Interview with Raffaella Carabelli

Raffaella Carabelli
Raffaella Carabelli

We're already seeing developing countries that are demanding new highly innovative textile products...
Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT (Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) tells about the Italian textile machinery market as she converses with Fibre2Fashion Correspondent Manushi Gandhi. Synopsis: ACIMIT (Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers) is a private non-profit making body and its main purpose consists in promoting the Italian textile machinery sector and in supporting its activity, mainly abroad, through the most updated and innovative promotional means, constantly improved during its more than 60 years of life. Ms. Raffaella Carabelli has been an ACIMIT member of the Board of Directors since 2005 and since 2009 she has been holding the position of Vice President. She is ACIMIT's representative at ITMF and is a member of the Italian delegation at CEMATEX, the Committee of European Textile Machinery Associations. She has studied Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan. Excerpts:

Can you list some ACIMIT’s most recent achievements and major projects?

As usual, ACIMIT is busy promoting Italy’s textile machinery sector throughout the world. Recently, our association has been working on developing the Sustainable Technologies project, which about 40 of our associated members have endorsed. The aim is to certify the commitment of Italy’s textile machinery manufacturers in seeking new solutions that respond to sustainability factors. This commitment translates into eco-efficient technology responses, with significant benefits for users of these machines in terms of reductions in production costs and environment impact.

What are the factors that rank Italy as the world’s fourth producer of textile machinery?

Italian technology has always been recognized for its reliability and versatility. Italian textile machines is tailor-made to the specific requirements of each user. And now, thanks to ACIMIT’s sustainability project, Italian machinery stands out even more for their eco-friendly specifications and efficient production processes.

Name some recent developments in the textile machinery industry and how they’ve helped the manufacturing of textile products?

Textile companies are placing increasing emphasis on cutting production costs, since they have to compete in a global market that is increasingly characterized by factors based on price. Therefore, technology suppliers too must comply with these needs, proposing ever more efficient solutions that reduce consumption of energy, water, other raw materials and chemicals.

How do you foresee the growth of the Italian textile machinery industry in the near future?

Competition is increasingly fierce. In Countries with a strong textile tradition, the local supply of textile machinery has been growing. In this scenario, only the most innovative manufacturers, who are capable of establishing 360° partnerships with their customers, will remain industry leaders. In my view, this is a perfect description of Italy’s textile machinery manufacturers.
Published on: 09/06/2014

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