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Made in Italy: Fast Facts and Stats

Textile and apparel production in Italy.

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Textile Factories and Employees in Italy

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9,991: Number of textile factories in Italy, 2011.
Northwest: 3,078
Northeast: 2,120
Central Italy: 3,129
South: 1,261
Islands: 403

36,616: Number of textile employees in Italy, 2011.
Northwest: 12,474
Northeast: 9,084
Central Italy: 11,151
South: 3,095
Islands: 812

Textile Employees
1991: 129,216
2001: 85,683
2011: 36,616

Textile Factories
1991: 32,591
2001: 21,321
2011: 9,991

SOURCE: ARES 2.0

Schools…by the Numbers

Polimoda, Florence
• 1,200 students.
• 60 percent international students.
• 300 students in internships.
• 83 percent of students employed in six months.
• 150 teachers.
• Three campuses.

Politecnico Calzaturiero, Padua
• 2,500 students.
• 150 students: School of Design and Technology for Footwear.
• 80 Students: Postgraduate courses.
• 100 students: Manufacturing training courses for specialized workers.
• 2,170 students: Specialization and refresher courses.
• 85 percent of students employed in the first year.
• 20,000 hours of courses.

Marangoni, Milan
• 2,500 students.
• Four campuses: Milan, Paris, London, Shanghai.
• Students from 92 countries.
• Four major programs: Preparatory, Annual, three-year bachelor’s degree, master’s degree.

SOURCE: SCHOOL WEB SITES

Oldest Textile Factories in Italy

Wool Mill: Based in Biella, which remains the home of Italy’s fine wool textile producers, Vitale Barberis Canonico wove its first cloth, a gray wool, in 1663, and promptly sold it to the Duke of Savoy.

Silk Mill: Before Como was established as Italy’s silk capital, during and after the Renaissance, Florence was teeming with nobility and high society who wore silk. The Antico Setificio Fiorentino was founded in Florence in 1786, and still has a machine designed by Leonardo da Vinci to produce its samples.

SOURCE: COMPANY WEB SITES

Employees in the Fashion Industry in Italy

1970: 1,087,000
1980: 107,300
1990: 919,000
2000: 661,000
2010: 486,000
2012: 358,000

SOURCE: ARES 2.0

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