we presented a new range of machine, namely the Rapier G6500 and Sulzer, Somet Vamatex Aero 9500. At the same, we relaunched the Itema brand. The market results were very good, and Aero 9500 at the top, over Rapier Airjet 9500 and Projectile machine. During 2012 – 2017 we double sales, and we proudly note that the machines made customers happy with the quality of the production achieved.  Meanwhile the 9500 is a mature machine, and there are more players in the market. Our market share is pretty good with 35 %.

We also applied diversification and  supplier consolidation during the mentioned period . With some supplier to be integrated in Itema. We pursue also the acquisition of good people.

In Colzate are working 40-50 engineers. Lab Itema is serving our customers but there also new products are developed. There work mechatronics stem from the world over Italy, Switzerland and Germany. These people develop continuous innovations. The decision making processes are short within Itema, and this is very important ingredient for success.

Other assets such as money, time and resources, spare parts are also requisites.

ETOS is a linking of suppliers with direct deliveries to Itema. The suppliers are linked directly to an automated stock. Quickest deliveries within 4 hours are possible, there are 120 references on stock guaranteeing a high availability in parts. There are 3 layers, big stock, agent’s stocks – replacement at customer’s place.

Our machines are equipped with intranet (where the customer has given the right to us), and we monitor the machines, improving to a level of big data, this is a topic, the information allows the customer manifold information on a platform, with accessitivity, that the customer can use, helping the customer and he can implant itself, with links to pre-preparation, also of beam.

Achieved Success

In Vietnam we developed a weaving mill in 21 days from scratch, collected big data with access and customers information.

In Pakistan we launched an Itema campus with four buildings and 3 machines, exactly the same set-up at in Colzate, duplicating student training centre and tests for customers. We have Itema Campus now in Italy, USA, India and Pakistan and China.

We made investments in production, also in Zuchwil, Switzerland (for individual machines). We have launched R 9500 second generation. For denim customers, we offer also an improvement package entailing three aspects, biggest looser ever is the cost of ownership,

Itema Lab solved the questions what  can be integrated into the machine to lower of cotton, and to find a way to eliminate waste (projectile machine), left side 6 cm=600 times x 6cm in 24 h means, one year 2 tonnes of cotton saved. Another critical aspect is filament close and exit: Result one tonne of cotton 2000 EUR per machine = 3 % of fabrics’ cost. New technologies produce improvements as against maturity of technology.

Sustainability aspects, this was a great success with the second generation of machinery: Energy -15 %; stop mark.

Great Sulzer time with AirJets, now again we will show machines of the state- of-the-art at ITMA.

India – one single area, with over 1000 machines in 14590 RPM, showing high speed and excellent result.

Air Control, we gained 20 % of air DWT, Getzner was decided on individual drive, and independent of Sträubli’s Jacquard unit /repeat order, it was also a great success.

Our major markets are the world, among Italy, USA, Latin America.

In the rapier arena there a two players, we will show in Barcelona innovations in airJet area, the heavy competition is creating a healthy space.

Our “Vespa” is the Terry Rapier. In the sector home furnishing it is the most versatile (up to 16 colours).

The production area entails now 24000 m2, efficiently organised and resulting into a great advantage: saving space and increasing productivity.”

These are the highlights for the timeframe and before ITMA Barcelona. For more information on Itema at ITMA 2019, please revert to TextileFuture’s ITMA Preview (Part 3)

LOPTEX is all for the detection and removal of contamination

At Loptex we met with Renato Gerletti, there are three partners managing the company: commercial, administrative and R&D. We counted 15 persons as personnel. Textile Future was getting a very good picture on the development of Loptex, as well as of its products.

Here are the highlights of the statements:

The company’s specialities are spinning and sanitary hygiene but in scale of fabrics with substance, projects engineering and sales globally. Agents in large countries. The firm  specialises in the separation of continuous natural and synthetic fibre. We make projects, and subcontractors deliver the parts that they produce for us. We assembly and cover the sales. We draft the projects, then develop it. Afterwards it will be produced by third parties according to our plans. We do not want to produce ourselves, but we assure that our customers only receive the best product.

Loptex – The most comprehensive and accurate system for detection and removal of contamination

The combines of the Ultraviolet, Acoustic and Optic technologies for the detection and removal of contamination in a free fibres stream during the preparation process that is our field.

The Loptex portfolio

In 1994 the company was founded. Before Loepfe granted sales activities and assistance and had its own small production. Loepfe was standing for quality and the fibre business . The company has known us. We decided to continue alone with a new generation of machines.

“Titolare” Otto Spinner (ex Loepfe), he founded Loptex in 1994 and stayed with the company.

In 2008 was the great crisis and Otto Spinner sold Loptex. We three managers were buying the company and paid the price back over the years.

Since 10 years, we note changing activities. The major markets in spinning are in Asia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, China and Turkey, etc., The spinning sector has still a major share of our business.

Loptex offers 2 solutions for the detection and elimination of contaminants in preparation process: The Sorter Base Centra for standard applications for all types of blow room lines. The Sorter Easy Link Centra for compact blow room lines where the space may be limited. Both systems equally output max 1.200 kg/h.

Actually, we try the Russian market and try to put our foot down in India in this segment.

The second part of activities are technical textiles and our most important market in this field is Israel. We have one customer, living in the USA who is a sort of reference for the business in Israel.

Loptex offers 2 solutions for the detection and elimination of contaminants in preparation process: The Sorter Base Optosonar Centra Nonwovens for standard applications for all types of blow room lines. The Easy Link Centra Nonwoven for compact blow room lines where the space may be limited. Both systems equally output 1200 kg/h and more, upon request. It may be necessary the use of a Condenser/Buffer in case of feeding of high production carding machinery. A Condenser/Tower Reserve is necessary in case of high production monitoring.

At the bale opening process all impurities are eliminated in the fibre stream. Carding offers two optional sensors, where impurities are filtered out in a pneumatic level and are sucted away in the air duct, without interrupting the production flow.

The spinning is now a mature market, therefore we entered in the 1990’s into the segment Nonwoven. As reference we can offer, that Sandler opted for our machines, then followed other big firms such as Spantec, Fites, Freudenberg, Suominen (SF), Ecowipes (Poland) Jacob Ole, Bee Global (NL) and Dalin (China), Dalin operates two of our machines since 1995, and is considering new machines. 

In the U.S. Procter & Gamble is an excellent reference, and assists us also to interest other prospects. These companies fear shitstorms in the net and the social media. Therefore they invest in sustainable machinery for their products.

The company has a turnover of EUR 4.5 million annually.

We are also interested in other segments of nonwovens, spunlace and engine insulation (Freudenberg), other automotive activities, construction of staple manmade fibre. In spinning we look for other applications besides of cotton.

When it becomes possible, we enter niches to offer specialities. We are the Ferrari of Italy.

AI capabilities will be shown at ITMA Barcelona (Hall 7 Booth D205) together with Institutes and images showing contamination on the surface and in colour.  This expanded offering was a demand by Spantec and Procter & Gamble.

Acimit is the official representative of our sector, and classification is very important, particularly in the nonwoven sector. The zero culture is leading to a digitisation of the customers.

ITMA has always been a great success to us, and we will present our novelties in the area of spinning and nonwoven, also bigger and compact machines. We will show further the developments in vies to Industry 4.0 such as tele-camera and LED and other new technologies.

We are also reorganising ourselves in view to the importance of the Chinese market. We plan to be closer to our customers. We do not only want to serve them from Italy.

Marzoli far advanced in digitisation and application of AI Artificial Intelligence

Marzoli is a leading supplier of textile machinery and components for short-staple fibre processing. The company is located in Palazzolo S/O (Italy) where it has been developing and manufacturing its machinery since 1851. Today, Marzoli forms part of the Camozzi group, a consolidated and successful reality that comprises 13 brands, operating in 75 countries worldwide with branch offices, exclusive distributors and service centres. The corporate culture of the Camozzi Group, fostering continuous innovation, has further strengthened Marzoli’s capabilities and drive towards leading-edge technology for the textile industry.

Marzoli today embodies the perfect fusion between mature expertise and the most advanced technologies. The historical competence on the entire fibre preparation and spinning processes have led Marzoli to be the only European supplier of the full line of machines for opening, preparation and spinning of natural, man-made, technical fibres and their blends. Moreover, the impressive growth of the nonwoven sector has fostered Marzoli to approach this industry with excellent solutions for fibre processing and web formation.

Thanks to its global presence and its extensive experience with any type of fibre, process and project, Marzoli constitutes a reliable partner for any customer and for any entrepreneur willing to enter the spinning sector. Furthermore, Marzoli assists the client from plant design to its maintenance, thereby extending the advantages of relying on a leading-technology supplier to the entire life-cycle of the project.

Marzoli is a supplier of state-of-the-art solutions for the global woven and nonwoven sectors and is the ideal choice for any prospect willing to differentiate along the lines of quality, productivity, efficiency and flexibility.

The value of being a Smart Company

The history of Marzoli is the history of the Italian textile machinery industry itself. Born and grown in one of the most important European textile districts, in its 160 years of activity Marzoli has always worked in synergy with the most important fabric manufacturers, maturing unique competences for the implementation of innovative solutions exported worldwide, as benchmarks for efficiency, flexibility and quality. From this approach derives the unique value that Marzoli has always given through the search of the best productive solution according to the client’s needs. The complete and, in some cases, unique competences on the processes of fibre preparation and spinning have led Marzoli to be the only European manufacturer capable of offering the complete line for opening, preparation and spinning of natural, synthetic, technical fibres and related blends. Moreover, Marzoli can offer solutions for the nonwoven industry for fibre processing and web formation.

The perfect synergy with the Camozzi group for continuous innovation

The synergies with the Camozzi Group have enabled Marzoli to draw on an extensive heritage of technical, methodological and R&D competences, that stem from the different production realities of the Group: from brass forging to the production of iron castings, from plastic moulding to aluminium casting, from metal processing to precision mechanics and automation systems. With one single machine or with a complete spinning line, the result is that Marzoli assures to the client is always the same: the perfect match with the agreed technical features, with qualitative and managerial performances in line with the Group standards, as required by the common philosophy and ethic values.

The TextileFuture’s visit at Marzoli and the Camozzi group was an impressive highlight of the Italian fact finding tour: Marzoli is by far the most advanced textile machinery company in Italy far advanced in Industry 4.0 and making use of the digitalisation knowhow within the group and transferring it to its machinery for the benefit of its customers.

TextileFuture had the opportunity to talk in details and particularly on digitalisation with Engineer Cristian Locatelli, General Manager of Marzoli and President of the Camozzi Digital Division.

The Camozzi Group

The Camozzi Group

The group’s innovations are built on a solid foundation of expertise and knowledge.

Modern manufacturing is defined by much more than the mechatronics that make up the machinery. It is also about connectivity and taking advantage of advanced software – concepts that define the fourth industrial revolution.

The disruptive technologies behind this revolution include:

•             Internet Of Things

•             Advanced Analytics and Artficial Intelligence

•             Augmented / Virtual Reality

•             Advanced Robotics

•             3D Printing

These technologies will change the interface between man and machine, will drive the physical transformation of factories and will lead us to an entire new enterprise structure.

The transformation has already begun and there are huge opportunities for those who can anticipate and guide the future. Camozzi has set out its stall as a driver of this revolution.

The Competences of the Camozzi Group

Camozzi and Research 

Camozzi is further demonstrating its intention to remain at the forefront of manufacturing through its R&D partnerships – a cooperative network that enhances our in-house capabilities and ideally positions us to reap the benefits of emerging technologies.

In 2017 Camozzi and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) set up the Joint Lab in Genoa to focus on new materials and advanced robotics – both key elements of the revolution in manufacturing. In addition Camozzi is an industrial partner in the IcyPhy programme at the Faculty of Computer Science at Berkeley, California, which is conducting cutting-edge research on architectures for cyber-physical systems.

Within Camozzi itself, 2017 saw the inauguration of the Mechatronics Application and Research Center (MARC), not only giving Camozzi the facilities to develop the solution that will address the needs of a changing world but also bearing testament to the evolving relationship between the company and its customers.

Camozzi Digital – The future of manufacturing – Industry 4.0

Camozzi Digital, a new Camozzi Group company, was created with the intention to support companies that want to grow and be successful by exploiting digital innovation and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The evolution of the industrial world led to the development of a global network capable of incorporating and connecting machinery, warehousing and logistic systems, and equipment and buildings all in the form of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). “Intelligent” systems capable of exchanging information, generating the actions necessary to control everything in a completely independent and automatic manner.

Through the technologies offered by Camozzi Digital, Smart Factories will be able to fully exploit the benefits of the digital management of production, focusing exclusively on the product, separate from the operative issues related to equipment management.

The Smart Factory that serves Smart Factories

Being a Smart Factory means exploiting new technologies in the context of all processes to establish platforms and equipment.

Camozzi Digital offers Advanced Analytic instruments, through which the performance of processes is monitored, predictive analytics are carried out, and the functioning conditions of machinery are continuously correlated with energy consumption and the state of components.

Thanks to the development of two innovative software platforms for the digital and real-time management of production and maintenance tasks, combined with the skills of a team of technicians specialized in Remote Technologies, Camozzi Digital guarantees a continuous support by means of supervision and analytic monitoring of the essential process parameters.

TextileFuture is convinced that this information has to be made evident to the readers at the beginning of the description of what we have experienced during our full day visit of the group, to understand and share our excitement, of what the group is able to offer to its customers, day per day, and even much more is in the pipeline for the future!

Cristian Locatelli explains the origin of Marzoli: Founded in 1851, and now there are 12 companies within the Camozzi group.  Marzoli has production facilities in Russia, China and the USA. There are 13 subsidiaries and workshops. Marzoli machinery is exported to 17 countries and the turnover amounts to EUR 397 million, thereof 85 % is exported. It employs 2600 persons and 17 % of turnover is invested into R&D. Marzoli is still the largest division within the Camozzi Group.

Locatelli underlines also the synergies of Marzoli’s belonging to the Camozzi Group: For instance pneumatics, valves and cylinders are produced from within the group, and at top notch quality. The group delivers components, has its own foundry and software development. That is the strength of the company. Each of the group divisions is unique, but with a reference to produce for automation in all processes. The group combines well technologies for all sectors. Technicians and technologies derive from 25 countries. There is a great flexibility, and specific solutions are achieved. Technicians and technologic competence are the superior assets, combines with very outstanding quality of the machinery, service and technical competence. These allow also remote assistance, if the customer gives the necessary authorisation. Customers know who we are and what we are offering, among other things it is reliability, service and quality combined with utmost efficiency.”

The most important markets for Marzoli are Europe, Portugal and USA.

AI is provided by the Digital Division, for instance laser applications: Locatelli: “We know for what they are applied, we know about the technology and are free to make use of it, because the knowhow is within the group. We are customer and supplier in the same group. We also apply SAP and advanced software for Smart factories, this is our DNA. In 2012 it was the big project and 2015 the software platforms were a reality. We do want also to increase the capabilities in Industry 4.0.”

“Marzoli has the expertise in the short staple fibre segments. Locatelli: For the digitalisation and AI we added 200 persons and we have customers in 70 countries. Marzoli produces in Italy, India and USA. We form part of a large network with knowhow in nonwoven, apparel, home textiles, and MRM, the control of the machine.”

Locatelli explains: “Smart Factory is for many only a marketing tool since 2015. Smart spinning means that a spinning mill is using AI in the mill. Marzoli is not only offering the machine, but true Smart Plants plus devices and software to upgrade the mill as a standard and from one hand. To transform a Mill into a Smart Mill means also new products, software, platforms and applications that come along with the upgrade.

Thus, it is important to present continuous innovation capabilities. I mean structured innovations, covering all sectors and applications with a marked accent on the software platform, that is the basic thought of our “family”. We are assisting our customers during the entire project, also after the sale, and not only the production process, we offer design, transport logistics, and production machine.

Our mission is the collaboration with the customer and assisted efficiency at the plant. We offer machinery and assistance A to Z, from the study of the plant and the fibre production, the installation of the machinery and the maintenance of the mill. We have the competence over the machines installed plus the entire palette of services, including opening, carding, machines and all fibre types for woven and nonwoven applications, and in outstanding quality. Of importance are integrated sections of the spinning line.  We offer also Yarnet, an accountable Production Management Information System Platform. Since many components are multitasked, the customer needs less stock of spare parts. All of these aspects represent a competitive advantage for Marzoli.”

All the reasons that make Marzoli the perfect partner

To offer solutions by drawing on a superior technical and technological knowhow: this is Marzoli’s mission. To be a solution provider does not only mean to have the necessary design capacities: it also means to assist the client from A to Z, either he has a specific need inside an existing plant or he wants to install a new spinning mill. Therefore, to be a solution provider means to assist the client throughout the whole relationship, from the preliminary study to the plant installation, from the start-up to the optimisation and maintenance of the production line. A key role in the management and maintenance of the plant is played by the innovative electronic solutions and by the production management system that Marzoli has developed in order for its clients to achieve the highest return on investment through the smart management of the production process.

The Foundry

The Foundry was founded in 1945 by the father of Ing. Gian Paolo Mora (Foundery Mora Gavardo spa), immediately after the end of the second World War, as many other companies were started in Italy.  Aluminium parts were made at a different place. The company was registered at the stock exchange. The foundry is famous for bronze alloys, graphite and carbon koks. The first labourers were hired. In Bottinano the cutting of marmor blocs was done. Aluminium, Bronze 15 and 50-60. In 1959/60 the company moved to another region and produced Bronze, Aluminium alloys, and on the base of Diesel.

1973 Ing Gian Paolo Mora took over the management. He has six brothers and sisters. He wanted to become a medical doctor, but then he entered a military career and in the military he also met his wife.  The enterprise was a private foundry in Italy. There were two engineers on night duty. Naturally there was a new beginning after Mora took over.

In 2012 the Camozzi Group acquired the foundry.  The foundry is small but specialised in smelting, sandblasted and polishing, palettine. We treat such pieces. Since 2018 also Aluminium up to 300 kg customized frames, specially treated parts complement the treated pieces, all of highest quality standards. And, China is not able to compete with us up to now. We have a customer in Lucca for pilastre 2.5×1.8 m for a paper mill.

We treat also arms to carry voluminous paper rolls, and Marzoli is also one of our customers, as well as automotives.

The integration into the Camozzi group is very important. In March 2017, the group implanted five electro ovens. Energy prices in Italy are very high. There are 99 nuclear plants in Italy.”


Automation components with Marzoli became very important. Each piece is shared with colleagues of other group members. It is important for the company and as well as for the customers.

Marzoli is different – The textile engineering Groups Vision

Christian Locatelli clarifies: “Along with the new strategy of dual products, we created a digital department in conjunction with the University of Genova INIT) and hired young engineer brains, a new generation. That is important for our shareholder. Marzoli offers new skills and guys.

At ITMA (Hall 6 Booth A 201) we show a new approach to customers in the spinning area. Customers face a complicated situation in view to overcapacity and real time. We are convinced, that partnership and capacity will form the new business model, giving machines flexibility, knowhow, competence to the to be global and mainstream.

Camozzi Digital has these capabilities, also the foundry and we started at Marzoli to prove the results of AI Artificial Intelligent, analysis doffing and patents, new solutions of application, robots and application in Italy. There are some trouble with owners, but a common message of the Group. We have around 8500 employees. We want to succeed in creating our own robots and our automation for advanced spinning  mills (managers, maintenance and our AI) that is the new Spinning Management.

2015 we launched at ITMA unique machinery in combination with cloud computing and algorithm

Camozzi Group and Mr. Camozzi itself have the experience of Marzoli. In 2015 Mr. Camozzi decided to use Marzoli as model for the entire group. A EUR 4 Mio investment was made to found Camozzi Digital and Institute for Technology. Marzoli definitely benefits from this development.

Algorithms is a specificality of Digtal Camozzi, the modelling of Algorithms, and matching the model to reality is the challenge. We want cooperative robots to change complexity into value. Some examples: orderly pattern and temperature sensors, as well storage in the cloud.

The machine tools company puts cross correlation and cost relations before anomalies in the spinning working conditions. Modelling AI with focus on RPM, working times, motor and power systems, connecting in variables all the decision teasers – all together will give one result, rendering forces, regressions and necessitating the prediction of models. Historic Data vs. reality, correlation of radicals are decisive for such a model.

This allows time reduction, when we know the process, and then the right decisions can be taken.

Special sensors are based on mathematics, and on virtual sensors measuring the power consumption of machines. Different estimates model offer a start, afterwards these have to be refined.An Iron casting machine works 100 RPM in the model.

The initial mission is to keep it simple and competent, in a physical mode and with statistical models and machine learning.  The development takes four to five years, because there are all the time new fibre materials involved!

To attract the right people we work with the Institute in Genova, these in turn works with Confide. Como has another kind of accompanying digital knowledge and new material development.

The main markets for Marzoli are actually Turkey and the USA.

We look with a positive “Angst” into the future, remaining to get the most out of technology. We treat sensitive data, and we have to observe strict standards and rules.”

Dell’Orco Villani is prepared for the Circle Economy

Sergio Dell’Orco tells TextileFuture the history of the Company, his daughter Eng. Sara Dell’Orco also joined our discussion session

The company was founded in 1964 by Sergio’s father Giovanni Dell’Orco and Silvano Villani in Prato. Giovanni and Silvano, friends and colleagues were working before  in the textile machinery manufacturing company Francesco Becherini, Giovanni as the chief foreman and Silvano as a chief mechanical fitter.

Thanks to their position of responsability inside the Becherini company they knew the limits of  machineries of that time and took user’s advice and complaints to hearth.

1964 was the turning point: Giovanni and Silvano started their own company in a little garage on the outskirts of Prato. In that small room they started dealing with maintenance and restoration of looms and other textile machineries, and finally the following year they were able to begin to build a new tearing machine as they had imagined in the past.

The machine was sold and installed in a small textile company in Prato and it turned out to be a success.

Within few years the sales began to spread abroad. The recycling of fibres and textile waste was not only a growing market, but it would have also become a leading branch and a herald of excellent results.

In 1988 Dell’Orco & Villani started to build special machines for the production of nonwoven products for automotive industries, a branch where the company still plays a leading role. In this decade the designer team of the company, treasuring the automotive experience, implemented its research, favoring technical and structural improvements and extending their range of machines for the blending and intimate mixing of the fibres.

In 2005 a new family of special machines was launched. These machines were finally able to recycle difficult materials (kevlar waste, spunlace and carbon fiber) with a so high opening quality that it was possible to reintroduce these regenerated fibres directly into the production process.

The Technical Centre

We are able to make trials on every kind of fibre in our laboratory to satisfy specific customer requests.
Our experience in the industry and our knowhow will be the base to develop with you new ideas, products and to expand your business

The company’s offering

In our lab (Tech Centre) it is possible to run tests and produce samples with any kind of natural, vegetable or synthetic fibre. This allows our customers, to personally verify the high level of quality our machinery can achieve and perform.

The Tech Centre

We offer the customer the possibility to test the opening of their textile material and their fibers, including the reopening of the selvages/edge trims of spunlace, needlepunched and thermal bonded non-wovens with weights ranging from 20 to 2000 g/m².

Mechanical treatment is a specialty of the company

We also have available a complete line with an “Air-lay” pad forming head for the production of panels with thicknesses varying between 3 and 200 mm, densities ranging from 100 to 4500 g/m² and production up to 1000 kg/h.

Our skilled technical staff will be glad to answer your specific needs regarding the characteristics of the final product with dedicated solutions, adjustments, technical advice and technical suggestions.

Our experience developed on the field installing, testing and starting-up plants in our customer’s factories will help you to figure out the best solution for your product needs.

We encourage you to visit us in our factory and to contact us, as well as to send your material for testing.

Reputed customers

Dell’Orco & Villani exports 85 – 90 % in Europe, USA, Australia, China, Japan, South Africa. Turnover amounts to EUR 7 – 8 million.

Orders started to pick up from November-December2017 and continue to do so, because of the growing interest of Recycling and Reuse (Circular Economy). Therefore the owners of the company are confident of a bright future with expanding applications for their special machinery.

Because the customer’s motto is: “Offer a second life to textile waste materials through cutting-edge design machines. The technology that our systems encompass is generated day after day by tradition, experience, creativity and heart. These are the elements that characterize us and make our company a leader in the design and construction of machines for the recycling of textile waste.”


Sergio Dell’Orco is in the second row and second from left

The Company has 30 employees, thereof 10 are engineers and 20 labourers.

The palette of machines can be viewed here

The plants and a video on a rag tearing plant can be viewed here

Santex Rimar Group offers with new ownership the products of today and tomorrow

Santex Rimar Group offers machinery for weaving, textile finishing, Technical Textiles, Green Tech for water treatment and drying processes.

Santex stands for quality, reliability and excellent automation. It offers innovative solutions at a high level of R&D, it invests 4 % of the annual turnover in R&D projects.

The new headquarters of Santex Rimar Group in Trissino (Vicenza)

It is also funding start-ups, invests in partnerships with universities and players of the chemical and electronic market in the areas of coating, laminating, impregnation, prepreg and nowovens.

The Group is a machine manufacturer and a technology partner for knitted, woven and nonwoven fabrics and green solutions.

SANTEX RIMAR GROUP has reached the perfect balance of deep knowledge, design and high quality throughout the production process to build a strong, long lasting and mutually beneficial relationship with the customers.

Simone Rancan, the CEO of Santex Rimar Group

The history of SANTEX RIMAR GROUP is based on tradition and innovation.

  • On research and visions.
  • On passion and hard work.
  • On products that changed the world.
  • On men and women who every day prepare for the future for more than 100 years.

The group consists of the following brands


Cavitec produces machines for coating, laminating, impregnation, prepreg and nonwoven

Cavitec is the world leader in prepreg system for composite products for the aerospace, automotive, wind-power industries and for the resin impregnation of carbon, kevlar or glass fibre. All leading prepreg manufacturers work with Cavitec lines and each plant is tailor-made to specific customer requirements.

Caratsch AG, founded in 1962, and Villars ag, founded in 1983, merged in 1996 as Cavitec, the premier supplier of machines and plants for coating, laminating, impregnating and nonwoven.

The demands placed on technical and industrial textiles are steadily increasing. Functionality, comfort and environmental friendliness are parameters that require innovative processing methods. In the area of hot melt coating and laminating the CAVITEC products satisfy a wide range of requirements.

CAVITEC combines the hotmelt coating machine with laminating calendar, low tension drive and web guiding systems, unwinders for substrate and laminate, winder for product, accumulators, etc to a complete lamination plant according to your requirements. Auxiliary equipment for heating, cooling, melting (extruder, drum or block melter…) complete the scope of supply.

Combinations of PU-foam with fabric for the automotive or upholstery industries or combinations of breathable membranes with nonwoven for interlining of functional and outdoor clothing are typical applications.


Isotex stands for coating, embossing and printing machines.

Isotex machines in Trissone

With more than fifty years of experience Isotex offers its global customers not only a wide range of products but also innovative and customized solutions.

Isotex was founded in Italy in 1957 as a manufacturer of textile machines while the continuous development of advanced coating and laminating system based on wet coat technology for synthetic leather, airbags and other technical applications, has earned Isotex a worldwide reputation.


Santex manufactures machines for the finishing of knitted fabrics

Santex is at the forefront of technology for textile finishing of knitted fabrics such as cotton, blended cotton and viscose. The goal of Santex is maximizing performances at low energy to achieve low residual shrinkage, soft-hand feel and luster on surfaces of textiles.

Many of the most world famous fashion houses are relying on the knowhow of Santex, which was founded in Switzerland in 1982.

The Santex finishing machines are renowned for their low energy consumption, high production speeds and reproducibility. Santex offers specialized machines for open width fabric surface treatment as well as various energy saving options, which benefit the customer through a sustainable production and lower CO2 values.


SMIT produces weaving machines since 1938

The SMIT weaving machine GS 980 F

SMIT is one of the world’s leading manufacturer of weaving machines established in 1938 and renowned for the high standard levels of innovation, productivity and versatility, ensuring competitiveness among a large variety of applications, from garments fabrics to home textiles, terry cloths and technical fabrics.

An intervention on the loom during quality end control in Trissino


SOLWA stands for green innovative technologies for water treatment and drying processes.

Solwa technology is the hearth of our green innovative solutions in different fields of water treatment for human and agricultural needs and dehydration processes of food and waste using only renewable technologies.

Solwa boosts sustainability and social responsibility, promoting a business always based on environmental protection and prosperity of future generations.


Sperotto Rimar is known for being a leading innovator and manufacturer of textile finishing machines.

Founded in Italy in 1949, Sperotto Rimar is specialised in machinery for the finishing of fabrics, both natural and artificial. Sperotto Rimar is at the heart of the most demanding market for high-quality textiles with the goal of developing innovative finishing processes for knitted and woven fabrics.

At the occasion of TextileFuture’s visit, we talked to Federico Businaro, Head of Global Service. He underlined from the very beginning, that the group is focusing on customers, “they are in the centre of our activities”.

Businaro explains: “In the weaving area, the machines derive around 90 % from Italy, and the reminder from Switzerland. In finishing predominantly also from Italy, as well as from an own plant in Portugal. In order to shorten delivery times, there will be also a production plant in China. The team is well trained to deliver perfect products and services. Federico Businaro adds: There is a lot of competition around, alone in China there are 80 textile machinery brands, not to speak about European competitors.

Santex Group is in many cases networking with the customer and is collecting data for the customer’s needs.

Important markets for the group are India, Bangladesh, Turkey (but not 2019 so far) and Pakistan. Businaro specifies: “We are exploring Uzbekistan in the areas of weaving and finishing, because of large Investments in spinning. In South America it is actually rather calm, whereas in the USA there are new investments on the horizon, foremost in Technical Textiles (carbon prepeg fibres). The U.S. A. are a good market for us”.

“The ITMA in Barcelona is a great affair for us. We have booked 750 m2 of surface for weaving and finishing. It means also a very high investment. We will showcase novelties: in weaving a new machine with new features.” AI (Artificial Intelligence) is the new trend and very useful for customers, because it is user friendly and makes the life of customers easier.”

“In finishing are dominating the themes environment, pollution, more dyeing and sustainability, where we try to prevent headaches for the customers. We will present new equipment in traditional finishing. We are just performing the last tests, then we will publish the full list of the evolution of machines presented at ITMA (Hall 2 Booth C106).”

Savio Textile Machinery’s offering of today benefits also from the knowhow of Savio Group

At Savio Textile Machinery we had the pleasure to talk to Paolo Puntoni, Group Marketing Director, assisted by Eva Babbo from the Advertising and Communication Department

Peak technology and excellent solutions for textile

The group holds a very high technological know-how, thus aiming to represent excellence both in finishing and in yarn quality control systems. A global partner, which is able to provide state-of-the-art solutions, having already established unique skills through continuous research.  ​​​

The Savio Group entails the following companies:


Since 1911, specialized in the textile machinery sector for the yarn finishing segment. Leading supplier of winding, twisting and rotor spinning machines.


Since 1955, specialized in electronic quality control systems for the textile industry. Leading supplier of optical yarn clearers for winding and Open End machines.


Since 1952, has a leading position in the production of yarn splicing devices thanks to the development and ownership of several patents in the field of air and water joint technology. Mesdan is also active in the field of instruments for textile laboratories.


Since 1974, active in the MES business (Manufacturing Execution Systems) for monitoring and optimizing efficiencies, quality and energy consumption for textile and plastics industrial plants.

Sedo Treepoint

Since 1978, experts of process optimization being leading global provider of integrated automation systems, combining software and hardware for dyeing sector.

Sedo Engineering

Since 2014, it is specialized in technology for denim industry, having developed Smart Indigo™, a ground breaking technique that revolutionizes the Indigo dyeing process.


Since 1986, provides high technology solutions in the professional and industrial electronic sector, being one of the most important companies within the service of value added Electronic Manufacturing (EMS).

Today, Savio Textile Machinery is a leader in the yarn finishing machine sector, operating worldwide in the manufacturing and marketing of automatic winders, continuous shrinkage and bulking winders, two-for-one twisters, and rotor spinning frames with factories in Italy, China and India.

A continuous evolution, that set its roots one century ago, with the talent and skills of Marcello Savio, evolved then through the years by taking as points of reference Research & Development, highest manufacturing flexibility and high quality standards.

This particular focus gave life to a strong propulsion that led the company to create a modern and flexible production system, able to respond quickly to the requests of the textile industry all over the world.

Today as much as yesterday, global dimension, extreme flexibility and productive excellence are Savio’s principal strategic assets, continuously renovating and consolidating its leadership through time.​​​​​​

Savio’s History


Marcello Savio establishes a small workshop specialized in repairing textile machinery, mainly looms.


The first Savio machine is produced: the Assembly winder BS.


In the years of the post war recovery, Luciano Savio takes on the responsibility of the company. He begins developing textile machinery of his own design and launches his products on the market.​


Savio decides to penetrate the spinning sector, by introducing in the market the thread-guided winder USr and some years later CSr, thus starting the competition with the world leading manufacturers.


Savio develops the Automatic Winder RSA.


Savio is acquired by ENI (the Italian Multinational Oil and Gas Company).


At the ITMA in Milan, Savio displays another milestone with the introduction of the RAS 15 C/I, the first link winder appeared on the world market.


The automatic winder ESPERO is presented at ITMA in Paris. It proves to be very successful, thanks to its versatility, reliability, simplicity and operation economy.


Savio is handed over by ENI to a private group of investors and managers. In the hands of a motivated and resourceful management, Savio consolidated its position on the market; the first manufacturing joint ventures in China and India are set up, in order to have a privileged point of entry into what will become the main textile markets of the future.


 Savio is taken over by the Radici Group.


 At ITMA in Paris, the ORION winder is presented. By massively applying electronics, Savio develops the most modern and advanced winder ever seen before: the winding head is fully managed by an electronic CPU board, which controls all functions.


Radici Group creates ITEMA Group, a new industrial holding bringing together the activities of textile machinery: Savio is the leading brand of the Itema Spinning business unit.


 At ITMA in Munich, Savio officially presents the full range of the new POLAR automatic winders.


 Savio acquires the Barco Vision Group – which gathers companies like Loepfe Brothers Ltd (Switzerland), BMSvision (Belgium), Sedo Treepoint (Germany) – and  Eutron Spa (Italy).


Alpha private equity fund acquires from Itema Group the 100% of Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A. and its controlled units.


Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A. becomes the controlling shareholder of the company Mesdan S.p.A.​


 Savio Macchine Tessili S.p.A. becomes the controlling shareholder of the company Saviotechnics s.r.o., former Elitechnics, based in Czech Republic.

When visiting Savio Textile Machinery, we continued our discussion session with Paolo Puntoni. We wanted the clue question to be answered how the textile machinery business has been subjected to changes in the past 20 years and the specific transformation of the Savio Group.

The answers received reflect also the changing history of Savio over the years. One thing remained the same for Savio Textile Machinery: it focused on the same segment, namely winding machines, but developed automation in the process and recently followed the trend of digitisation and Industry 4.0.

Savio as an enterprise grew into a large group (see chronology above).

Paolo Puntoni, Savio Group Marketing Director

Puntoni: Let’s near us to the immediate past. Last ITMA in Milan (2015) Savio presented the EcoPulsarS winding machine that remains Savio’s last offering in terms of sustainability. Now sustainability is an important lever for development in the entire global textile industry, it is therefore attractive for a number of textile companies that are trying to adhere to the new environmental legislation. Today, customers own their facility and want to use it to their needs. The production has to be pollution free and with zero defaults.

The company’s business is divided into the following technologies:

  • Winding
  • Twisting
  • Rotor Spinning

With Savio Winder 4.0 – Intelligently networked

How smart and connected products can transform winding room live monitoring

Savio Winder 4.0 is the solution for intelligent networking of machines in the spinning/winding room. Once composed solely by mechanical and electrical parts, now winding machines have become complex systems that combine hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software and connectivity.

Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “Smart Factory”. Over the Internet of Things, systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time.

Intelligent networking of machines and product flow optimizes processes, saves energy and changes occupational profile.

Many processed in the spinning/winding room are already fully automatic. These processed can be further optimized by machinery and plant, capable of exchanging information not only with each other but also with data management systems.

The system

This system allows customer operator to be promptly informed, when there is a real need to intervene to a Savio Winder machine inside a plant. The Savio Smart Bracelet, a wearable device, carries out the alarm notification. The operator, patrolling a certain number of winding machines, wears a dedicated Smart Bracelet: when an alarm occurs or a certain spindle is not working, the Smart Bracelet vibrates and shows on its display the machine number and the type of intervention needed.

Qualitiy and Environment

Savio considers customer satisfaction and reduction of environmental impact risks, important elements linked to the growth and development of the company. For the textile sector in general, sustainability results in energy saving, in reduction of water consumption (especially for dyeing and finishing processes), but also in reduction of CO2 emissions.

Savio designs its machines having in mind that the reduced energy consumption is an essential value for its customers. Savio also joined the project promoted by Acimit Sustainable Technologies / Green Label, a self-declaration of machinery producers (based on defined parameters) indicating the environmental performance that the machine is able to guarantee as its standard conditions.

The implementation in the company of an environmental management system, included in a quality integrated system based on UNI EN ISO 14001 and 9001 standards, allows Savio to adopt systematic actions, necessary for the continuous optimization of environmental impact in all areas of activity.

Paolo Puntoni: “Savio is the sole textile machinery manufacturer who dominates all stages of processes in the segments it offers, because the knowhow is also deep rooted in the group,” underlines Paolo Puntoni.

He adds: “Savio is a system company of excellence, that serves all markets according to their requirements with high quality products, It provides quality control and material composition and delivers the highest grade of knowhow to its customers, including the best available technology.”

“Savio follows also the fashion development in view of fibres and spinning. You have to follow in order to locate fashion trends in upstream processes. Also, technologies are changing and advancing continuously and are adapted to market needs. Automation and industry 4.0, sustainability and environmental aspects are today the name of the game to win! The customer needs also flexibility to produce his product in highest quality that is demanded by his customers. That is exactly Savio’s path we are following through.”

The actual main markets for Savio are China, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

At upcoming ITMA in Barcelona (Hall 7 Booth A210) Savio will occupy a surface of around 800 m2 (including Loepfe and Mesdan ), thereof 500 m2 are for Savio alone. Savio will show new highly automated, energy saving and Industry 4.0 solutions in all displayed machines, Eco PulsarS and Polar Evolution winders. The latest solution from Savio is the Multi Link, which connects multiple ring spinning frames to one Savio winder, becoming a tailor-made circuit to link two or three RSFs to one winding machine. This integrated automation offers customers new bespoke link solutions to increase direct feeding flexibility to/fro winder.

For more information on Savio’s presentations at ITMA, please refer to TextileFuture’s ITMA Preview (Part 4)

Unitech Industries operate in a sustainable environment for the customer benefit

At Unitech Industries, we discussed with Alessandro Piattelli, assisted by Sonia Vardè.

Alessandro Piattelli talks to TextileFuture on the transformation of the company: Unitech made a EUR 15 Mio investment in the sector of finishing. This was needed to widen the Italian market. An investment was also made in digital printing, representing the initial value chain and the entire company profited of this investment.

Marketing at Unitech means direct to classic knitters (owners, final users, and the exchange with customers was very positive).

The actual performing markets, Piattelli names Pakistan – a customer in a niche market came from Genova to Unitech. Bangladesh is foremost pricewise competitive.

He continues: “Unitech Industries believes in R&D, quality control applied to the manufacturing process and optimization of human and industrial resources.

Society and Energy are bringing production back to its origin: Terry towels in US – Chinese and Pakistan high end Terry clothes local in US. Geotextiles are made with our bigger machines.

Comet and Unitech stand for concepts (quality and capacity): they produce 6 stenters per month.

All investment is family based and the family excercises also the most important management functions. Unitech and Comet have the design in their hands, the mechanic serials for the machinery are distributed amongst sub-suppliers.

The company has also its own powder painting plant and developed the entire electronic steering in-house.

The Product Line:

Vietnam Unitech Turf is very expensive machine,but water saving and technically brilliant.

We have aBrazil reference plant, where a customer is expanding Polyester and Polyamide.

We dispose of another 1000 m2 or Sjhera Bianca in Alba (five different companies – machines – textile machinery and food packing).

2015 we presented new machines and new developments We have a consolidated position and progressive. Expensive machinery steps further into providing technologies with cost essential efficiency, allowing savings and environmentally friendly solutions. Volume is always paired with sustainability.

The dynamic management of the company – always focused on the needs and the recommendations of our customers  – has been rewarded by a steady increase in sales worldwide.

Repeat orders and the acquisition of new customers, confirm and strengthen Unitech presence in the most important markets of the world such as Italy, Europe, North America, Central and Latin America and the Far East.

Our agency network covers the whole world and our commercial department is able to communicate with the customers in seven different languages. In Turkey we have new Agent.

Unitech is also attending the most important international and regional exhibitions in the world. We will be at ITMA Barcelona in Hall 1 Booth B101.

Unitech believes in quality and continuity, therefore our production sites are ONLY in Italy with a group of trusted suppliers who have been working with our company for many years.

Today, Unitech Industries comprises of a group of high-tech companies with a total workforce of over 200 people, with a main operating site of 9000 square metres, plus two manufacturing units dedicated to the production of electric, electronic and mechanical parts.

The conversion of sunlight to electricity occurs without any moving parts or environmental emissions during operation.

In line with the modern and dynamic management of the company, Unitech is generating its own Power through a 270 kW photovoltaic system, a clean sustainable technology, which draws upon the planet’s most plentiful and widely distributed renewable energy source – the sun!

Conclusions of our Italian fact finding tour:

  1. Larger companies operating within a diversified group seem to have even more means to cope with the future challenges. Namely Savio Group, Santex Rimar (newly formed group), Marzoli and Itema have dramatically changed their manufacturing site and do profit as member of a larger and diversified group in view to synergies in technological aspects as well as new products and in view to the financial strength, as well also in R&D. Reggiani has completely overhauled the offered lines in printing thanks to the backing of the American efi as investor and software firm and supplier of Electronics for Imaging is a worldwide provider of products, technology and services leading the transformation of analogue to digital imaging., this has given a remarkable push to the company.
  2. Marzoli is at the forefront of AI and industry 4.0 and beyond within the group and this fact has tremendously advanced also the group, being at the same time supplier and developer for the group.
  3. Itema has also dramatically changed its manufacturing floor. It is making use of the most modern marketing techniques. It is also expanding the application of their offered machines and is spending a high figure on R&D. The new training centres in Colzate and on other continents are already paying off, because young students being trained there, when completing their studies will bet on Itema’s products, no matter if they are self-employed or with a company (this is a revival of a Swiss textile machinery tradition).
  4. All companies do think to enter into a new era that will make use of AI and Industry 4.0, and beyond. They envision also drastic changes in management, administration and background work. They all confirmed, that their interest is to keep the qualified personnel and that it is difficult to hire personnel for newly created and futuristic areas. The cooperation with certain textile universities in Italy seems to be promising and is serving as a reservoir for qualified new positions within the industry. Acclamation was given  to the still existing near clusters in Italy in view to sourcing, for those not having their own production, but these perform the final assembly and quality and functional control, but also for the larger companies, in order to feed their needs. All in all, this is certainly a competitive advantage of Italy as a manufacture.

With this report on the selected Italian Textile Machinery manufacturers we conclude the stories and features around ITMA. Again, we recall the fact that the next editiion of ITMA in 2023 (June 8 – 14) is going to be in Milan, Italy.

Newsletters of last week:

ITMA Preview Part 3 (continued)

ITMA Preview Part 4 (continued)

Here is the Review of last week’s NEWS. For your convenience just click on the feature for fast access.


EURATEX General Assembly 2019 


Bangladesh: Future of RMG Ready Made Garment exports is positive, but with a few challenges


China moves to close gap in Trade Expertise as clash with Trump intensifies 


Chico’s FAS, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

Boux Avenue hires merchandising director from M&S

H.B. Fuller to sell Surfactants, Thickeners and Dispersants

Zara Is still well dressed

Arcadia CVA passes as CEO remains “confident about the future”

lululemon athletica inc. announces First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Result

Neiman Marcus offers more Discounts to stay competitive

Arcadia to lose 170 HQ staff alongside 1000 shop floor jobs 


COBRA International collaborates with Flite on range of new electric foiling composite surfboards

Joint cooperation between Grasim and Rieter

Fabletics debuts collaboration with Dance Sensation Maddie Ziegler


USDA Cotton and Cotton Seeds World Markets and Trade June 2019


Composite Leading Indicator of OECD is continue to anticipate easing growth momentum in most major economies

2018 Shipments of new textile machinery followed various trends says ITMF

GDP growth in G20 area picks up slightly in the first quarter of 2019

Weaker global economy also slows Swiss economy

Data Breaches

U.S. Data breaches cost USD 654 billion in 2018, 2.8 billion consumer records exposed


Home Affairs: The EU Commission proposed to strengthen EU cooperation with the Council of Europe on anti-corruption


The majority of people in non-euro area Member States say Euro is good for the economy


Expanded finished product and contract offerings at 25th edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles

Hexcel at Paris Air Show 2019

Success Stories

Marton Mills installs WeaveMaster by BMSvision


Fulgar has developed a technological upgrade to make its Q-NOVA® eco-yarn

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