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MACHINERY FOR TECHNICAL TEXTILES: THE BEST ITALIAN-MADE EQUIPMENT ON SHOW IN ATLANTA
Technical and non-woven textiles account for almost 30% of the world market for textiles, and the sector is still growing steadily.
The most important international event for this industry is certainly Techtexil North America, scheduled to take place in the United States from May 13th to 15th. Italy will be well represented, with a carefully selected group of companies engaged in the production of textile machinery.
Techtexil North America is the main North-American fair to specialise in technical and non-woven textiles in all their various fields of application, together with the relative technologies involved in their manufacture. The event is held every two years at the Georgia World Congress in Atlanta.
Every aspect of this sector will be represented at the fair: from research to development and from raw materials to production processes, and even to conversion techniques and recycling.
The Italian companies will be coordinated by the Italian Trade Promotion Agency (ICE), together with the trade association for the industry, Acimit.
They represent a sector which can boast a 12% share of the total market, and which is the second supplier of textile technology to the USA after Germany. According to the latest figures released by the U.S. Department of Commerce, imports of textile machinery during 2013 amounted to about $830 million: a 19% growth in value on the previous year.
ICE will be organising a single area at the event, assigned to both Italian textile producers and manufacturers of the relative technologies.
The textile machinery delegation will occupy over 100 square metres of space, divided between various stands, which will host not only the 13 producers, but also an ICE information point and a shared ICE/Amit service area. This will therefore provide a unique opportunity to explore the very best in Italian technology and innovation, designed for the production of a type of textile which is ever more present on the market and which requires increasingly advanced technologies for its production.
In the United States, an increasing share of textile production is involved with these so-called technical and non-woven textiles. Indeed, thanks to the strong push towards innovation which characterises these sectors, the new emerging textile industry in North America is growing at a very fast pace, with profitable results for the businesses involved.
This is therefore a market that is sure to be attracted by the Italian textile machinery on offer, not just within the traditional sectors, but more particularly within the many niches which constitute the technical and non-woven textile industry. The trade association, Acimit, estimates that at least 100 Italian textile machinery manufacturers are engaged in the construction of machinery for the production of technical and non-woven textiles, and that about 10% of the total turnover for the industry originates from this segment.