Digital transformation of the textile industry post-pandemic was seen as an opportunity at the latest general assembly of ACIMIT – the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers.
The discussion was also centered on re-launching the industry with a number of future projects after facing a setback in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
According to ACIMIT, Italy’s production of textile machinery fell by 22 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019, while exports dropped by around 22 per cent.
Weighing heavily on this situation was a near total stop in production between the first and second quarter of 2020, while the recovery in the second half of the year was only partial.
Travel restrictions have contributed negatively to performance in the industry, and still do not allow companies to seize the opportunities created by a recovery of the textile sector.
Alessandro Zucchi, President, ACIMIT, commented, “In this first half of 2021, however, the overall economic situation appears to be improving both in terms of exports and in our own domestic market in Italy. The resumption of trade fair events in attendance in our sector has provided a positive sign of a progressive return to normal business conditions.”
Endorsing the need for digitalisation, Zucchi further stated that the entrepreneurs in the industry have realised the urgency of enacting a digital transformation of their business.
“This is precisely why ACIMIT has accelerated its Digital Label project for certifying Italian textile machinery that adopt a common set of data, in order to more easily integrate with the operating systems of their client businesses (ERP, MES, CRM, etc.),” informed Zucchi while addressing the gathering at the assembly.
In addition, the general assembly confirmed Alessandro Zucchi, who is CEO and partner of the company Ferraro, as the ACIMIT’s president for two more years.
The other confirmed members are – Federico Businaro as Vice President (Santex Rimar Group), Cristian Locatelli (Marzoli, Camozzi Group) and Andrea Piattelli (Unitech). The latter are joined by Ugo Ghilardi (Itema Group), elected Vice President for the first time.
Last but not the least, ACIMIT awarded a historic group of associated machinery producers in the assembly such as Crosta, Gaudino, Marzoli, Mezzera (a brand owned by Reggiani), Noseda, O.C.T.I.R. (an Autefa Solutions Italy brand), Reggiani, Sant’Andrea, Savio and Zonco. These companies have been a part of the Association since ACIMIT’s founding in 1945, or from its inception (companies that entered the group prior to 1950).