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The 52nd edition of Filo: FiloFlow’s results have been shown

The 52nd edition of Filo: FiloFlow’s results have been shown

The first results of FiloFlow have been presented today at Filo, during the workshop ‘Sustainability: a virtuous process’.

Why FiloFlow
The issue of sustainability and contrast to climate change is at the centre of the attention worldwide. Just say that the UN’s Climate Action Summit that has just been carried out in New York, aiming at giving concrete actions to face this issue.
In this context, the attention to sustainability has become an essential condition for the companies belonging to textile-apparel industry to establish in international markets. By the way, the companies exhibiting at Filo have already shown for some years a particular awareness of this theme, introducing working processes which reduce the impact on the environment.
Filo – as per its mission of Exhibition oriented to concreteness, professionalism and efficacy – has then decided, during last spring, to launch its sustainability’s project FiloFlow, just to enable exhibitors to highlight the actions they have implemented towards sustainable production processes and products.

FiloFlow’s objectives
FiloFlow is a long-term project of supply chain tracking, aiming at enhancing and increasing the awareness of the companies towards the creation of sustainable production and products, in relation to both environmental and social-ethic profile.

The path
The exhibiting companies received a questionnaire, purposefully studied, containing questions about the company, raw materials that are used, supply chain traceability, energy consumption, chemical management, waste management, environmental monitoring, gained certifications and the implication in social-ethic activities.
The participation in the project of the companies has been on a voluntary basis and based on the self-certification.
The companies which meet the criteria detected by Filo received the FiloFlow logo, which makes them immediately recognizable, among the stands and in the catalogue of the fair; within the Trend Area, it is shown the logo FiloFlow with the list of the companies that participated and a video with the results of the project.

Results
The results are significant and beyond any expectation, both for the number of subscription and for the contents.

The companies with FiloFlow brand
35% of the companies exhibiting at the 52nd edition of Filo participated in FiloFlow; indeed, all 101 companies which exhibited in the edition of September 2019 have been invited to participate. The participants: 35 companies, 28 Italian ones and 7 foreign ones. In particular, 23 spinning mills (66%), 7 spinning and dyeing mills (22%) and 5 dyeing mills (10%). It is important to highlight that 82% of the production is carried out in Italy.

Raw materials and traceability
82% of the companies participating in FiloFlow use also raw materials coming from recycling, before and after the consumption and biomaterials. 96% uses raw materials of certified origin, while 86% of the companies have a certification or have developed a program of traceability of their supply chain.

Energy savings
81% of the companies over the last year purchased (or decided to purchase) new machinery which reduce energy or water consumption and the environmental impact in general.
Compared to the past, 81% of the companies declare to consume less energy.
24% of the companies have a plant of cogeneration and/or for heat recovery.
39% of the companies have an energy plant from renewable energies.
But only 22% of the companies have a plant for heat recovery and only 40% of the companies have an energy plant from renewable energies: it is clear that there’s a lot to improve in this sense, which could be encouraged by favourable policies.
75% of the companies have reduced water consumption compared to the past.

Waste
68% of the companies participating in FiloFlow use or recycle internally production waste of their own production cycle. 72% of them re-sell it to other manufacturing activities.

Chemical management
The question concerning chemical management was something related particularly to dyeing mills: among the ones that participated in FiloFlow, 92% gained a certification in this scope or pursued a program of chemical management.

Social-ethic perspective
75% of the companies have introduced a continuous training plan for employees (not for managers) which go beyond the provisions of law. 40% of the companies have a satisfaction measurement system for employees and 61% carried out their own welfare system dedicated to their employees.
79% of the companies set a system of certification and monitoring of their suppliers, whose 82% is based on indicators that have been shared by the same providers.
89% of the companies appointed an internal responsible for sustainability.

Environmental perspective
44% of the companies have an environmental certification of their own production process or of their products.
74% of the companies don’t have any environmental certification but they have set a monitoring system of emissions and/or discharges.

FiloFlow project is not ending with the 52nd edition, but it continues its path during the next Filo editions.

The 52nd edition of Filo: the sustainability according to FiloFlow

The 52nd edition of Filo: the sustainability according to FiloFlow

The success that FiloFlow, the sustainability project of Filo, has collected among the exhibiting companies of the 52nd edition, is beyond any expectation. FiloFlow, that has been launched last spring, is a long term project of supply chain tracking. Its primary objective is highlighting and enhancing production’s processes and sustainable products carried out by Filo’s exhibitors.

The first results of FiloFlow have been presented today during the first day of the 52nd edition of Filo, which will be held tomorrow at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan. The results outline a reassuring situation of the awareness of the exhibiting companies in relation to a theme that is increasingly at the core of the attention of the world public opinion: globally, this is proven by the UN’s Climate Action Summit that has just been carried out in New York; as far as Italy is concerned, to stay in the city which hosts Filo, it is proven by the Milan Green Week, which is held in these days and which aims at implicating citizens to make the city greener and more sustainable.

Therefore, if consumers and markets are increasingly looking for a ‘sustainable fashion’, the companies which exhibit at Filo are ready to do their part and to meet to these needs, being aware that sustainability could be built just implicating the whole supply chain.
The percentage of exhibitors that participated in FiloFlow project accounts for 35%, whose 82% uses also raw materials coming from recycling, before and after the consumption, biomaterials. From the perspective of supply chain traceability, 96% uses raw materials of certified origin. 81% of the companies over the last year purchased (or decided to purchase) new machinery which reduce energy or water consumption and the environmental impact in general. 81% of the companies declare to consume less energy compared to the past, especially electricity (95%) but also gas (25%). These data are clearly positive, but just 22% of the companies have a plant for heat recovery and just 40% of the companies have an energy plant from renewable companies: it is clear that there’s a lot to improve in this sense. 75% of the companies have reduced water consumption. Chemical management is something related particularly to dyeing mills: among the ones that participated in FiloFlow, 92% gained a certification. 68% of the companies pursued a new approach bringing them to re-use or recycle internally production waste; 72% of them re-sell them to other manufacturing activities.
From the social-ethic perspective, 75% of the companies have introduced a continuous training plan for employees; 40% has a satisfaction measurement system for employees and 61% carried out their own welfare system.
Lot of attention is given to providers too: 79% of the companies set a system of certification and monitoring of their suppliers, whose 82% is based on indicators that have been shared by the same providers. 89% of the companies appointed a responsible for sustainability.
Paolo Monfermoso, responsible for Filo, declares that: ‘We are really satisfied with the results con the first phase of FiloFlow. Subscriptions have gone beyond our expectations, by implicating Italian and foreign exhibitors. As far as contents are concerned, data show how our companies are already aware of the centrality that ‘sustainability’ has for the future of textile-apparel industry. It is important to highlight also the initiative that exhibiting companies launched to improve the conditions of working and the wellness of their employees, consolidating a long tradition of some reality of Italian entrepreneurs. Once more, Filo shows to be a fair which proposes yarns’ excellence, not just as far as quality and innovation are concerned, but also in relation to sustainability’.

Filo no. 52: the flavour of sustainability

Filo no. 52: the flavour of sustainability

Sustainability has many facets. It can be the choice to adopt production processes which minimise the impact on the environment and improve working conditions. Or it can be reflected in the decision of following an ancient tradition of workmanship or the bond with a territory that first of all means knowledge and respect for its peculiarities. However, sustainability runs throughout the 52nd Filo edition (25th-26th of September 2019 at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan), starting of course from the exhibitors’ collections that never as on this occasion propose “sustainable” yarns and materials. This can be seen in the Trend Area of the Exhibition, where the companies which has participated in FiloFlow, the sustainability project of Filo, are immediately recognisable.
And if exhibitors’ collections prove how excellent products come out from the respect for the territory, its traditions and its culture, and precisely because of their features they are able to conquer the most distant markets, the same concepts inspire the daily activity of the companies which support Filo in ensuring the services made available for exhibitors and visitors during the two days of the fair.

Since 1947, tradition and innovation coexist in the heart of Botalla Formaggi products and they come together in a single soul, where the present doesn’t forget the past but, on the contrary, protects it, making it even more perfect and projected to the future. A further example: Che bio!, Botalla organic cheese, whose production is exclusively based on organic milk produced by Piedmont’s zoo-technical firms which breed local races. This milk production is a highly sustainable, in perfect harmony with the environment and with a forage production carried out through a controlled and certified supply chain.

Pasticceria Massera bases its production on old processes and that’s why it defines proudly itself as a “handcrafted firm”. As it was at the beginning, when the founder, Luigi Massera, took the famous torcetti out of the oven for the village’s festivities, the processing excludes preservatives and colouring agents, using a unique mix of dosing and manipulation of absolutely natural ingredients: flower, butter and sugar, the simplest and even the most ordinary things that the cuisine can be offer to the art of confectionery. Since 1920 on, Pasticceria Massera has become a flagship of the Biella’s confectionery’s production, receiving prestigious acknowledgments as the Label of handicraft excellence by Piedmont Region.

During the two days of Filo, there will be of course Birra Menabrea. The famous brand, with more than 170 years of history, has always stood out for strong quality, tradition and culture. At the basis of its international success there is the choice to use the ingredients of the traditional recipe: starting from the quality of waters of Biella Alps, the choice of hops, from yeast stock, from malt. The company is committed in making some important investments in order to ensure an efficient industrial process, in compliance with the strictest standards in terms of quality and environmental compatibility, as proved by the already innovative bottling plant. Birra Menabrea has a traditional soul keeping the same localisation for the headquarters, the original recipe, the very high quality of the ingredients. However, at the same time, it is a reality in continuous evolution, aiming at constant improvements, in every respect. This is why it is the ideal partner of Filo.

As far as water is concerned, at Filo there it has just one name: Lauretana. During its more than 50 years of activity, Lauretana has been able to develop a distinctive position in the international panorama of mineral waters, by choosing a business logic which had always aimed at quality instead of mere profit. Its springs from Monte Rosa, in the Alpine area of the Biella mountains, in an over a thousand metres high uncontaminated territory. To ensure that Lauretana water arrives on the boards as it springs from the mountain, without any treatment or forcing, the production cycle is linked to the weather: in the winter time, when it rains very little and too low temperatures run the risk of freezing the waters, the production slows down. Lauretana has four bottling lines – completely renewed and of the latest generation, with state-of-the-art hygiene control systems: two of them are dedicated to PET bottles (Polyethylene terephthalate, a recyclable, durable and very light material) and the other two are dedicated to glass bottles, with the possibility to manage no-deposit ones, for national and European market, and the deposit-paid ones, for foreign market. The lightest water in Europe for its organoleptic properties goes hand in hand with the work into the booths and the areas dedicated to more relaxed moments at Filo.

Once again for the 52nd Filo edition, the two light-lunches and the buffets for the cocktails following the press conference and the workshop on the 25th of September are prepared by Ramella Banqueting. The proposals by the chef Ivan Ramella are a delight to the palate and combine the attention to food tradition from Biella territory with the research for more and more new recipes, succeeding in combining creativity and tradition consistent with the seasonality and territory’s products. Since 1946, Ramella family has made quality catering an art which gathers professionalism, passion and style of hospitality, as shown, in addition to the banqueting activity, by the various restaurants and activities animated by Ramella family in Biella area.

However, not only high-taste and high-quality food companies collaborate with Filo to make successful the 52nd edition.

V2 is an apparel company from Biella. It is a “young” company considering both vocation and year of foundation. For Filo, V2 has expressly designed the sweatshirts worn by the hostesses and the stewards of the 52nd edition. In the elegant simplicity of the garments – white with the logo of Filo – the company philosophy can be recognized, which rewards the Made in Italy and relies on careful processes. The manual labour that leads to the creation of each V2 garment is indeed a path aimed at distinguishing the company in a market full of products based simply on printings and writings, often trivial. As V2 founders say, in this way “classic moulds, renews, becomes unique”.

Sustainability is the “raw material” of the contribution by Scatolificio Biellese. Firstly, because the raw material of its work – cardboard – is, in general, one of the most recyclable and reusable. But in particular because at the 52nd edition of Filo it provides the containers used to collect the badge cords. The containers are clearly visible, with writings that immediately draw attention and are located at the exit of the exhibition space.

Last but not least, Fondazione Stelline. Indeed, Palazzo delle Stelline is the historic headquarter of Filo, and it has always been very appreciated by exhibitors and visitors for its central position in the city of Milan and the charm of a location rich in light, art and history. It is not by chance that Lombardy Region and Milan Municipality created the Fondazione, in 1986, just to safeguard and enhance the historic Palazzo delle Stelline and foster the cultural, social and economic development of Lombardy and Milan, with an international view.

Two days at Filo: the agenda of the 52nd edition

 

Two days at Filo: the agenda of the 52nd edition

The 52nd Filo edition, the yarns and fibres Exhibition, takes place on the 25th and 26th of September 2019 at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (Corso Magenta 61).

► At 11 am on the 25th of September 2019 press conference for the inauguration of the Exhibition, reserved to the press only – Sala Manzoni at Palazzo delle Stelline (first floor).
In a preview for journalists, Paolo Monfermoso explains the contents of the 52nd Filo edition and comments the first results of FiloFlow, the sustainability project of Filo.
(a light-lunch at FiloLounge follows)

► At 6 pm on the 25th of September 2019 workshop for the official inauguration of Filo “Sustainability: a virtuous process” – Sala Manzoni at Palazzo delle Stelline (first floor).

The speakers are:
– Carlo Piacenza, President of the Unione Industriale Biellese
– Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo
– Alessandra Tortora, ZDHC
– Raffaella Carabelli, Acimit
– Francesco Marconi, Quinto Ampliamento
– Eleonora Giada Pessina, Pirelli sustainability project

(Filo cocktail follows)

► At 2.30 pm on the 26th of September 2019 in the Sala Manzoni at Palazzo delle Stelline (first floor) “Smart yarns: sustainable solutions for tomorrow’s fashion”. A talk together with:
– Andreas Roerich, Director Product Development & Innovation Wolford
– Giusy bettoni, C.L.A.S.S Ceo and Founder

► During the two days of Filo, a delegation of foreign buyers and journalists – invited by Filo in cooperation with ITA-Agency – visit the exhibition. The delegation is made of operators representing important companies from France, Great Britain, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, the US.

► During the two days of Filo, the FiloLounge – located on the first floor of Palazzo delle Stelline – is always open. FiloLounge is reserved exclusively to exhibitors and the press; it is a place where to relax for a while, thanks to the cafeteria and light lunches service made available by the organisation.

► Everything occurring at Filo during the two days of the 52nd edition is narrated live on the social media: enter the accounts of Filo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and you will discover the Exhibition under a new perspective.

Green light to the 52nd edition of Filo

Green light to the 52nd edition of Filo

The 52nd edition of Filo, the international yarns and fibres’ Exhibition, opens today at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (Corso Magenta 61). The fair will close tomorrow, on the 26th of September 2019. Filo is opened from 9am to 6pm during the first day and from 9am to 5 pm during the second one.
Filo exhibitors present very high-quality yarns, which are intended for the top-of-the-range products and which are produced by companies whose imperative is research and innovation.

Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, states: «The 52nd Filo edition is focused on sustainability, a crucial issue for the future of the textile industry and one which Filo – and the participating companies – have been focused on for several years. The theme runs throughout the whole Exhibition, starting from the Trend Area, where the exhibiting companies that joined FiloFlow, the sustainability project we launched last edition, will be immediately recognisable. During the two days of fairs, there will be discuss thoroughly about sustainability: first of all, during the workshop held on the first day of Filo, which is entitled “Sustainability: a virtuous process”. On that occasion, we will show the results of the first stage of FiloFlow. It is a project to trace the supply chain, which aims to highlight and enhance the sustainable production processes and products made by Filo’s exhibitors. The exhibiting companies have fully understood the FiloFlow goals and have joined it with great conviction. Sustainability will also be discussed in the second day round table – “Smart Yarns: spinning sustainable solutions for the fashion of tomorrow”. There we will look at the issue from the point of view of the apparel producers, to understand their needs and requests to companies upstream of the supply chain.»

Monfermoso continues: «The supply chain approach followed for FiloFlow has always distinguished Filo actions; it is the constant through which we have faced the different themes of the textile-apparel industry. It is not a coincidence that during the past years, Filo has broadened the collaborations that contributed to its growth, both in terms of number of exhibitors and visitors and in terms of its increasing role in the international textile scene. I refer first of all to the collaborations with ITA-Agency, Sistema Moda Italia and Milano Unica and now with Acimit too, which have given and continue to give excellent results, as it is shown for example by the growing interest about Filo’s presence in the Trend Area of Milano Unica. And this is clearly demonstrated by the delegation of foreign buyers present at each edition of Filo thanks to the agreement with ITA-Agency. The delegation visiting the 52nd edition of Filo is made up of buyers from France, Great Britain, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, the US: as usual, they have been identified and invited by interpreting the market needs of the exhibiting companies. We are therefore confident that we have laid the foundations for a 52nd edition of Filo that responds, as usual, to the needs and expectations both of exhibitors and visitors.»

For the 52nd edition of Filo, product development proposals carried out by Gianni Bologna, manager of Filo for creativity and style of the Exhibition, are inspired by “Metamorphosis”. Gianni Bologna explains: «Metamorphosis seem to represent the maximum possible degree of harmony and we have chosen it as the title in order to highlight the idea of permeation and interaction and symbiosis between human and non-human presences of this planet. Many different textile materials are involved, and their combinations aim at creating “moving” or crinkly surfaces where even warp patterns are preferably in union with presence of elastomers or elements that anyway can somehow slightly ‘distort’ the recurring regular pace of the design and the structure of thread and fabric.»

52nd edition of Filo: the first results of FiloFlow

52a edizione di Filo: presentati i primi risultati di FiloFlow

I primi risultati del progetto FiloFlow sono stati presentati oggi a Filo, nel corso del workshop “Sostenibilità: un processo virtuoso”.

Perché FiloFlow
Il tema della sostenibilità e del contrasto al cambiamento climatico è al centro dell’attenzione in tutto il mondo. Basta dire che a New York si è appena concluso il Climate Action Summit dell’Onu, che si proponeva l’obiettivo di indicare azioni concrete per affrontare la questione.
In questo contesto, l’attenzione alla sostenibilità è diventata per le aziende del tessile-abbigliamento una condizione imprescindibile per affermarsi sui mercati internazionali.
D’altra parte, le aziende che espongono a Filo hanno dimostrato già da anni una particolare sensibilità al tema, introducendo processi di lavorazione che riducono l’impatto sull’ambiente.
Filo – come è nella sua mission di Salone orientato alla concretezza, professionalità ed efficacia – ha perciò deciso, nella primavera scorsa, di lanciare il suo progetto di sostenibilità FiloFlow, proprio per permettere agli espositori di mettere in evidenza le azioni da loro intraprese verso processi di produzione e prodotti sostenibili.

Obiettivi di FiloFlow
FiloFlow è un progetto di tracciatura della filiera, di lungo periodo, che ha l’obiettivo di valorizzare e accrescere la sensibilità delle aziende verso la realizzazione di sistemi di produzione e prodotti sostenibili, sia sotto il profilo ambientale che etico-sociale.

Il percorso
Alle aziende espositrici è stato inviato un questionario, appositamente studiato, che conteneva domande sull’azienda, sulle materie prime utilizzate, sulla tracciabilità di filiera, sui consumi energetici, sul chemical management, sulla gestione degli scarti, sul monitoraggio ambientale, sulle certificazioni ottenute e sul coinvolgimento in attività etico-sociali.
La partecipazione al progetto da parte delle imprese è stata volontaria e basata sull’autocertificazione.
Alle aziende che rispondono ai criteri individuati da Filo è stato assegnato il logo FiloFlow, che le rende immediatamente riconoscibili, negli stand e sul catalogo del Salone; nell’Area Tendenze, ritorna il logo FiloFlow con l’elenco delle aziende che vi hanno aderito e un filmato che illustra i risultati del progetto.

I risultati
I risultati sono significativi e sono andati al di là delle aspettative, sia per numero di adesioni sia per i contenuti.

Le aziende a marchio FiloFlow
A FiloFlow ha aderito il 35 per cento delle aziende che espongono alla 52a edizione di Filo.
Sono state invitate a partecipare, infatti, le 101 aziende che espositrici di settembre 2019.
Hanno aderito 35 aziende, 28 italiane e 7 straniere. Si tratta di 23 filature (66%), 7 imprese di filatura e tintoria (22%) e 5 tintorie (10%).
Da sottolineare che l’82% della produzione avviene in Italia.

Materie prime e tracciabilità
L’82% delle aziende che aderiscono a FiloFlow utilizza anche materie prime originate da riciclo, pre e post-consumo, biomateriali. E il 96% usa materie prime di origine certificata. Mentre l’86% delle aziende ha una certificazione oppure ha sviluppato un programma di tracciabilità della propria filiera.

Risparmi energetici
L’81 per cento delle aziende nell’ultimo anno ha acquistato (o deciso di acquistare) nuovi macchinari che riducono i consumi di energia o acqua e in generale l’impatto ambientale.
Rispetto al passato, sempre l’81% delle aziende dichiara di consumare meno energia.
Il 24% possiede un impianto di cogenerazione e/o recupero di calore
Il 39% possiede un impianto di energia da fonti rinnovabili.
Ma solo il 22% delle imprese ha un impianto per il recupero di calore e solo il 40% un impianto di energia da fonti rinnovabili: è evidente che qui ci sono ampi margini di miglioramento, che potrebbero essere incentivati con opportune politiche.
Quanto all’acqua, ne ha ridotto il consumo rispetto al passato il 75% delle aziende.

Rifiuti
Il 68% delle imprese che partecipano a FiloFlow usa o ricicla internamente gli scarti di lavorazione del proprio ciclo produttivo. Il 72% rivende ad altre attività manifatturiere i propri scarti di lavorazione.

Gestione degli agenti chimici
La domanda sul chemical management era rivolta in particolare alle tintorie. Il 92% delle tintorie che ha aderito a FiloFlow ha ottenuto una certificazione in questo ambito oppure ha messo a punto un programma di chemical management.

Profilo etico-sociale
Il 75% delle aziende ha introdotto piani di formazione continua dei propri dipendenti (non dei manager) che vanno al di là delle prescrizioni di legge. Il 40% ha un sistema di misurazione della soddisfazione dei propri dipendenti e il 61% ha realizzato un sistema di welfare dedicato ai propri dipendenti.
Il 79% ha un sistema di certificazione e monitoraggio dei propri fornitori, che nell’82% dei casi si basa su indicatori condivisi dagli stessi fornitori
L’89% ha individuato una persona al suo interno quale responsabile della sostenibilità.

Profilo ambientale
Il 44% delle aziende ha una certificazione di tipo ambientale del proprio ciclo produttivo o del proprio prodotto
Il 74% delle aziende che non hanno una certificazione ambientale, ha comunque approntato un monitoraggio delle emissioni e/o degli scarichi

Il progetto FiloFlow non si esaurisce con la 52a edizione, ma prosegue il suo percorso nelle prossime edizioni di Filo.

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.

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