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The thread of knowledge passes though sustainability

The 44th edition of Filo also offered an opportunity to present the study “Comparative analysis between Europe and the United States of the eco-toxicological standards in the textile, clothing, leather/leather goods and footwear sectors”, prepared by the Associazione Tessile e Salute on behalf of Ice Agency.

The study – which was presented at a meeting organized by the Milan Ice Agency during Filo – is part of the extraordinary promotional programme of Made in Italy promoted by the Ministry of Industry, and represents an in-depth analysis aimed at the negotiations for the definition of the free trade agreement between Europe and the United States (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – Ttip).

The introductory speech was made by Marinella Loddo (director of the Milan Ice Agency), who affirmed “Knowledge is an important element for working on foreign markets and the study carried out by the Associazione Tessile e Salute is a technical analysis that gives us more knowledge and insight into the USA market, which is one of the most interesting outlet for the entire made in Italy production”.

Pier Francesco Corcione (director of Unione Industriale Biellese) reminded that “Thinking future (the topic of the 44th Filo edition) and knowledge are determining factors for those businesses which want to develop a successful position in constantly changing markets. To focus companies’ attention on innovation, help them make themselves known on foreign markets and define together a set of reference rules: these are the undertakings on which the entire Italian industrial system must concentrate and team up”.

Marino Vago (acting deputy chairman of Sistema Moda Italia) focused on the necessity “to make what was so far seen as a burden into an opportunity”. And the sustainability of the textile clothing industry can be a concrete example.

Gianpaolo Bruno (Rome Ice Agency) emphasized that today are non-tariff barriers – which often conceal protectionists purposes – to be an obstacle to the internationalization of our enterprises rather than duties. Therefore, innovation especially if dictated by common standards, is a categorical imperative in the value chains”.

Cohesive the speech of Mauro Rossetti, who provided the study and illustrated its characteristics and objectives. He reminded that “the rules on export of products to the United States represent for small and medium-sized businesses a paradigm to export throughout the world. Standards shared by the whole textile clothing industry would result in costs saving, starting from advisory or internal management costs. And our companies can benefit greatly from traceability and transparency throughout the entire supply chain”.

Biella, 21 october 2015

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