The Covid-19 pandemic that hit the world a year ago has also severely impacted the textile machinery sector. At the general assembly of the association representing the Italian textile machinery manufacturers, ACIMIT, Milan/Italy, this was seen as an opportunity to consider what the sector had lost in 2020, while also presenting a variety of future projects to relaunch the industry.
In 2020, Italy’s production of textile machinery fell by 22% compared to the previous year, with a similar drop in exports (-21%). Weighing heavily on this situation was a near total stop in production between the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2020, while the recovery in the 2nd half (H2) of the year was only partial. Travel restrictions have also contributed negatively to performance.
In H1/2021, however, the overall economic situation appears to be improving both in terms of exports and in the domestic market in Italy. The resumption of trade fair events has provided a positive sign. Nonetheless, companies have realized the urgency of enacting a digital transformation of their business. For this reason, ACIMIT has accelerated its Digital Label project for certifying Italian textile machinery that adopt a common set of data, in order to more easily integrate with the operating systems of their client businesses.
In addition, the general assembly confirmed Alessandro Zucchi as ACIMIT’s president for 2 more years. Also confirmed were the charges of Federico Businaro as, Cristian Locatelli and Andrea Piattelli as vice presidents. Ugo Ghilardi was additionally elected as vice president.