ACIMIT represents an industrial sector comprising around 300 manufacturers. © ACIMIT
A significant contingent of Italian textile machinery companies will be on hand at the upcoming edition of Techtextil, the most important global event for technical fabrics and nonwovens that takes place from 14-17 May in Frankfurt.
The technical/innovative textiles sector has developed at a very high pace in recent years. In 2010, global production of textiles for technical applications and nonwovens amounted to EUR 37 billion, rising to EUR 60 billion in 2018. In Europe, over 30% of the textiles sector revenues currently derive from the production of textiles designed for technical or innovative uses. Germany is the sector’s primary European producer, at around EUR 6 billion.
“Growth in the industry has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for specialised ad hoc machinery, with the product ranges of Italy’s textile machinery companies broadening to the new needs of customers operating in this specific sector. ACIMIT estimates that over 100 of its associated members are working for the sector,” the trade association reports.
The whole of the world’s textile machinery industry will come together in Frankfurt at Techtextil, the primary event for technical fabrics. Around 30 Italian textile machinery companies are slated to exhibit in Germany.
Of these, 15 will be on hand at the special exhibition area organised by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT. These companies are all ACIMIT associated members and include 4M Plants, Bematic, Bianco, Color Service, Corino, Fadis, Ferraro, Gualchieri e Gualchieri, Loptex, Mesdan, Sicam, Stalam, Textape, Unitech, and Zappa.
“Still, Italy’s machinery companies present in Germany represent just a part, albeit a significant one, of the total number of Italian producers of machinery for the technical textiles and non-woven fabrics sector,” the association comments.
ACIMIT represents an industrial sector comprising around 300 manufacturers, employing close to 12,000 people and producing machinery for an overall value of about EUR 2.5 billion, with exports amounting to more than 85% of total sales.