Textile and textile machineries in Piemonte
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Piemonte boasts a century-old tradition in the textile sector, offering a complete production chain both for clothing and furnishing: from textile machinery and raw materials up to fabrics and finished products.
Facts and numbers about textile sector in Piemonte
- About 4500 companiesamong:
- 1,700 textile
- 2,300 apparel products
- 300 leather products
- 200 textile machinery
- About 38000 employees
- in 2017 exports reached about 3,5 billion €, i.e 7,2% of the total exports of the region
The region’s wool tradition is concentrated primarily around the District of Biella, one of the most highly qualified centres in the world for the production of wool fabrics and other precious fabrics for clothing (cashmere, alpaca, mohair). Piemonte invests considerable resources in product and process innovation that allow greater efficiency and, above all, the possibility of introducing new cutting-edge products aimed at a broad range of applications: fabrics with protective qualities (fire protection, hospital use, etc.) and for use in construction and leisure (driving garments, yarns that change colour, etc.).
Clothing and fashion
Piemonte’s clothing and fashion sector includes quite a broad variety such us lingerie, fashion accessories, footwear, leather goods and is characterised by the presence of a number of major producers (Gruppo Zegna, Miroglio Vestebene, Loro Piana) and many smaller businesses that have created interesting niche markets.
Piemonte’s home textile production is able to satisfy all requirements of furnishings and interior decoration market: it includes table and bed linen, curtains, carpets, fabrics for cushions and furnishings, passementerie, embroidery, etc.
In recent years the use of state-of-the-art machinery and special flame-retardant yarns such as Trevira, Kanekaron, Kanebolufnen, allowed to diversify production and turn to the sector of Contract (Hospitality - Corporate - Automotive).