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ACIMIT focus on promoting sustainable innovation for textile industry

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2016-07-05 17:30:00 – UK

At the ACIMIT’s annual meeting, where the latest data relating to Italian textile machinery was presented, sustainable technologies as an added value for the whole of the textile industry became the focus.

Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers said that Innovation is a discriminating element between those who have managed to overcome the long period of recession in production, and those who on the other hand struggled on the sidelines. And in the future, innovation will play an even larger part in making a difference in their sector.

The grounds on which the textile industry is staking its competitive edge is environmental, economic and social sustainability. Under the pressure of increasingly stringent regulatory standards, and urged by the environmental movement and precautionary policies on chemical safety adopted by various major brands, the textile industry must face up to new issues.

These include eliminating hazardous substances from production processes, ensuring water and energy savings, providing supply chain traceability, and recycling materials at the end of their life cycle, the association reports.

Carabelli further said that due to their Sustainable Technologies project, Italy’s textile machinery sector is definitely at the forefront as over 1000 Green Labels have been assigned to an innovative and sustainable machinery. This is a crucial result that promotes the project’s scientific commitment and the efforts displayed by over 40 manufacturers taking part in the initiative, yielding important objective goals.

Thanks to the new sustainable technologies developed by Italian manufacturers, 221,000 less tons of CO2 eq. were emitted into the environment in 2014, the equivalent of reducing CO2 eq. emissions generated by 38,000 cars.

Sustainable innovation is therefore among the primary goals promoted by ACIMIT – a goal that can be achieved only through a strict collaboration with the recipients of innovative research, the textile producers, according to the association.

To help promote awareness on its projects, ACIMIT, in partnership with the Blumine/sustainability-lab, has backed a study aimed at thirty or so textile manufacturers already committed to rendering their own products and processes greener.

The study highlights the important role played by technology in the sustainability programs of the businesses interviewed.

A common underlying thread in the discussions was the importance of proceeding hand in hand on the road to innovation, intensifying partnerships between textile manufacturers and textile machinery manufacturers.

The round table discussion which followed the research study’s presentation included input by Graziano Brenna, CEO at Tintoria Filati Portichetto; Andrea Cavicchi, President of Confindustria Toscana Nord; Alan Garosi, marketing manager at Fulgar; and textile machinery entrepreneurs Flavio Tonello, owner of Tonello.

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