Inauguration with conference for the 45th edition of Filo. Internationalisation – together with innovation – represents a key factor for the success of textile companies during this economic phase, and Filo wanted to highlight the contribution the exhibition is ready to give to exhibiting companies through the conference ‘The thread of internationalisation’, organised together with Italian trade Agency-ITA and Sistema Moda Italia.
The inauguration for the 45th edition of Filo was held within the conference ‘The thread of internationalisation’ promoted together with Italian trade Agency-ITA and Sistema Moda Italia.
After the welcome speech by Marinella Loddo (director of Italian Trade Agency-ITA Office in Milan), Marilena Bolli, president of Unione Industriale Biellese, has confirmed that “Internationalisation is strategic for textile companies. However, for small companies, as the ones in this sector usually are, it is not easy to look onto foreign markets, especially when very distant. Therefore, fairs have to support and cooperate with them in promoting ‘Made in Italy’ abroad, creating networks and offering a whole and uniform view on the production of the Italian textile pipeline, as Filo has already shown through the cooperation with Milano Unica concerning FiloShangai. In this path, we have been joined and supported by Italian Trade Agency-ITA and we want to thank ITA for the invaluable support to Filo”.
Bolli, at the last Filo edition as president of Unione Industriale Biellese, wanted to stress also another crucial element for companies: innovation. She did so highlighting the presence of PoinTex at Filo, the textile innovation cluster whose aim is to promote “an innovation that is not possible without cooperation” – as its president, Marco Bardelle, defined it.
Ercole Botto Poala, president of Milano Unica, mentioned how the Italian fashion system is living a moment where “we are obliged to experiment, in order to intercept the change, whatever it may be; otherwise we would only suffer it, being at the source of the pipeline”. As to building a strong relationship between upstream and downstream in the textile-fashion system, it is essential also to “maintain the ‘hidden’ partner’s commitment, that is to say the Italian government, which will continue supporting us only if we work together”.
Gianfranco Di Natale, general manager of Sistema Moda Italia, expressing its approval for the yarns’ exhibition, has highlighted its satisfaction because ‘Filo has entered the extraordinary Plan for Made in Italy’. Internationalisation is by now compulsory for the companies and that’s why the Federation is sustaining them in their efforts’.
Biella, 16 march 2016