Marino Vago is the new president of Sistema Moda Italia, who has been elected unanimously by associates’ assembly. He succeeds Claudio Marenzi, who is now the president of Confindustria Moda, comprising Smi also as a member. In the team of the new president, who will be in office until 2021, there are also Sergio Tamborini (Marzotto), for industrial policy; Andrea Taborelli (Tessitura serica A.M. Taborelli) for treasurer’s office, traceability and supply chain; Ercole Botto Poala (Successori Reda) for exhibitions; Roberto Grassi (Alfredo Grassi) for trade sections and Carlo Palmieri (Pianoforte Holding) for the South.
In its first speech as Smi’s president, Marino Vago talked about textile-apparel-fashion industry as an Italian excellence’s supply chain. But he also reminded that the sector was able to face globalisation and China’s entry into the WTO without any help from the Italian policy makers. As far as future is concerned, Vago said: “We have to continue maintaining the will to change, drawing from our past. Creativity is not enough, we have to be faster, with a more integrated production. And the supply chain must know how to interpret the data in order to know demand’s needs in advance”.
Vicenzo Boccia, president of Confindustria, wanted to participate in the meeting of entrepreneurs of textile-apparel industry. According to Mr. Boccia ‘We have to think wide-ranging, in terms of Italy’s supply chain. This is why Confindustria Moda is a symbol, a message to the country: it shows the meaning of building up a system and being consistent”. The president of Confinustria then launched two messages to the political world: to the EU to “compact it compacts and protect itself in front of the US customs perspective and at the same time to promote a ‘bi-directional silk’s way with China”. While to Italian parties, Mr. Boccia asked to “have sense of responsibility for the creation of the government”. Above all, he invited them not to dismantle reforms as Jobs Act and Industria 4.0 and to focus on work and young people, in addition to infrastructures.