During the second part of the conference ‘The thread of globalisation’, space was given to figures with Cecilia Gilodi from Confindustria Moda, to more aesthetic and stylistic aspects with Gianni Bologna, responsible for creativity and style of Filo, and to education with Matteo Ingaramo, professor at PoliDesign. The event ended with a brief round table among PierFrancesco Corcione (director of Unione Industriale Biellese), Alessandro Zucchi (president of Acimit), Mauro Chezzi (vice-director of Smi-Sistema Moda Italia) and Marinella Loddo (director of Milan ITA Agency).
While Cecilia Gilodi from Confindustria Moda has presented some data describing a healthy Italian textile industry, Gianni Bologna outlined the development of the aesthetic issue related to fashion. “We are going through a self-referentiality era within dressing codes, an aesthetic innovation’s spirit is missing – said Bologna – It must not be forgotten that creativity is contagious and also method matters. And it must not be never forgotten that it is not possible entering the future without a bit of utopia”.
Starting from September 2018, PoliDesign and Città Studi Biella will offer the first edition of the University Master in Fiber Design and Textile Processes. During the conference, Matteo Ingaramo highlighted the objectives educational programmes should be built on: competences, education and creativity for the Industry 4.0. During the lively round table also PierFrancesco Corcione talked about these aspects: “Technology, competence and know-how represent tools which companies cannot do without. That is exactly why we are creating in Biella an educational system for textile-apparel industry. In the medium-long period of the students’ orientation programs, ITS system is crucial, and we hope institutions are ready to invest in it again. As far as Industry 4.0 is concerned, the main issue to address is that of small enterprises, that sometimes don’t have the resources to meet such huge investments, and then they have to be supported in this’. Alessandro Zucchi agreed: “In a fractionated production system, small firms disappear, if not supported”. Mauro Chezzi started from data: “During the years of financial downturn, it has been lost the 25% of textile companies. Now, our production tries to match with the EU. But the result of crisis is transformation, facilitated by Impresa 4.0. This is a transformation that, regarding textile-apparel industry, should be focused on the supply chain, since this concept allows to meet the new requests for an already global consumption”.