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Light on FiloFlow, Filo’s sustainability project

Light on FiloFlow, Filo’s sustainability project

Filo, the international yarns and fibres’ Exhibition, analyses the first phase of FiloFlow, the yarns’ sustainability project launched during the 51st edition in February 2019.
Paolo Monfermoso, responsible for Filo, restates the objective of the project: ‘Through FiloFlow, first of all we want to highlight the strong awareness of Filo’s exhibitors in relation to sustainability, that is often already present within their companies. Secondly, we want to stress that for us sustainability is a process and implicates the entire pipeline, since this is the only way to get a sustainable product. Thirdly, when we talk about sustainability of production’s process, we mean the usage of chemicals in compliance with regulations, the care for water consumption, energy consumption and recycling. Then, to all this, it should be combined the construction and the spreading of a social sustainability model towards all the stakeholders of the territory where the companies operate, from employees to providers, from citizens to the ecosystem’.
The first phase of FiloFlow is focused on the sheet that all Filo’s exhibitors will receive next week. The sheet collects different information about the company (type, dimension, reports and communications with the stakeholders – as for example the draw up of sustainability statements) and about production’s practices: raw materials that are used, supply chain’s traceability, energetic consumption, chemical management, waste management, environmental monitoring and implication for ethic and social activities. The participation of the companies in the project is voluntary and is based on self-certification.

The companies which meet the required characteristics will be distinguished with the brand ‘FiloFlow’, that will be shown also within the catalogue of the 52nd edition of Filo. There’s more: some of the selected products will be exhibited in the Sustainability Area of the 52nd Filo edition of September 2019, that will be set up to enable visitors to immediately detect the product they are interested in and the company which produces it.
As Paolo Monfermoso underlines: ‘Since the presentation of FiloFlow at the 51st Filo edition, the exhibiting companies have showed great interest for the project. Among our exhibitors, there is the awareness that environmental and social sustainability is a necessary choice, since the market requires it, but financial world is increasingly requiring it too. This is a choice that the companies have to make today, since it implies investments in the factory, also with a view to 4.0. This is the only way for our companies to continue to create high quality products and excel internationally’.

51st edition of Filo closed with positive results

51st edition of Filo closed with positive results

The 51st edition of Filo – International Exhibition of Yarns and Fibres ended today with very positive results.

Paolo Monfermoso, General Manager of Filo, said: “The 51st exhibition of Filo ends with a positive assessment. This year, we welcomed 102 exhibitors and a number of visitors in line with the previous event in February 2018. During this 51st edition of the show, we launched Filo’s new “Sustainability Project”, which will lead to the creation of a “Sustainability Trend Area” within Filo. This will be a dedicated space, in which exhibitors will be able to present products that are developed through sustainable production processes, with a voluntary and self-certified description of the various production stages that are carried out through sustainable practices, both from an environmental and a social perspective. An ambitious initiative, which we aim to transform into reality through the same principles of quality, tangibility and professionalism that have characterised Filo since its inception”.

“Sustainability as a virtuous process” was the topic theme of the opening event at the 51st edition of Filo. In his speech, Carlo Piacenza, President of Unione Industriale Biellese (Biella Industrial Union), pointed out that “Sustainability means, first and foremost, traceability. As manufacturers, we carry a responsibility: that of ensuring traceability, from raw material to finished product”.
While Pier Francesco Corcione, Managing Director of AssoServizi Biella-Filo, said that “Filo’s Sustainability Project is structured over two levels. On the one hand, it pursues process sustainability, championing a responsible use of chemical substances and a reduction in the consumption of water and energy; on the other hand, however, it pursues sustainability in social relationships, that is in relations with suppliers, employees and the local community. Businesses must strive to achieve a model of social sustainability, in which they look after and take care of the environment around them and of the people who live in it”.

Exhibitors’ comments at the end of the second day of the show are a confirmation of the satisfactory work done during the 51st edition of Filo.

Vincenzo Caneparo of Davifil: “Our opinion on these two days at Filo is decidedly positive, for both the number of visitors and their standard. Our company offers a wide range of products, all made under the banner of quality. We also sell recycled yarns and, in recent years, we have also been working with undyed waste wool, which has given some interesting results. Filo’s “Sustainability Project” seems very interesting”.
More than positive remarks also from Francesco Della Porta of Pozzi Electa: “We have been exhibiting at Filo as from its very first edition and, once again, we are very happy with the results achieved. Our company focuses very much on innovation and our customers come to us to see what’s new. So, this year too, they were especially appreciative of our new yarns, our new finishings and our new slub yarns. Much interest was also seen in our recycled yarns, “closing the circle” in a product offering that is called to be increasingly aware of its environmental impact. On this premise, it is evident that Filo’s “Sustainability Project” is extremely interesting for us”.
Gian Maurizio Caucino of Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia: “Our opinion on our two days at Filo is, as usual, a positive one. Visitors flows, both Italian and European, have been in line with expectations, more intense during the first day. On the whole, we can say that we see a greater interest in Italian-made products. As to the “Sustainability Project” launched by Filo, we can say that it meets with our full support, also because our company has been releasing a sustainability report since 2017”.
Chiara Bianchi Maiocchi of Lanecardate: “Filo is always a very useful and pleasant show to take part in. It is the only one that allows businesses to make their own boards to be exhibited at the excellent Trend Area, which we consider to be a great benefit, that produces important results. Many are the buyers that were not our customers but decided to visit our stand after seeing our products at the Trend Area. I would also like to add that visitors are always of a high standard, be they weavers or wool mills. Our company has long been focusing on manufacturing sustainability. We have recently created a corporate leaflet on this topic and, as far back as 2004, we signed – here at Filo – a certification of full traceability of our products. Consequently, we are now enthusiastic supporters of the Sustainability Project that has just been launched by Filo”.
Mariarosa Dissegna of Marchi e Fildi also has a “positive opinion of this edition of Filo. In order to be able to tackle the market’s hurdles, businesses need visibility. Insofar as we are concerned, we continue to focus on our research and innovation work, simply because we believe that only by profoundly renovating our collections and our production methods, we can strengthen our position on the market. This, of course, without ever giving up on our fundamental values: first and foremost, the high quality of our products. And the same goes for sustainability in the textile field. We are all in favour of achieving greater awareness on this topic. However, sustainability, as we understand it at least, is not a temporary trick, rather it is a serious and continuous commitment”.
Stefano Aglietta of Italfil “This edition too, Filo confirmed the positive trend registered in previous years. There is a general pick up in the demand of quality products, which are highly sought by both Italian and international customers. We took part in this 51th Filo exhibition not only with our yarn-making family business, but also with our innovative project Yuool: a shoe made with a fabric which, in turn, is made with exclusive extra-fine merino wool (by Italfil). Natural, breathable, comfortable, versatile, soft and flexible”.
Maurizio Mancini of Tintoria Mancini: “Filo is an important show for us. Here, we meet all our customers, including among exhibitors. Here, we can speak to them more in depth and better understand their needs – their products in our hands. Perhaps, on the whole, interest in dyers at the show has dropped. It is taken for granted that we are going to be here. The Sustainability Project meets with our full involvement and can help us improve”.
Alberto Gaia of Xinao: “This was our first time at Filo and we are very satisfied. We have established good contacts, not just with Italian customers, but also with international ones. The Italian market is very interesting and Filo is certainly the right opportunity to get to know it more in depth”.
Marco Bardelle of Tintoria Finissaggio 2000: “This year, at Filo, we have seen a growing interest by operators in digital printing and faux fur items. We have also launched a new finishing which we have named ‘fulled cotton’. We have seen a lot of interest in bonded fabrics and quilted items, with various fillings. Our overall assessment for these two days is decidedly positive and we have established some interesting contacts with potential new customers. As to sustainability, this is a concept in which we strongly believe, so much so that we have just completed the refurbishment of our water system, which will enable us to treat the wastewater we use in our activities and reuse as much as 20% of it”.
Roberto Rimoldi of Filatura Luisa: “We are satisfied with this edition of Filo, with results in line with last year. Visitors have shown great interest in our ‘historic products’, but also in our new products. The philosophy behind the “Sustainability Project” launched by Filo meets with our full support”.
Adolfo Marchetti of Iride: “A good show. We received visits from well-established customers, as well as from new ones. Interest in natural colourings is growing, in line with a greater commitment by downstream manufacturers to use sustainable products and/or processes”.
Eric Lenard of UTT: “This is the second time we exhibit at Filo and we are very satisfied. On the second day, we saw slightly less visitors. The show is an opportunity to meet customers – especially Italian ones – who are interested in our range of worsted yarns and multi-coloured & patterned yarns for the weaving industry”.

Our next appointment is for September 2019, with the 52nd edition of Filo.

The 51st edition of Filo: “Sustainability is a virtuous process”

The 51st edition of Filo: “Sustainability is a virtuous process”

The opening event of the 51st Filo – International Exhibition of Yarns and Fibres took place today at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan. The exhibition ends tomorrow, 28 February 2019.

The opening round table, titled “Sustainability is a virtuous process”, saw the participation of:

– Carlo Piacenza, President of Unione Industriale Biellese (Biella Industrial Union)
– Bruna Santarelli, Textile and Apparel Department at ICE-Agenzia (Italian Trade Agency)
– Mauro Scalia, Director of Sustainable Businesses at Euratex
– Pier Francesco Corcione, Managing Director of AssoServizi Biella-Filo
– Laura Specchio, President of the Milan Municipality Committee for Labour, Economic Development, Production Activity, Commerce, HR, Fashion and Design Policies

Proceedings were opened by Paolo Monfermoso, General Manager of Filo, who, on the occasion, presented Filo’s “Sustainability Project”: “The great majority of our textile businesses are already implementing a variety of sustainable production processes, but this fact is not so commonly known. For this reason, we have decided to ask our exhibitors to get involved in a project that will lead to the creation of a “Sustainability Trend Area” within Filo, a space dedicated to products that are developed through sustainable production processes, with a voluntary and self-certified description of the various production stages that are carried out through sustainable practices, both from an environmental and a social perspective”.

For Carlo Piacenza, President of Unione Industriale Biellese “Sustainability means, first and foremost, traceability. As manufacturers, we carry a responsibility: that of ensuring traceability, from raw material to finished product. This is a task at which manufacturing countries, and textile districts in particular, which have total control over their production process, are able to excel. Our duty as textile manufacturers is to work towards a production system that has a nearly-zero environmental impact. If I can add a little thought-provoking contribution to the debate, I would like to invite you all to reflect on the circular economy concept. Surely, a very interesting notion, but here too traceability is key to avoid circulating products that are nowhere near sustainable”.

Bruna Santarelli brought the international vision of ICE-Agenzia into the debate, reminding all present that emerging countries – at once, suppliers and outlets for Italian businesses – are increasingly demanding sustainable textile products.

According to Mauro Scalia, Director of Sustainable Businesses Euratex, “Sustainability is a virtuous process, in that it is a real response to the needs of society and of the economy – needs that lawmakers are called to meet. We can say that “sustainability is the new quality”, another element, in addition to high product quality, that can enable companies to stand out on the global markets. Right now, the textile and apparel sector has a negative image and it is assumed to consume a lot of resources. Our task is that of bringing some clarity into the debate and providing some positive examples of a sustainable textile production. Our action for 2019 focus on key priority topics, including the circular economy, chemical products regulations, microplastic pollution, compliance with rules designed to ensure a level playing field, and opportunities for cooperation that are opening for textile companies in this framework. All the above to make sure that the response of companies meets with the demand of consumers and the requirements of lawmakers. Euratex – which operates in Italy through SMI – gathers together all these virtuous examples, of which an exhibition like Filo is certainly a part”.

“Filo’s Sustainability Project is structured over two levels – said Pier Francesco Corcione, Managing Director of AssoServizi Biella-Filo. On the one hand, it pursues process sustainability, championing a responsible use of chemical substances and a reduction in the consumption of water and energy; on the other hand, however, it pursues sustainability in social relationships, that is in relations with suppliers, employees and the local community. Businesses must strive to achieve a model of social sustainability, in which they look after and take care of the environment around them and of the people who live in it. There is no other way and we must be fully aware that this approach, which is perhaps not so easy for businesses, is what will enable us to take the lead on the markets, while a policy of small steps and short-term goals will only lead us to insignificance”.

Lastly, Laura Specchio, President of the Milan Municipality Committee for Labour, Economic Development, Production Activity, Commerce, HR, Fashion and Design Policies, brought the greetings of the Milan administration and pointed out that “Filo closes – virtually – the Milan Fashion Week. But, in truth, this sector represents the genesis of the entire industry and fashion shows are the product of an excellence that comes to life right here”.

Filo launches the “Sustainability Project in Yarns”

During the round table for the inauguration of its 51st edition, Filo – the International yarns and fibres Exhibition – announced the launch of the “Sustainability Project in Yarns”.
Sustainability is the main theme of the 51st Filo edition, that opened this morning (the 27th of February 2019) at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan. The exhibition closes tomorrow, the 28th of February. The inauguration of the show was therefore the ideal setting for launching the Project, which is based on the involvement – on a voluntary basis – of the companies exhibiting at Filo.
As Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, highlighted: “Sustainability is an issue on which Filo has been focused for several years, but in this occasion, we wanted to make real our involvement in relation to a challenge crucial for textile-apparel industry. Naturally, for the companies working upstream of the production supply chain, sustainability is a sustainability of the production process and it touches all the steps of the production”.
Specifically, companies exhibiting at Filo will be presented with a form, which will highlight their adherence to “sustainable practices” along the various stages of the production process. Based on the responses of exhibiting companies, starting from the 52nd edition of Filo next September, the “Sustainability Area of Filo” will be set up, a space dedicated to products obtained from sustainable processes, reporting in addition environmental and social certifications obtained by companies.
The “Sustainability Project” of Filo is designed to highlight the interconnections of a verticalized textile supply chain.
“The “Sustainability Project in Yarns” promoted by Filo fully meets the double meaning of sustainability to which manufacturing companies orient their behaviours – as Pier Francesco Corcione, CEO of Assoservizi Biella-Filo, said – On one hand, the search for sustainable production processes is part of the corporate social responsibility, where companies are increasingly focused on environmental, ethical and social issues. On the other hand, it allows companies to organise their production more rationally, with substantial cost reductions”.

The “taste of sustainability” is on stage at the 51st edition of Filo

The “taste of sustainability” is on stage at the 51st edition of Filo

The “taste of sustainability” is the space of the 51st edition of Filo, where ten companies of Biella are protagonists: Birra Menabrea, Biscottificio Cervo, Botalla Formaggi, Carni Botalla, Caseificio Pier Luigi Rosso, Centovigne, Gabba Salumi, Lauretana, Pasticceria Massera Gino, Proprietà Sperino; all of them are members of the section ‘Food and Beverages’ of Unione Industriale Biellese. The initiative is sponsored by Atl Biella, the Agency promoting tourism in the Biella area.
The ten companies bring to Filo the excellence of food, wines and beers from Biella, proposing two tastings: the light lunch following the inauguration of the 51st Filo edition (27th of February at 11.30 a.m.) and the Filo-cocktail at the end of the first day of the Exhibition (27th of February at 5.30 p.m.).
But which is the link between yarns exhibited at Filo and food products? Excellence, of course. But there is also the awareness that ‘taste’ – in its dual meaning of ‘delicious’ and ‘beautiful’ – cannot leave apart the sustainability of processes that lead to the creation of food and textile products. Starting from the purity of the ‘raw material’ that is essential for both textile and food industry: water.
Water – from rivers, lakes or glaciers – defines a territory, its landscapes, the life and the activities of its inhabitants, and as a result the products produced in that territory. Water from Biella area adds to all this a particular feature: it is lime-free and low in sodium. Therefore, within Biella district, the water that flows, which irrigates lands and pastures, which gushes from the springs, gives those old and rich in minerals lands its lightness, its purity and an acid ph. The result is a delight for palates: wines – with Nebbiolo at the forefront – beers, cheeses, meats, sweets from Biella area have their unique favour, due to the characteristics of its soil and water. Unique tastes that have been handed on from generation to generation thanks to a ‘territory culture’ that has been able to safeguard its ecosystem through production, processes and recipes respectful of the environment, of tradition and craftsmanship, adjusting to current consumers’ needs but without distorting them. Of all this, the companies of the Unione Industriale Biellese “Food and Beverages” Section are both architects and witnesses. And if we talk about water, Lauretana mineral water comes immediately to minds: this very pure water, thanks to its spring on Monte Rosa, is the lightest in Europe because of the peculiar characteristics of Biella territory.
Quality, lightness, fineness are also essential characteristics of yarns shown at Filo, made by companies that have long ago understood the “value” of water, the need to adopt processes that reduce consumption and the responsibility to return “clean” to territory the waters used for their own productions. To sum up, companies aware of the need to adopt sustainable production processes.
The area dedicated to the “sustainability of taste” is located on the first floor of Palazzo delle Stelline (Corso Magenta 61). During the two days of Filo (27th and 28th of February), exhibitors and visitors can find there all the useful information about food production of the Biella area.

Filo no. 51: the sustainable beauty of good taste

Filo no. 51: the sustainable beauty of good taste

For the edition no. 51 focused on sustainability – and not only – of textile processes, Filo (February 27-28, 2019 at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan) shows once more how the excellence of products derives from respect for the territory, its traditions and its culture; products which are able to reach the further away markets just because of these characteristics. This is shown, of course, by the international nature of the Exhibition, with very high quality yarns produced by Italian and foreign innovative companies which meet the needs of buyers worldwide. But it is also shown by all those companies that support Filo in ensuring the organisation and services made available to exhibitors and visitors during the two days of fair.
The first is of course Fondazione Stelline. Palazzo delle Stelline is indeed the historical Filo headquarters, always much appreciated by exhibitors and visitors for its position in the centre of Milan and for the charm of a location rich in art and history. To all this, a unique characteristic should be added, that it is not common to all exhibition sites and that represents an advantage for textile professionals: the natural light that radiates from the cloister to the whole exhibiting area.
V2, that for the first time in this edition supports Filo, is a company from Biella working on apparel industry, young for both vocation and year of foundation. For Filo, V2 has expressly designed the sweatshirts worn by the hostesses and the stewards of the 51st edition. In the elegant simplicity of the garments, white and with the Filo logo, we recognize the company’s philosophy, which rewards made in Italy and according to which “the classic is moulded, renewed, becomes unique”.
Once more, at the 51st edition of Filo, the two light-lunches and the buffet for the Filo-cocktail, reserved to exhibitors and press, are handled by Ramella Banqueting. Proposals by chef Ivan Ramella represent a delight for the palate and combine attention to food tradition of Biella territory with the research for more and more new recipes. Since 1946, Ramella family has made quality catering an art which gathers professionalism, passion and style of hospitality. As it is shown, in addition to the banqueting activity, by the various restaurants and activities animated by Ramella family within Biella area.
For the 51st Filo edition, wines and sparkles are proposed by Cantina Orsolani, an historical sparkling wines maker from North Piedmont. In a pioneer way, in 1968, it started to produce the sparkling Erbaluce. Since then more than 50 years have passed, marking a continuous spread of the company, in a successful history based on four words: seriousness, respect, work and territory.
At the 51st edition of Filo, the appointment with taste is located on the first floor of the Palazzo delle Stelline. There the FiloLounge is set, the area reserved to exhibitors and the press, where the organisation makes available the light-lunches of the two days of Filo, and a continual cafeteria service. At the first floor there is also “The taste of sustainability”, the area of the 51st edition of Filo involving ten companies of Biella territory: Birra Menabrea, Biscottificio Cervo, Botalla Formaggi, Carni Botalla, Caseificio Pier Luigi Rosso, Centovigne, Gabba Salumi, Lauretana, Pasticceria Massera Gino, Proprietà Sperino, members of the section ‘Food and Beverages’ of the Unione Industriale Biellese. The initiative is sponsored by Atl Biella, the agency for tourism of Biella territory.

Two days at Filo: the agenda of the 51st edition

Two days at Filo: the agenda of the 51st edition

The 51st edition of Filo, the yarns and fibres Exhibition, is held on the 27th and 28th of February 2019 at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (corso Magenta 61).
► On the 27th of February 2019, at 11.30 a.m., under the title “Sustainability is a virtuous process”, the official inauguration of the Exhibition takes place at Sala Manzoni in the Palazzo delle Stelline (first floor).
Participants are:
– Carlo Piacenza, President of the Unione Industriale Biellese
– Bruna Santarelli, ITA-Agency Textile and Apparel Office
– Mauro Scalia, Director Sustainable Businesses Euratex
– Pier Francesco Corcione, CEO of Assoservizi Biella – Filo
– Laura Specchio, President of the Commission for Labour Market Policies, Economic Development, Production Activities, Marketing, Human Resources, Fashion and Design of Milan Municipality
(a small reception will follow)
► During the two days of Filo, a delegation of foreign buyers and journalists is present, invited by Filo in cooperation with ITA-Agency. The delegation is composed of professionals representing important companies from Great Britain, Spain, France, Belgium, Turkey, Portugal.
► At 5.30 p.m. on the 27th of February, Filo-cocktail, the usual ‘work party’ that closes the first day of Filo, takes place. While tasting the dishes of chef Ivan Ramella made with the food excellences of Biella territory made available by the companies of the Section ‘Food and Beverages’ of the Unione Industriale Biellese, exhibitors, their guests, and journalist can continue to weave relationships and lay the foundations for new business. Filo-cocktail takes place at the FiloLounge on the first floor of the Palazzo delle Stelline.
► Biella territory is the protagonist of “The taste of sustainability”, the area of the 51st edition of Filo which involves ten companies of Biella’s territory: Birra Menabrea, Biscottificio Cervo, Botalla Formaggi, Carni Botalla, Caseificio Pier Luigi Rosso, Centovigne, Gabba Salumi, Lauretana, Pasticceria Massera Gino, Proprietà Sperino, members of the Unione Industriale Biellese. The initiative is sponsored by Atl Biella, the Agency for tourism of Biella territory.
► FiloLounge is always open during the two days of Filo and it is located on the first floor of the Palazzo delle Stelline. FiloLounge is the space reserved exclusively to exhibitors and the press where to rest for a while, thanks to the cafeteria service made available by the organisation.
► Everything that happens during the two days of the 51st edition of Filo is narrated live on social media: access the Filo accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and you will discover the Exhibition under a new perspective.

Two days at Filo: the agenda of the 51st edition

Two days at Filo: the agenda of the 51st edition

The 51st edition of Filo, the yarns and fibres Exhibition, is held on the 27th and 28th of February 2019 at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (corso Magenta 61).
► On the 27th of February 2019, at 11.30 a.m., under the title “Sustainability is a virtuous process”, the official inauguration of the Exhibition takes place at Sala Manzoni in the Palazzo delle Stelline (first floor).
Participants are:
– Carlo Piacenza, President of the Unione Industriale Biellese
– Bruna Santarelli, ITA-Agency Textile and Apparel Office
– Mauro Scalia, Director Sustainable Businesses Euratex
– Pier Francesco Corcione, CEO of Assoservizi Biella – Filo
– Laura Specchio, President of the Commission for Labour Market Policies, Economic Development, Production Activities, Marketing, Human Resources, Fashion and Design of Milan Municipality
(a small reception will follow)
► During the two days of Filo, a delegation of foreign buyers and journalists is present, invited by Filo in cooperation with ITA-Agency. The delegation is composed of professionals representing important companies from Great Britain, Spain, France, Belgium, Turkey, Portugal.
► At 5.30 p.m. on the 27th of February, Filo-cocktail, the usual ‘work party’ that closes the first day of Filo, takes place. While tasting the dishes of chef Ivan Ramella made with the food excellences of Biella territory made available by the companies of the Section ‘Food and Beverages’ of the Unione Industriale Biellese, exhibitors, their guests, and journalist can continue to weave relationships and lay the foundations for new business. Filo-cocktail takes place at the FiloLounge on the first floor of the Palazzo delle Stelline.
► Biella territory is the protagonist of “The taste of sustainability”, the area of the 51st edition of Filo which involves ten companies of Biella’s territory: Birra Menabrea, Biscottificio Cervo, Botalla Formaggi, Carni Botalla, Caseificio Pier Luigi Rosso, Centovigne, Gabba Salumi, Lauretana, Pasticceria Massera Gino, Proprietà Sperino, members of the Unione Industriale Biellese. The initiative is sponsored by Atl Biella, the Agency for tourism of Biella territory.
► FiloLounge is always open during the two days of Filo and it is located on the first floor of the Palazzo delle Stelline. FiloLounge is the space reserved exclusively to exhibitors and the press where to rest for a while, thanks to the cafeteria service made available by the organisation.
► Everything that happens during the two days of the 51st edition of Filo is narrated live on social media: access the Filo accounts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and you will discover the Exhibition under a new perspective

The 51st edition of Filo starts today

The 51st edition of Filo starts today
The 51st edition of Filo – the International Exhibition of Yarns and Fibres – opens today at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (Corso Magenta 61). The fair will close tomorrow – on the 28th of February 2019. Filo”s opening time: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the first day and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the second one.
Filo exhibits high quality yarns, intended for top-of-the-range products, made carried out by companies whose watchwords are sustainability, research and innovation.
Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, declares: “The main theme of the 51st edition of Filo is sustainability. This is a theme on which our Exhibition has been focused on for several years, but on this occasion, we wanted to make it clear since we are convinced that it represents a significant challenge that the companies belonging to textile-apparel industry should face in our era. Of course, for companies upstream of the production chain, sustainability can only be a process sustainability and can only unfold along the stages of production. This means that it should be a supply chain-based approach and it should implicate international entities too. Of that, the presence of Mauro Scalia, Director Sustainable Businesses of Euratex at the round table of inauguration represents a clear example. On the other hand, thanks to this kind of approach, over the last years, Filo has enlarged collaborations which contributed to its growth, both in terms of visitors and exhibitors’ numbers and in terms of its role, that has become even more precise within the international trade fair panorama. I am mainly talking about our systematic and productive cooperation together with ITA-Agency, Sistema Moda Italia and Milano Unica, which continue to perform high results: this is shown by the increasing interest in the presence of Filo in the Milano Unica Trend Area. Really, this is also shown by the delegation of foreign buyers attending each Filo edition thanks to the partnership with ITA-Agency. The delegation for the 51st edition of Filo is made of buyers coming from United Kingdom, Turkey, Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal: they have been detected and invited through a formula closer to the needs of our exhibiting companies.
Finally, since the sustainability of production processes is also an assumption of responsibility towards the territory where companies are located, Filo dedicates in this edition an area to food excellences, great wines and beers of Biella” territory: manufacturing industry, valorization of territory and its culture, tourism are, today united in pursuing the same goals of sustainable growth.”
For the 51st Filo edition, products development proposals, carried out by Gianni Bologna, responsible for creativity and style of the Exhibition, are inspired to “Dissonance”. Gianni Bologna explains: “Products development proposals of the 51st edition of Filo start from a contrast that is increasingly present in our daily life: from one side, the need for strength and from the other, the growing desire to calm, the desire of taking a step backwards. As far as textile materials are concerned, both themes have been developed according to dissonance, to the juxtaposition referred to hereinabove and to huge contrasts, within the search for hybrids, overlapping, different depths in aesthetic contents, in materials and colours.”

The third time of Filo in the Milano Unica Trends Area

The third time of Filo in the Milano Unica Trends Area

Filo returns for the third time to Milano Unica, the Italian textile exhibition held from 5th to 7th February 2019 at Rho Fiera Milano.

Filo’s space forms an integral part of the Milano Unica Trends Area, inspired in this edition of February 2019 to “Musica e Food” and articulated in three lines: ’80 Cous Cous Rap, ’50 Bon Bon Jazz and ’70 Funky Tabbouleh. In this context, Filo brings the spinning contribution with the trends and yarns that have been the inspiration for the fabric collections now presented. Quality of materials and products, and sustainability of the production process are the contents that emerge strongly from the trends proposed by both Filo and Milano Unica, themes that do not end this season, but are long-term issues.

The presence of Filo in Milano Unica therefore makes explicit the continuity among the various links in the textile supply chain and aims at strengthening and enhancing the uniqueness of the Italian textile-clothing system.

Indeed, Paolo Monfermoso, manager of Filo, affirms: “The presence of Filo in Milano Unica is an initiative that has given excellent results in terms of visibility of our show. In fact, it allows us to communicate the contents of Filo to a wider audience of textile professionals, with positive repercussions on visits to Filo. In addition, bringing the yarns of Filo’s exhibitors to Milano Unica is the most direct and concrete way to underline the uniqueness of the Italian textile supply chain. The one between Filo and Milano Unica is in fact a synergy that is based on shared fundamental principles, starting from the highest quality contents that both fairs propose, from the importance that both attribute to the supply chain and, above all, to the sustainability of products and processes. The presence of Filo in Milano Unica allows us to communicate to the buyers around the world the excellence of the Italian chain, with made in Italy textile proposals that are the result of continuous research and innovation, in materials and style “concludes Monfermoso.

The 51st edition of Filo takes place on 27 and 28 February 2019 at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (corso Magenta 61).

Biella, February 5, 2019

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