Textile and textile machinery in Piemonte
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Piemonte boasts an ancient 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. Furthermore, the presence of companies operating in mechanical textile sector allows the production of a wide range of machinery and accessories for each phase of the textile production cycle: machines for the preparation of fibers, spinning, weaving and knitting, dyeing, finishing, etc., to that of the production of yarns and fabrics, up to the creation of finished products.
Facts and numbers about textile sector in Piemonte
- About 4,100 companies among:
- 1,540 textile
- 2,180 apparel products
- 270 leather products
- 140 textile machinery
- About 36,000 employees
- in 2019 exports reached about 3,6 billion €, i.e 7,7% of the total exports of the region.
Sustainability as a choice
The attention and respect Piemonte’s textile companies for the environment and consumers' health is evident in the use of high quality natural fibers that give clothing a longer land cruelty free life cycle. The yarns are dyed and ennobled and the production takes place thanks to the strict certified selection of dyes, to all the process auxiliaries or recycled fibers, to the choice of dyeing systems with low environmental impact, energy saving and CO2 reduction, corporate social responsibility and animal welfare.
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, such as 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 like 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 contract sector (Hospitality - Corporate - Automotive).