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Digital transformation process accelerates in textiles

Jul 26, 2021
Digital transformation process accelerates in textiles

At ACIMIT’s general assembly, it was discussed that the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected the textile machinery sector, and the ways to relaunch the industry were also discussed. The association representing the Italian textile machinery manufacturers took this assembly as an opportunity to bring to notice what the industry has lost in 2020. In the same year, the production of textile machinery in Italy fell by 22% as compared to last year while on the other hand, the exports dropped by 21%. The production in the first and second half of 2020 dropped completely while the second half of the year saw a partial recovery. Not only this, travel restrictions during the pandemic have also negatively affected the performance of the industry. The companies are still not allowed to seize the opportunities created by a recovery of the textile sector.

According to Alessandro Zucchi, President, ACIMIT, the first half of 2021 gives hope that the overall economic condition will improve in terms of both exports and growth in the domestic market in Italy. The resumption of trade fair events is also a positive sign for businesses. He also said that pandemic has also given a chance to the companies to understand the urgency of enacting a digital transformation of their businesses. This is the main reason why ACIMIT has accelerated its Digital Label project to integrate the business of the clients with the operating systems. The project will also allow certifying Italian textile machinery to adopt a common set of data.

He further added that the competitive edge of each company will also depend on the level of digitalization which will further allow an elevation in the production and organizational processes. The aim of ACIMIT is to achieve this digital certification.

The general assembly also declared that Alessandro Zucchi, who is CEO and partner of the company Ferraro, will serve as the president of ACIMIT for two more years. The group also confirmed Federico Businaro as vice president (Santex Rimar Group), Federico Businaro as vice president (Santex Rimar Group), Cristian Locatelli (Marzoli, Camozzi Group), and Andrea Piattelli (Unitech). Ugo Ghilardi is the elected VP for the first time.

At the end of the general assembly, a historic group of associated machinery producers were awarded by ACIMIT who have been a part of the association since its foundation in 1945. These companies include Savio, Zonco, Reggiani, Sant’Andrea, O.C.T.I.R., Crosta, Gaudino, Mezzera (a brand owned by Reggiani), Noseda, and Marzoli. They are there with the association since its inception.

Source – Press release of "ACIMIT"

Image Source: Press release of "ACIMIT"

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