The 46th edition of Filo, the International Yarns and Fibres’ Exhibition, has closed today in a positive atmosphere, with a growing number of visitors compared to past editions, in particular the number of foreign buyers has increased.
Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, says “The 46th edition of Filo has closed in a positive atmosphere. Visitors’ flow has been constant and higher compared to expectations. Not just our data confirms that, but also our exhibitors report their satisfaction with the results achieved at the 46th edition of Filo; they have received buyers who demonstrated a real interest for the collections on show. In our effort to confirm and expand the role of Filo as fair of reference for yarns for weaving within the international panorama, we have been working together with ITA-Italian Trade Agency. As usual, during this edition ITA has promoted the presence of a delegation made up of foreign buyers coming from Japan, France, UK, Spain, Turkey, Lithuania, Portugal, USA and Belgium. The 46th edition has been also the opportunity to start reflecting together with exhibitors on possible changes on the agenda of next editions, considering the decision to anticipate the fall event of Milano Unica in July. Our decisions in this regard will arise from a global assessment of market’s needs of companies, within the context of a supply chain which should be more and more cohesive, as asked by Sistema Moda Italia and as the same undersecretary of State Ivan Scalfarotto has restated in its message to Filo’.
The 46th Filo edition, dedicated to “Luxury Revolution” from a stylistic point of view, has been officially inaugurated trough the conference ‘Il Filo del Design’, which has been organised by Filo in partnership with ITA-Agency and Sistema Moda Italia. The core of the debate was about strategies for companies’ development and internationalisation, starting from innovation and enhancement of Made in Italy, focusing also on the re-discover of the archives of textile companies. During his speech, Carlo Piacenza, president of Unione Industriale Biellese, stated “Textile industry is complicated, with a long production process, but its different sectors are demonstrating to be able to communicate and work as a team. On the other hand, the intact supply chain is a fundamental competitive advantage and allows the Italian textile-apparel industry to continue inventing and innovating”.
Michele Scannavini, president of ITA-Italian Trade Agency, rested on the concept of the supply chain as a competitive advantage: ‘As far as the concept of supply chain is concerned, Italy manages to build strong competences along the entire value chain. Within spinning sector, creativity and innovation emerge above all, that is to say those features which more than anything else distinguish Made in Italy worldwide”. Gianfranco Di Natale, general director of Sistema Moda Italia, highlighted that “Working meetings as these ones represent the fil-rouge which connects Filo and Sistema Moda Italia for offering to the companies new developing and internationalisation strategies. It is a common path that we can carry out thanks to the partnership with ITA-Agency, especially regarding small and medium enterprises”.
Danilo Craveia, responsible for Archivi Storici Biellesi, presented ‘La Filatura e il Tessile’, a show realized exclusively for the 46th edition of Filo. Mr Craveia stressed how “Archives are not a product from the past, but the stratification of many futures; it represents a heritage of know-how which lays down and lets creating variations on a solid knowledge’s heritage”.
According to Marco Bardelle, president of PoinTex, the starting point is the question “Which is the future we envisage for textile companies? It is a future growing on unthinkable and sustainable innovations, to let Italy continue to grow. However, companies must believe in the value of innovation, while governments should make red tape simple for those people who try to innovate”.
Satisfaction for business carried out during this 46th edition of Filo emerges from updated commentaries of exhibitors.
Roberto Rimoldi from Filatura Luisa expresses its satisfaction: “Despite being a season not particularly strong for us, the exhibition performs well, with a number of clients in line with the equivalent edition. However, the number of foreign visitors has grown, coming from European countries and Japan. Nevertheless, buyers are qualified and they have been selected well. Our naturals’ collection has been particularly appreciated, for its high content of research”.
Paola Rossi, from Botto Poala, says that “we are satisfied with the trend of these two days of Filo: we met many buyers, both Italian and foreign ones, European and Japanese in particular. We have not just met clients, but also new buyers, confirming that Filo is a proactive exhibition. In particular, our colour card, very huge also in the basic collection in wool and silk, has been appreciated. The processing H2Dry – one of our patents – continues to stir curiosity and attention since it gives comfort and performance to garments”.
Vincenzo Caneparo from Davifil: “We are very satisfied with the number and the quality of visitors we received during the fair. We have met new possible clients, most of whom comes from Europe. Filo confirms that it is a very high standard fair. Buyers especially appreciated natural yarns, and this indicates an increasingly attention for products’ quality and eco-friendly production’.
Giovanni Marchi from Marchi e Fildi highlights that “During this edition, we have received several visits, despite they were concentrated in a short time of the two working days. We have seen many clients, both consolidated and new ones, Italian and foreign ones, especially French. Buyers demonstrated special interest on research items, they appreciate new proposals and products that innovate compared to usual ones. Our yarns dedicated to higher market range raise curiosity. Our company sees service as a constant research for innovative products, but also as an accurate organisation of techniques and business structures, trying to satisfy the client totally”.
Also Francesco Della Porta from Pozzi Electa evaluates positively the exhibition: “We are very satisfied, we registered a good participation of buyers, who were qualified and practical. We met more Italian buyers than foreign ones, since our production is totally Made in Italy, and it is totally carried out by self-produced power (photovoltaic and hydro-power)”.
Anna Mello Rella from Tintoria di Quaregna states: “our company is totally happy: Filo is a very well organised and professional fair. The Trends Area itself impressed us in a positive way for proving extremely practical, job-oriented, without concessions to exterior emotionality”.
Cesare Savio from Südwollegroup-Safil says: “A very positive Filo edition. This is the first time that Süedwolle-Safil shows a fully integrated collection. Clients demonstrated huge interest for the proposal of adaptable and comfortable yarns for weaving”.
Alberto Enoch from Servizi e Seta highlights how “The balance of these two days of Filo is very positive: we worked very well, with a high flow of visitors, strongly qualified ones. Among foreign people, we received Italian, European and Japanese clients: all high-level ones”.
Gianni Fantini from Filatura e Tessitura di Tollegno says that: ‘This is the first time at Filo for our company and we are satisfied with our participation: this is not our “strong” season, even though we showed a spring collection, with silk, nylon viscose blends. We are sure that at the next edition, our proposals will receive even more attention”.
Biella, September 29, 2016