Two technical workshops on Italian textile machinery in China

November 25, 2008 - Italy

The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers (ACIMIT) and the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE) will hold two technical workshops on Italian textile machinery for the production of technical textiles and nonwovens in China. The events will occurr in Hangzou (24 February, 2009) and in Wuxi (26 february, 2009).

At the technological meeting about ten Italian manufacturers of machinery for technical textiles and nonwovens will introduce their updated technologies, as well as exchanging views and ideas on technology and holding trade talks with local textile operators.

China is a leading market for the Italian companies involved in the production of textile machinery. In 2007 the Italian sales in Chinese market totalled a value of Euro 360 million, and in the first semester of 2008 the exports reached Euro 173 million. The most requested Italian machinery were the spinning ones (34% of the total export toward China), followed by weaving machines (21%) and knitting machines (20%).

300 Italian companies (with 20,000 employees) that in 2007 produced machinery for a value of about Euro 2,400 million, pay the highest attention to the requests of the textile industry to propose new solutions of innovation, productivity, safety with the utmost satisfaction of their clients.

The quality of the Italian textile technology is testified by the high number of Countries where the Italian machinery are sold: about 130. In 2007 exports represented 78% of total sales. Asia (with a share of 43%) is the main destination for Italian sector exports, followed by Europe (38%), Latin America (9%), North America (5%) and Africa (5%).

The sector of technical and innovative textiles is a reality which is gaining more and more importance in terms of size, thanks to the technological features of its products and to its continuous offer of new and promising market niches.

ACIMIT estimates that about 100 of its member companies are involved in the production of machinery for technical textiles or nonwovens. This sector is observing a steadily growing turnover, accounting for 10% on the total turnover of Italian textile machinery industry.

These workshops in China are part of ACIMIT and Italian Institute for Foreign Trade promotional programme for technical textiles and nonwovens sector, which in 2009 includes also a Meeting Point “Italia” at Techtextil Frankfurt, a workshop in India for automotive textiles, a workshop in the Unites States and other activities focalized on Brazilian market.