The launch of the 19th edition of the Italian Textiles Trade Show was held in the Sala Alessi at Palazzo Marino, in the presence of Cristina Tajani, Milan City Councillor for Work Policies, Research, University, Fashion and Design, Silvio Albini, President of Milano Unica, Fabrizio Servente, Global Strategy Advisor for The Woolmark Company, Luigi Guarducci Entrepreneur, and Salvatore Mercogliano, CEO of Lineapelle. The trade show will run from September 9-11 2014 as usual at Fieramilanocity.
The organizers took the opportunity to present to the national and international press the numerous new projects that will characterise the trade show starting from the next edition. The projects envisaged range from the organisation of the event, the new section dedicated to the garment-dyed supply chain, the Japan Observatory and the synergy with Lineapelle, which has come back to Milan after many years.
“All the new projects follow a leitmotif that echoes the concept of synergy among the various players operating in the area of Made-in-Italy excellence. As President of Milano Unica I have always considered fostering teamwork a priority. The results of this edition provide additional, motivating evidence. Results that benefit from the atmosphere of change on many fronts. In the first place I would like to extend my thanks to the institutions that, under the guiding hand of Milan’s Mayor Pisapia, and with the unflagging attention and participation of Councillor Tajani, are opening a dialogue with and among the different players operating in the fashion industry. This dialogue helps SMEs, which are so important to the Italian economy, compete in the international market”, said Silvio Albini.
“The synergies developed this year by Milano Unica with Lineapelle and Pitti Immagini make it possible to enhance domestically and globally the value of the Italian supply chain, that, with its mix of refined craftsmanship and quality, represents the true competitive advantage of Made-in-Italy production, so extensively appreciated around the world”, confirmed Cristina Tajani, Milan City Councillor for Work Policies, Research, University, Fashion and Design “Our administration has been long committed to promoting co-operation between the public sector and the Italian producers in order to stimulate competitiveness within the fashion industry in the interest of both our city and the entire country.
The new products presented are evidence of the results that can be obtained through joint and concerted efforts. These are positive results that will enable the city of Milan to present itself as Italy’s best window for Made-in-Italy production during Expo 2015.
The general economic scenario, which we need to take into account to contextualise the performance of our companies, also seems to be showing signs of recovery. Exports and imports of Italian textiles in the first quarter of 2014 reversed the negative trend registered in 2013 and are now in line with the broader projections made by the international economic bodies and Confindustria’s Research Centre. Signs of recovery have become visible in Europe, while slowdowns have been registered in the Far East, China and, especially, Japan.