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Colombiatex a bench mark trade fair for textile and machinery in South America

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2015-12-11 12:00:00 – US

Colombiatex exhibition a benchmark trade fair in South America for the textile and textile machinery industry coming up in Medellin from 26-28 January 2016 where around 20 Italian textile machinery manufacturers will be present and allow visitors from all over South America to verify and appreciate the excellence of the Italian technology on show.

The common exhibition area created by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers for the promotion and internationalization of Italian businesses abroad.

Among the Italian companies exhibiting at the Punto Italia of ACIMIT- Italian Trade Agency, the ACIMIT members are: A. Piovan, Carù, Cubotex, Fadis, Ferraro, Itema, Mactec, Mcs, Noseda, Otlas, Prochimica, Ratti, Reggiani, Simet, Temat, Textape, Rollmac, and more.

The strong Italian presence at Colombiatex confirms the attention Italy’s textile machinery manufacturers place on the local market, and this trade fair event in particular, ACIMIT reports.

In recent years, Colombia has become one of the main fashion centres on the continent. The sector stands out for its quality creations and innovation, especially in terms of design and materials used, explained Raffaella Carabelli, ACIMIT President. it will represent an important window for Italian technology this year too.

ACIMIT represents an industrial sector that consists of around 300 companies, which employ roughly 12,000 people, and manufacture machinery for an overall worth of about EUR 2.5 billion, of which 84% are exported.

Colombia’s textile industry is among the most significant and experimental in South America. Thanks to the numerous trade agreements signed with different countries, in particular with the EU and the US, locally manufactured products have been able to penetrate important markets.

In order to further develop local excellence and in the meantime react to competition in the domestic market from imported products, the Colombian textile and garments sector must further increase the quality and level of technology employed. For the first half of 2015, Italian exports to Colombia amounted EUR 4 million.

Italian sales in Colombia have recorded progressive growth from 2010, reaching around EUR 12 million in 2014, a 12% increase compared to the previous year.

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