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'Textile sector needs new skill set for digitalisation'
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Jun '18
The digitalisation of production processes in the textile industry is in need of a whole new set of skills and training solutions for current trend of automation in Industry 4.0, according to a recent report released by the president of ACIMIT, Alessandro Zucchi, at the general meeting of ACIMIT. ACIMIT is the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers.

Alessandro Zucchi reiterated the inevitability of the digitalisation process regarding the entire textile industry. Partnerships between technology suppliers and textile manufacturers have become an essential component in providing solutions to the needs of fast-fashion and increasingly more significant ecommerce retail channels. The declaration of intent launched by the trade association is essentially to strength the current link with educational institutions.

Zucchi said, “We need to consolidate the dialogue with schools making sure that our needs are met in professional terms, created by the new digital context and the ensuing opportunities young people can seize upon in sectors such as textile machinery production, in which Italy plays a pre-eminent role in providing excellence worldwide.”

At the general meeting’s opening remarks, professor Fortis, vice president of the Edison Foundation, illustrated Italy’s global leadership within the textile machinery industry, both in terms of exports and trade balance. The quality and distinction of Italian textile machinery has been reiterated by the latest figures provided by president Zucchi.

In 2017, production rose by 8 per cent, for a value of €2.4 billion, while exports grew by 7 per cent (€2 billion). Production benefitted from a growing demand abroad for Italian machinery, as well as the crucial recovery of Italy’s domestic market, mainly due to the boost generated by the fiscal incentives for the digitalisation process of the companies. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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