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Filo is back to the Trend Area of Milano Unica

Filo is back to the Trend Area of Milano Unica

For the fourth time Filo is back to Milano Unica, the Italian Textile Exhibition, from the 9th to the 11th of July 2019 at Rho Fiera Milano.
Filo’s space is an integral part of the Trend Area of Milano Unica, inspired in the July 2019 edition to “Ecorotica”, where the two themes of sustainability and eroticism intertwin.
In this context, Filo provides the contribution of spinning with trends and yarns exhibited at the February 2019 edition of Filo: indeed, they represent the inspiration for the fabrics’ collections now exhibited at Milano Unica. All this is done through an installation that is even more “spectacular” than the previous ones.

Quality of materials and products and sustainability of production process are the two contents which strongly stand out from the trends proposed both by Filo and Milano Unica. Today, the focus on sustainability is what makes the continuity between the two Exhibitions even more explicit: Filo has launched the project FiloFlow, while Milano Unica has the project MU Sustainability Innovation, in its July edition declined into “FancyGreen, EverGreen”, where the aim is to connect the concept of sustainability with creativity.
Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, states: “The presence of Filo in Milano Unica is an initiative that has given great results in terms of visibility of our Exhibition. Indeed, it allow us to convey the contents of Filo to a wider audience of professionals in the textile industry, with positive impacts on visits to Filo. More generally, the presence of Filo in Milano Unica gives us the chance to convey to buyers from all over the world the excellence of the Italian supply chain, with Made in Italy textile proposals resulting from continuous research and innovation, both in materials and style. Starting from this edition, thanks to the launch of our project FiloFlow, the continuity between the two Exhibitions is gaining more power on the particular issue of sustainability. Filo and Milano Unica share the same vision on what is one of the crucial challenges for today and tomorrow’s textile-apparel industry: the fact that only by working in a supply chain context we can aim to sustainable production processes which lead to truly sustainable end products, both environmentally and ethically”.

The 52nd Filo edition will take place on the 25th and 26th of September 2019 at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (Corso Magenta 61).

The Filo roadshow is under the banner of sustainability

The Filo roadshow is under the banner of sustainability

After Paris’ preview, the first Italian stage of the roadshow for the presentation of the 52nd edition of Filo – the yarns and fibres’ Exhibition – is scheduled for today in Biella. The meeting is planned at 10.30 a.m. in the Sala Valetto of the Unione Industriale Biellese (Via Torino 56).
The roadshow will continue tomorrow Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 in Milan, and will end on Wednesday the 19th of June in Prato.
From the organisers’ point of view, the roadshow for the presentation of Filo is a crucial opportunity to meet and to dialogue with the exhibiting companies. In the view to the 52nd, the most important novelty introduced to operators is FiloFlow, the sustainability project of Filo. Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo explains: “Filoflow is a tracking project of the supply chain. Its aim is to highlight and to enhance sustainable production’s processes and products implemented by our exhibitors. We look at it as a long-term process, since we think that environmental and social sustainability is an unavoidable choice for companies in the textile-apparel industry – especially the high-range ones – that want to remain internationally competitive. It is not by chance that Filo’s exhibitors have embraced the project with enthusiasm”. Mr. Monfermoso continues: “In our view, sustainability is carried out in a supply chain’s context, since that’s the only way to garantee a complete traceability of products. Of course, when we talk about supply chain and production processes, we also talk about textile machinery: indeed, we are studying synergies and initiatives together with Acimit, the Association of Textile Machinery Italian Producers. On the other hand, working in synergy with other institutions of the textile-apparel supply chain is a guideline that Filo has been following for several years. This is confirmed by the long and increasingly close collaborations with ITA-Agency, Sistema Moda Italia and Milano Unica. As far as the latest is concerned, Filo will be back to the edition held on the 9th-11th of July: in a special space within the Area Trend of Milano Unica, Filo will show trends themes and yarns exhibited in its February edition. The participation of Filo in Milano Unica is an initiative we had launched for some editions and it enables us to promote the excellence of our exhibitors’ yarns to a wider public of international buyers, highlighting in the meantime the power of Made in Italy supply chain”.
The second part of the roadshow meetings for the presentation of the 52nd edition of Filo is reserved to the explanation of product development proposals, carried out by Gianni Bologna, manager of Filo for creativity and style. According to Gianni Bologna, “We could talk about ‘empathy’ to represent the detachment from a past marked by the separation between the human being and his environment towards a modernity and a future that change direction toward the ecosophy experienced as foundations (or hope, or aspiration) for a real harmony of humanity with its environment. Today we are not living is not an age of change but, as it is stressed by many, it is rather a change of age, pace and parameters. For these reasons, we dedicate these product development proposals to the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ (which is possibly the highest rate of harmony), in order to highlight the idea of permeation and interaction among beings and things”’. The 52nd edition of Filo will be held on the 25th and 26th of September 2019 at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan

The 52nd edition of Filo launched in Paris, Biella, Milan and Prato

The 52nd edition of Filo launched in Paris, Biella, Milan and Prato

The road-show for the presentation of the 52nd edition of Filo has closed today in Prato. The meetings – held in Paris, Biella and Milan before reaching Prato – have been successful, with a participation of exhibitors, operators and press agents higher than expected.
The attention of operators towards Filo derives from the precise role that the Exhibition had acquired over the years within the international fairs’ scenario. However, for the 52nd edition of Filo, there is a further step: the launch of FiloFlow, the Filo’s sustainability project. In undertaking an overall review about the four meeting of the road-show held in June 2019, Paolo Monfermoso, responsible for Filo, states that: ‘Filo’s road-show gives us the opportunity to directly dialogue together with all professionals participating in Filo. From Biella and Prato, we receive incentives and suggestions which offer us a general framework of the needs of exhibiting companies. In Milan, in addition to the exhibitors from Lombardy and Veneto, we meet also many journalists who follow with interest and continuity our Exhibition and this enables us to convey Filo’s contents and news to a wider audience. Paris is fundamental for an increasingly Filo’s internationalisation, especially on visitors’ side’. Regarding the road-show that has just finished, Monfermoso highlights that: ‘In all the four meetings, we have witnessed a great interest from the audience as far as FiloFlow is concerned. This is a tracking project of the pipeline, that wants to highlight and to enhance production’s processes and sustainable products made by our exhibitors. Filo’s exhibitors welcomed enthusiastically the project, with a participation higher than expected.
In our conception, sustainability is carried out in a supply chain’s view, since this is the only way to ensure a complete traceability of products.
Moreover, the strengthening of the supply chain is also the objective of those synergies that Filo has been established for some time with Sistema Moda Italia and Milano Unica. Regarding the latest, Filo will be present once again at the edition scheduled on the 9th-11th of July within the Trend Area of Milano Unica, with an installation where trend themes and yarns exhibited in February Filo edition 2019 will be shown. With the starting of FiloFlow project, we start a closer collaboration with Acimit, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers: indeed, we think that it is not possible to talk about sustainability of production process without including machinery.
The first step if this collaboration will be the Filo’s presence at the press conference of Acimit in the scope of ITMA Barcelona’. Monfermoso ends by saying that: ‘Of course, among the synergies, a fundamental role is played by ITA-Agency, that over the years has enabled to widen the international role of the Exhibition. Our aim is now to increasingly involve the exhibitors in detecting the international buyers to be invited at Filo, to make it an increasingly efficient business platform’.
A large part of the meetings in Paris, Biella, Milan and Prato with a view to the 52nd Filo edition has been dedicated to the presentation of product development proposals carried out by Gianni Bologna, responsible for Filo’s creativity and style, entitled ‘Metamorphosis’. Gianni Bologna explains that: ‘Today we are living in changes’ era rather than era’ change, of pace and parameters. For these reasons, we dedicate these product development proposals to the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ (which is possibly the highest rate of harmony), aiming at highlighting the idea of permeation and interaction among beings and things’.
The 52nd edition of Filo is scheduled to be held at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan on the 25th and 26th of September 2019.

The 52nd edition of Filo launched in Paris, Biella, Milan and Prato

The 52nd edition of Filo launched in Paris, Biella, Milan and Prato

The roadshow for the presentation of the 52nd edition of Filo ended today in Prato.
The meetings – held in Paris, Biella and Milan before reaching Prato – were successful, with a participation of exhibitors, operators and press higher than expected.

The attention payed to Filo by textile professionals derives from the precise role that the Exhibition had acquired over the years within the international fairs’ scenario. However, for the 52nd edition there is a further step: the launch of FiloFlow, the Filo sustainability project.
In undertaking an overall review about the four meeting of the June 2019 roadshow, Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, states that: “Filo roadshow gives us the opportunity to directly dialogue together with all professionals participating in Filo. From Biella and Prato, we receive exhibitors’ prompts and suggestions, helping us to define a general framework of the of exhibiting companies’ needs. In Milan, in addition to the exhibitors from Lombardy and Veneto, we meet also many journalists who follow Filo with interest and continuity, and this enables us to convey Filo’s contents and news to a wider audience. Paris is crucial for the increasingly Filo’s internationalisation, especially on visitors’ side”.

Regarding the June 2019 roadshow, Mr. Monfermoso highlights: “In all the four meetings, we have witnessed the audience great interest in FiloFlow. This is a tracking project of the textile supply chain aimed to highlight and to enhance sustainable production processes and products implemented by our exhibitors. Filo’s exhibitors welcomed enthusiastically the project, with a participation higher than expected. In our conception, sustainability is carried out in a supply chain’s contest, since this is the only way to ensure a complete products traceability. Moreover, the strengthening of the supply chain is also the objective of the synergies that Filo has been establishing for some time with Sistema Moda Italia and Milano Unica. Regarding the latest, Filo will be present once again at the 9th-11th of July edition: in the Trend Area of Milano Unica, trend themes and yarns exhibited in February 2019 edition of Filo will be shown through an installation of great impact. With the starting of FiloFlow project, we have established a closer collaboration with Acimit, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers: indeed, we think any talk about production processes sustainability is useless without including machinery. The first step if this collaboration will be the Filo presence at the press conference of Acimit at ITMA Barcelona”. Mr. Monfermoso’s closing remarks are: “Of course, speaking of synergies, we cannot forget the fundamental role played by ITA-Agency: over the years, it has enabled us to widen the international role of the Exhibition. Our aim is now to increasingly involve the exhibitors in detecting the international buyers to be invited at Filo, to make it an increasingly efficient business platform”.

A large part of the meetings in Paris, Biella, Milan and Prato for the presentation of the 52nd edition of Filo was dedicated to the explanation of “Metamorphosis”, the product development proposals carried out by Gianni Bologna, responsible for Filo creativity and style, entitled. Gianni Bologna explains: “Today we are not living in a changes’ era; rather, we are living an era’s change, of pace and parameters. For these reasons, we dedicate these product development proposals to the theme of ‘Metamorphosis’ (possibly the highest rate of harmony), aiming at highlighting the idea of permeation and interaction among beings and things”.

The 52nd Filo edition will take place at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan, on the 25th and 26th of September 2019.

The 52nd edition of Filo: a successful presentation in Paris

The 52nd edition of Filo: a successful presentation in Paris
The first stage of the road-show for the presentation of the 52nd edition of Filo, held in Paris on the 4th of June 2019 at the Hotel Castille, has been successful.
At the meeting, which has been organised in close cooperation with ITA – Agence italienne pour le commerce extérieur, there was a great participation of many international operators, who showed a high interest for Filo and its initiatives.
The presentation has been introduced by Giovanni Sacchi, head of ITA office in Paris. During his speech, Mr. Sacchi firstly reminded how Filo is the “only international exhibition dedicated to yarns’ excellence; a business show with a wide set of very high quality collections, result of research and continuous innovation, produced respecting environment and fundamental ethic values”. The head of Paris’ ITA office has then rested on French market: “Among the European countries, today France is one of the main clients of Italian yarning, the third one for worsted ones – registering a purchasing amount that accounts for about 20 million euros in 2018 – following Czech Republic and UK. Therefore, we hope that today’s meeting helps to make more and more recognizable to French public the reasons of the international success of Italian yarning and of its reference’s exhibition, Filo”.
Paolo Monfermoso, responsible for Filo, explained the reasons which brought to choose France as foreign step-over of the road-show for the presentation of Filo: “Our presence in Paris witnesses the willing to continue the internationalisation’s process carried out by Filo. France represents the natural outlet market for very high quality products as the ones shown by our exhibitors are”. But starting from the 52nd edition, Filo in enriched with a further interesting element: the project FiloFlow.
As Monfermoso explained: “Filoflow is a tracking project of the pipeline, that wants
to highlight and to enhance production’s processes and sustainable products made by
our exhibitors.
Indeed, we think that environmental and social sustainability is a forced choice for the
companies belonging to textile-apparel industry – especially high-range ones – which
want to remain internationally competitive. In our conception, sustainability is carried
out in a supply chain’s view, since this is the only way to ensure a complete traceability
of products. Our exhibitors have reacted with interest to FiloFlow project, and we are
sure that even international buyers will look at it as an essential tool to detect those
products which better meet their needs”.
While Paolo Monfermoso explained the mission and the general goals of Filo,
Nicoletta Bonino, from Filo, talked about technical details for the participation in Filo
and about Filo’s initiatives with the view of the 52nd edition. Gianni Bologna,
responsible for Filo’s creativity and style, showed the product development proposals
carried out for the 52nd edition of Filo, inspired by “Metamorphosis”.
The 52nd edition of Filo is scheduled to be held at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan on
the 25th and 26th of September 2019.

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.

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