Rome, July 4 (Labitalia) – The objective critical problems facing the whole country during 2021, dictated primarily by a pandemic that has disrupted all balance, have not stopped the Italian textile machinery industry. The data presented at the annual meeting of Acimit, the association of Italian manufacturers of machinery for the textile industry, held in the late afternoon of Friday 1 July at Villa Cavenago in Trezzo sull’Adda (MI), were decidedly positive . In 2021, the sector recovered significantly compared to 2020 and reached levels before Covid. In particular, Italian production expressed a value of 2,388 million euros (+ 35% in 2020 and + 5% in 2019), while total exports amounted to 2,031 million euros (+ 37% in 2020 and + 9% in 2019). However, the results do not remove the obstacles that companies still face.
If we look at the near future, the horizons are expected to be uncertain, as emphasized by Alessandro Zucchi, President of Acimit: “2022 – he emphasizes – remains a year full of unknowns. the expected consolidation of growth for companies in the sector.The difficulty of finding raw materials and components adversely affects the complete fulfillment of orders collected as early as 2021. Rising energy costs and an inflationary trend common to many raw materials weaken corporate confidence.All this makes the outlook “for the sector as a whole is negative. In particular, the profit margin will be eroded in the near future”, he adds.
Acimit focuses on two cornerstones to support the country’s textile machinery sector: digitization and sustainability. The digital transformation process has already made many companies in the sector revisit the production process, making it more efficient and cheaper. The digital is evolving at a crucial pace in the supply chain for textile machines, where we talk more and more often about the Internet about things to connect the company’s ecosystem, about machine learning algorithms used for production, about predictable maintenance, about the cloud. for management integrated by the various departments.
It is no coincidence that Acimit has focused decisively on the Digital Ready project, with which the Italian machines using a common data set are certified with the aim of facilitating the integration with the operating systems (Erp, Mes, Crm …) of the customer companies. Combining production efficiency and respect for the environment: a challenging goal that Acimit has set its own, and which it promotes among its partners also through the project for sustainable technologies. Launched as early as 2011 at the association level, the project highlights the commitment of Italian manufacturers of textile machinery to sustainability. The core of the project is Green Label, a green certification dedicated to Italian textile machines, which highlights energy and environmental performance. A heli-Italian seal developed in collaboration with Rina, an international certification body.
The July 1 meeting was an opportunity to take stock of the Sustainable Technologies project. Especially with the presentation of the Rina Consulting study on the development and impact of the green brand in recent years. results confirm the extreme validity of the initiative. The technological implementations that the companies participating in the project have made on their machines translate into benefits in terms of environmental impact (reduction of CO2-equivalent emissions of the machinery), and into economic benefits for the users of the machines.
A unanimous voice emerged from the discussion of the speakers, called to share the experiences of their companies’ ecological transformation processes: The future of the Italian textile machinery can no longer ignore an advanced technology capable of offering sustainable solutions with low environmental impact and, at. at the same time able to reduce production costs. The road is marked and leads straight out to the horizon of the circular economy. Finally, it is impossible not to mention that the most important international exhibition of textile machinery is arriving in Italy. From 8 to 14 June 2023, Fiera-Milano Rho will open its doors for the 19th edition of Itma. It is a fundamental event for the entire global sector. An international showcase for many new operating solutions. A marketplace that is able to offer participants exceptional business opportunities. The participation of Italian companies is managed by Acimit.