As far as the Italian exports are concerned Turkey is the second largest market for Italian textile machinery industry, accounting for 11% of Italian exports. In 2017, Italian exports to the Turkish market reached a value of almost 193 million Euros (+12% on the previous year). In the first nine months of 2018 the Italian sales observed a further growth (+36%) reaching a value of 175 million Euros.
In Italy, there are approximately 300 companies who produce textile machines and related accessories, for a total of about 12,000 employees. In 2017 the value of Italian production was Euro 2.5 billion, with exports worth Euro 2.1 billion. The wide supply of Italian textile machinery manufacturers let them face the needs of all the potential customers. Exports represent 84% of total sales, realized in about 130 destination countries.
This process of internationalization, together with the vocation for innovation in the sector, allowed Italian companies to consolidate and further improve the leading position held by the Italian textile machinery industry all over the world. In the first nine months of 2018 Italian exports of textile machines was divided as follows: Asia (45%), followed by Europe (38%), North America (7%), Latin America (6%) and Africa (4%). The biggest contribution to the Italian exports of textile machinery came from China.
In the third quarter of 2018 Italian exports toward Chinese market amounted to a value of Euro 249 million. China is followed by Turkey (Euro 175 million), India (Euro 91 million) and India (Euro 91 million). The supply of Italian manufacturers covers all the classic sectors into which we can divide textile machines. Italian sales abroad are divided among these main sectors: 30% dyeing, finishing and printing machines, 24% accessories, 21% spinning machines, 11% knitting machines, 9% weaving machines and 5% other machines.
REASONS FOR A SUCCESS
Italian companies involved in this sector, are small-size companies, deeply committed to R&D activities, looking for close cooperation with end users to create new opportunities, new machines, new systems and technologies. The ability to understand the needs of potential customers enables Italian companies to turn them quickly into dedicated machines and devices which give rise to new high value-added market niches (such as the technical textiles) in the world textile market, both as regards economical and technological aspects.
Italian textile machinery companies are placed in areas of ancient tex- tile tradition, where an exchange of experience with end users offers a strong impetus to the constant technological upgrading of machinery. Textile clusters are located in Northern and Central Italy: Bergamo, Brescia, Biella, Como, Milan, Prato, Vicenza.
The main characteristics that distinguish Italian textile machinery sector are:
- the advanced technological level;
- versatility and flexibility;
- the close and continuous relationship with the textile companies;
- an excellent quality-price ratio. Particular attention today is focused on the sustainability of the proposed technology Combining respect for the environment and productive efficiency through lesser use of the resources involved in the textile production process is a common goal for many companies in the textile industry. Towards these companies, the Italian textile machines companies become qualified partner with the ACIMIT project “Sustainable Technologies”
TURKEY, AN EXCELLENT PARTNER FOR ITALIAN MANUFACTURERS OF TEXTILE MACHINERY
The important role that Turkey plays in the international textile and clothing industry has made the Country one of the world’s leading markets for textile machinery. Indeed the Country accounts for the 8% of the total world imports of textile machinery. As far as the Italian exports are concerned Turkey is the second largest market for Italian textile machinery industry, accounting for 11% of Italian exports. In 2017, Italian exports to the Turkish market reached a value of almost 193 million euros (+12% on the previous year). In the first nine months of 2018 the Italian sales observed a further growth (+36%) reaching a value of 175 million euros. The most requested Italian machinery are the spinning ones (28% of the total export toward Turkey), followed by knitting and finishing ones (22%) and weaving ones (17%).
A wide programme of promotional initiatives has been realized by ACIMIT in cooperation with Italian Trade Promotion Agency for many years. Acimit and the Italian textile machinery companies exhibited to main Turkish trade shows and some workshops for Turkish textile operators were organized in the Country, in order to strengthen the links among the two sectors.