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Filo Puts Focus on Italy’s Expertise

Sustainability, new blends and novelties were key trends at the Milan yarn fair.

MILAN — Preserving the excellence of the Italian textile industry was the main theme discussed during the opening roundtable of the 36th edition of Filo and throughout the yarn fair, which ended a two-day run here at the Palazzo on Oct. 13.

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“The Italian textile industry has a competitive advantage because here the production chain is complete,” said Marilena Bolli, president of Biella Industrial Union. “Despite the crisis and the recession, we are sure that textile companies can reaffirm their leading role focusing on their high-quality standards and handing down their know-how to the new generations.”

According to SMI, the Italian federation of textile and fashion industries, the first quarter of 2011 confirmed the positive trend of 2010, with imports increasing 8.3 percent and exports up 5.4 percent.

“Until June, we registered a significant increase in volumes,” said Massimo Fenu, head of global sales at Brescia, Italy-based yarn firm Monticolor. “But, starting from the summer holidays, we have seen a slowdown even if over the last two weeks we got a little pickup. However, both national and international demand is lower compared to the first semester of the year.”

For summer, Monticolor, which is focused on developing green products using recycled materials, including plastic bottles and remnants of the clothing manufacturing industry, expanded its palette to offer 160 shades plus 24 more fashionable colors.

“This effort will support a new project related to the knitwear business that will be presented at Pitti Filati in January,” said Luca Carraro, head of the research and development department at Monticolor.

Biella-based Botto Poala, which for the first time presented a silk collection specifically designed for weaving, opted for pure white and cold colors, ranging from bold blues to ultralight grays.

Among the others, Botto Poala unveiled Levanto, a sophisticated blend of cashmere, silk and linen; Gold Glitter, where cashmere and silk are mixed to obtain a yarn with a shimmering effect, and Three Play, which is crease resistant thanks to the hard twisted wool.

High quality and fast delivery are the main goals at Iafil, which is constantly working to develop its stock service.

“Guaranteeing quick restocking to clients is vital to dominate the market,” said Iafil’s export sales director Stefano Marchetti. “We are consolidating last year’s good results, in particular we are registering good signals from the U.S., France and Asia.”

Among the novelties for summer 2013, Iafil presented cotton and linen blends enriched with metallic, shiny touches.