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The opening ceremony of Filo61: circularity takes a step forward

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Important news related to sustainability and circularity in the textile industry come from the 61st edition of Filo, which has opened today at Allianz MiCo Milan. Indeed, during the opening ceremony, Elena Chiorino, councillor for Education and Merit, Employment and Training of Piedmont Region, has announced that the Ministry for Environment and Energy Security approved the Recycling Hub project in Biella district. Councillor Chiorino explains: “We are living in a world claiming for reducing waste, and Biella is ready to make available its unique knowledge related to textile industry and its excellent expertise as far as innovation is concerned. The Recycling Hub project is not just a great employment opportunity for the territory, but it also reflects the idea of a Green economy, which should be pursued: protecting the environment and fostering industrial sector are not in opposition. Quite to the contrary, these two concepts can – and must – become a stimulus for our economy. Thanks to their history and their great skills in research field, the region of Piedmont and the territory of Biella must foster one kind of environmental sustainability which is synonymous with economic and social sustainability. The Recycling Hub is paving the same way.”

The comments by Paolo Monfermoso, responsible for Filo, are positive too: “For long time, Filo has known that textile industry’s future is not possible without the strong commitment towards a kind of production process which is more sustainable in relation to environment and society, as proven by FiloFlow, the Filo’s project dedicated to sustainability. This is the reason why we are particularly pleased that Biella’s Recycling Hub is taking a step forward here, at Filo, since it is based on the collaboration between institutional and industrial players, and it is oriented to effective solutions for real and urgent challenges faced by the companies working in this field, in line with the approach pursued by Filo in all its activities.”

The inauguration ceremony of the 61st edition of Filo has also featured the round table entitled “Circular economy in textile, apparel and fashion industry: the thread of circularity”, moderated by Giusy Bettoni, CEO and founder of CLASS.

During the debate, Sergio Tamborini, President of SMI Sistema Moda Italia, has described the commitment of the Association in rethinking the industry of fashion to make it increasingly circular, explaining both vision and operational aspects of Retex.Green Consortium, also considering the most recent European and national law: “Sustainability is a paramount issue and it is related to the growing size of global consumption in textile and apparel industry, which is the first world economy in terms of workers and turnover. Building an alternative supply chain -based on recycling – is the only way forward, and the Italian consortia are waiting to be operative, provided that EPR regulations enable them to be operative. SMI has immediately started working on pre-consumer textiles with Retex.Green, the consortium of manufacturers, which is one of the first groups that started operating in Italy and chose not to have any own facility dedicated to recycling, to be totally transparent. Experiences such as the Biella Recycling Hub can represent an important support to the Consortia, waiting to become fully operational once the EU regulations have been adopted by the Italian legislator.”

Paolo Barberis Canonico, Vice President of the Unione Industriale Biellese, interpreted the point of view of the companies, by highlighting the opportunities for Recycling Hub’s development: “Our goal is creating a hub for transformation, research, collection and re-use of textile materials to create a real advantage for textile industry, in relation to both the environment and the efficiency, by using less resources and waste. To do that, we have found strategic partners in A2A and, in a broader sense, in the Biella’s district as a whole, because it represents the perfect place where to cooperate in terms of innovation for the circularity of textile industry along the supply chain, including machinery manufacturers.”.

Marco Farina, responsible for Project Assessment and Development for A2A Ambiente, said: “We have chosen to be a partner in the Recycling Hub project to make our consolidated experience in the circular economy available to the Biella area and contribute to the creation of a new recycling supply chain in the textile sector. Currently, waiting for more clarity regarding the law which regulates this topic, as A2A we are identifying the best technology available for selecting materials to recycle, with the aim of testing a pilot plant over the next 24 months.”

Giovanni Marchi, President of MagnoLab, focused on the need for cooperating in a well-organised way to develop innovation, research, and projects related to sustainability and to circular economy, stating: “MagnoLab is a supply chain R&D hub, specifically designed to share the expertise of the different steps of the supply chain to foster both research and innovation, starting from the process to develop them. Within our network, there are companies belonging to different sectors, but each can play an important part, according to its specifications. Therefore, the goal is to strengthen the network between companies and other players working for the industry’s development and the entire industrial sector, with the common aim of developing new processes for the circular economy.”

The video of the event is available here.

The 61st edition of Filo takes place on the 28th and 29th of February 2024 at Allianz MiCo – Milan Convention Centre (via Gattamelata 5).
Biella, 28 February 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it
www.filo.it

The 61st edition of Filo opens today

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The 61st edition of Filo, the International Exhibition of Yarns and Fibres, opens today at Allianz MiCo – Milan (via Gattamelata 5). The show will end tomorrow, on the 29th of February 2024. Visitors and press can discover and “feel” at Filo the yarns, fibres, materials, colours, finishing processes, and high-quality products for top-of-the-range products, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (during the first day) and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (during the second one).

Totally complying with the concepts of efficiency, effectiveness, and professionalism which have always inspired Filo, the exhibition area has been organised to give great visibility to the products on show, both for the logistical setting up of booths and companies, and for the increasingly evocative installations of the Area dedicated to the “Dialoghi Creativi” – which includes the Quik Delivery Point and “Un Filo per la Maglia” – and of the Sustainability Area, comprising those yarns and materials produced through sustainable production processes carried out by the companies participating in FiloFlow. The creative and quality’s richness of companies’ proposals perfectly suit these areas, drawing their inspiration from the “Ir-reality Show” – the topic chosen by Gianni Bologna (responsible for Filo’s creativity and style) for the creative proposals of the 61st edition of Filo.

Thanks to the constant growth in foreign exhibitors and visitors’ number, Filo is an increasingly international fair. During the 61st edition, the Exhibition is hosting the delegation of foreign buyers organized in collaboration with ITA Agency – Rome and it is made up of 27 professionals working in the textile industry coming from France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Turkey, China, Denmark, Tunisia, South Korea. The collaboration between Filo and the Piedmont Region is paving the way to internationalisation too: the Piedmont Agency for internationalisation has indeed organised a delegation made of ten buyers coming from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, and the U.K. In this scope, after the visit to the fair, a study tour in Biella district will take place, enabling buyers’ delegation to delve into the knowledge of production excellence distinguishing Biella textile district.

Paolo Monfermoso, responsible for Filo, states: “Opening the 61st edition of Filo, I would like to thank the companies which trust Filo from the previous edition to the next one. Thanks to the quality and the innovation of their products, Filo has been able to boost its own importance within the international fairtrade panorama. In addition, I would like to thank ICE Agency – Rome and the Piedmont Region and its Agency for Internationalisation for the contribution that they have given – and keep giving us – in making Filo increasingly a reference point within the international exhibition panorama. From our side, we are focusing on making our activity even more effective and efficient, so that Filo could keep being a working platform where to do productive and high-quality business.”

Paolo Monfermoso also adds: “The theme of the 61st edition of Filo is represented by creative and responsible innovation. We, as part of Filo, contribute to give visibility to the commitment of textile manufacturers as far as sustainability is concerned, both in relation to environment and to society, by carrying out FiloFlow project, which includes most Filo’s exhibitors. For the inauguration of the 61st edition of Filo, we decided to take a step forward, by facing the issue of circularity within textile industry. For this purpose, we have invited some leading guests who will present to Filo’s audience their concrete experiences, in line with the effective and efficient approach which has always distinguished Filo.”

Biella, February 28, 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it

Filo61: delegation of foreign buyers promoted by ITA Agency

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In recent years, Filo’s international profile has strengthened. Among the various factors that have made the result possible, there is certainly the fruitful collaboration with the ITA Agency.

At each edition of Filo the number of exhibitors from abroad grows and the number of foreign buyers grows. The result is also due to the close collaboration established for years with the ITA Agency, which has guaranteed excellent results for the international visibility of the Salon and for the expansion of the exhibiting companies on foreign markets.

For the 61st edition of Filo, ITA Agency – Roma has organized a delegation made up of 27 buyers from various countries: France, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Turkey, China, Denmark, Tunisia, South Korea.

The 61st edition of Filo takes place on the 28th and 29th February 2024 at Allianz MiCo – Milano (via Gattamelata 5).

Biella, February 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it

Filo61: “For yarn and for art”, color according to Cittadellarte

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The 61st edition of the Filo, scheduled for the 28th and 29th of February at the MiCo Convention Center in Milan consolidates its collaboration with Cittadellarte Fashion B.E.S.T., Fondazione Pistoletto’s operational workshop dedicated to the development of sustainability in the textile sector.
Cittadellarte Fashion B.E.S.T.’s approach, which views fashion as a social responsibility, aims to promote a new balance between production and consumption. This challenge reflects the textile industry’s commitment to developing more responsible, sustainable, and circular production processes.

In the framework of the “Dialoghi di Confronto” of the 61st edition of Filo, Olga Pirazzi, head of Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto’s sustainable fashion office, together with the Accademia Unidee, will lead the talk “For yarn and for art: The philosophy of color between circularity and innovation.”

The appointment is at Allianz MiCo-Milan, Filo’s Networking Area

Thursday 29 February 2024, at 10.30am

The discussion will focus on the importance of color not only in production processes, but also in its broader meaning as an enigmatic and symbolic element that through the centuries has influenced rituals, memory, and human emotions.
Human, artistic, and cultural reactions to colors also influence technological and scientific development in textiles, and today, thanks to new developments, the industry has at its disposal natural textile dyes that offer environmentally friendly alternatives to chemical colors, promoting sustainability in the textile and fashion supply chain.

At the 61st edition of Filo Cittadellarte Fashion B.E.S.T. also renews its partnership with Lenzing Group, presenting an exhibition installation made from recycled materials, highlighting its concrete commitment to environmental sustainability.

The 61st edition of Filo takes place on 28 and 29 February 2024 at Allianz MiCo – Milano (via Gattamelata 5).

Biella, February 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it

Filo61: ACTIVEYARN by Suedwolle sets a new mindset

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Suedwolle Group changes perspective by introducing ACTIVEYARN®, the company’s first seasonless corporate collection: ACTIVEYARN® is composed by a selection of weaving, flat and circular knitting, hosiery, and technical yarns, with a dominance of advanced spinning technologies, wool blends and other natural, biodegradable and traceable fibres. It is a seasonless collection of yarns suitable for different occasions, that support everyone’s attitude and style.
This idea is expressed by the concept of “Get active” which is not just about using Suedwolle Group’s products in sports applications, but about a new mindset, about changing perspective: By taking a fresh look at the company’s wide offer, ACTIVEYARN® provides new opportunities and inspiration to explore Suedwolle Group’s full potential in terms of technology, sustainability, and innovations.

In the framework of the “Dialoghi di Confronto” of the 61st edition of Filo, Roberto Circelli (Product Innovation Manager Europe Südwolle Group) and Ludovico Rosazza (Area Sales Manager Südwolle Group) will explain ACTIVEYARN® potential in the talk “ACTIVEYARN® – Get Active, change prospective and explore the full potential of wool.”

The appointment is at Allianz MiCo-Milan, Filo’s Networking Area

Wednesday 28 February 2024, at 14.30am

The ACTIVEYARN® range considers with a new point of view Suedwolle Group’s collections for knitting, weaving and technical uses, creating new connections between them and offering a mosaic of new possibilities and versatile combinations.
This theme of the collection and the new mindset is visualized by the concept of a “kaleidoscope”, symbol of the active change that moves Suedwolle Group’s creativity. Everyone is asked to make new connections, to stay flexible and always adapt to new needs. Just like turning a kaleidoscope, where you encounter new shapes and facets when viewing things from a different angle. It’s an endless and timeless source of inspiration, where customers can discover the richness of patterns, yarns, colours, stitches for so many applications.

The yarns in ACTIVEYARN® collection embody the company’s strategical six pillars of innovation – sustainability, circularity, traceability, design, performance and technology – that drive the entire process of design and production.

The 61st edition of Filo takes place on 28 and 29 February 2024 at Allianz MiCo – Milano (via Gattamelata 5).

Biella, February 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it

Filo61: delegation of foreign buyers in collaboration with the Piedmont Region

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On the occasion of the 61st edition of Filo, the collaboration between the Exhibition of Yarns and Fibers and the Piedmont Region is renewed.

Thanks to the activity of the Progetto Integrato di Filiera (PIF) Tessile of the Piedmont Region, financed by the P.R. FESR 2021-2027 and carried out through Piemonte Agency for Internationalization, a delegation of ten buyers from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom are present at the 61st edition of Filo.

Still in the context of the collaboration between Filo and the Piedmont Region – in the days following the closing of the Show, the delegation of foreign buyers will participate in a study tour in the Biella area, which will allow foreign professionals to deepen their knowledge of the production excellence of the Biella textile district.

The 61st edition of Filo takes place on the 28th and 29th February 2024 at Allianz MiCo – Milano (via Gattamelata 5).

Biella, February 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it

Filo61: What is on Show Area by Area

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The appointment with the 61st edition of Filo is approaching: it is scheduled at Allianz MiCo Milan on 28 and 29 February 2024.

The Exhibition of Yarns and Fibers is characterised by a very functional layout of the exhibition spaces. The core of the exhibition site is the Area dedicated to the “Dialoghi Creativi”, which gathers the highlights of the products of the exhibiting companies.

The “Dialoghi Creativi” Area represents the business card through which each Filo’s edition introduces itself to visitors: throughout evocative installations, the Area proposes a wide range of the exhibitors’ products, so that buyers can easily detect those exhibitors who best meet their needs. It is not by chance that here it is also possible to find “Un Filo per la maglia”: indeed, proposals for knitwear have become an integral part of companies’ collections. Within the Area dedicated to “Dialoghi Creativi” there’s also the Quick Delivery Point.

The Area dedicated to sustainability, showcasing the increasingly important FiloFlow project, remains independent just to stress its uniqueness, in parallel with the increasingly awareness related to this fundamental issue. Beside the “Dialoghi Creativi” Area, there’s Filo’s Networking Area, a space born to foster encounter and dialogue among professionals visiting the Exhibition. The Networking Area is going to host the opening ceremony and the “Dialoghi di Confronto” – the short talks held by some protagonists belonging to the textile sector – which will be carried out during the two days of the fair, dealing with topical themes for textile industry.

The 61st edition of Filo will be held at Allianz MiCo – Milan, on the 28th and 29th of February 2024.

Biella, February 23, 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it

Filo61: Lenzing and the Versatility of cellulosic fibers

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Cellulosic fibers are characterized by their versatility and wide range of potential applications. They are making inroads in a wide range of different sectors either in their 100% form or blended with other fibers. The main areas for use are in underwear, denim, shirts and bed linen. However, cellulosic fibers are also making a comeback in carpets and upholstery fabrics. In some cases, they are the answer to the demand for “plastic free” packaging.

As part of the” Dialoghi di Confronto” of the 61st edition of Filo, Carlo Covini – Business Development Lenzing AG – illustrates the exceptional characteristics of cellulosic fibers in the talk “Versatility of cellulosic fibers – A wide range of applications”.

The appointment is at Allianz MiCo-Milano, Filo Networking Area

Thursday 29 February 2024, at 12 (noon)

Thanks to their biodegradability, fibre such as TENCEL are an ideal partner for natural fibers, bestowing a greater softness on cotton, limp, hemp and wool. In accessories, they are paired with silk and cashmere. While for some years now their market conquest has also included footwear where these fibers feature strongly in uppers, shoelaces and insoles as well as in the form of short fibers used on the inside of soles to enhance the shoe’s “grip” when in contact with ice. Applications extend to technical and protective clothing blended with other fibers, frequently of the synthetic kind or which offer specific performances, and coated or laminated fabrics to improve the comfort and moisture management. New developments are noticeable in blends with mechanically recycled fibers: here the lyocell fiber is an ideal partner due to its silkiness and resistance to breaking and improves the hand and performance of yarns.

The 61st edition of Filo takes place on the 28th and 29th of February 2024 at Allianz MiCo – Milan (via Gattamelata 5).

Biella, February 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it

Save the Date: Opening Ceremony of the 61st edition of Filo

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Filo is pleased to invite you to the Opening Ceremony of the 61st edition:

“Circular economy in textiles, clothing and fashion: the thread of circularity”

Wednesday 28 February 2024 – 10.30 am
Allianz MiCo – Networking Area by Filo

Speeches by:

Paolo Monfermoso, Responsible of Filo

Elena Chiorino, Councilor for Education and Merit, Work and Training of the Piedmont Region

ROUND TABLE with

Paolo Barberis Canonico, vice president of Unione Industriale Biellese

Marco Farina, Project Evaluation and Development Manager of A2A Ambiente

Sergio Tamborini, President of SMI – Sistema Moda Italia

Giovanni Marchi, president of MagnoLab

MODERATOR: Giusy Bettoni, CEO and founder of C.L.A.S.S.

The 61st edition of Filo takes place on the 28th and 29th of February 2024 at Allianz MiCo – Milan.

Biella, February 20, 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it
www.filo.it

Filo61: second edition of the Supplier to Zero Certificate ceremony

PRESS RELEASE
ZDHC Supplier Platform is a key tool for companies to effectively implement sustainable chemical management practices. The platform provides valuable resources and guidance, to help companies make informed decisions and continuously improve their efforts towards increasing sustainability.

Many companies exhibiting at Filo are engaged in this journey and this is why in 2023, ZDHC decided to establish a moment of recognition awarding the Supplier to Zero certificate to the Filo exhibiting companies that have reached the Foundational or Progressive level in the Supplier Platform.

The Supplier to Zero Certificate ceremony will take place in the context of the “Dialoghi di Confronto” during the 61st edition of Filo.

The appointment is at Allianz MiCo-Milano, Filo Networking Area

Thursday 29 February 2024, at 11.30 am

The meeting will also be an opportunity for a moment of discussion between ZDHC and the supply chain that uses ZDHC’s Supplier to Zero platform for the management of its Sustainable Chemical Management System (SCMS), with the talk “Strategies and actions for lasting sustainability: the key role of ZDHC’s supplier to zero”.

The 61st edition of Filo takes place on the 28th and 29th of February 2024 at Allianz MiCo – Milano (via Gattamelata 5).

Biella, February 2024

Press&Communication Office
EA Team Elena Aravecchia
Via Muratori 55 – Milano
Tel.: 3396473377 – 3683087865
e-mail: press@filo.it

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