The Colombian textile and garment industries are among the most important ones in America, above all with respect to the fashion sector. Thanks to a number of trade agreements with neighboring countries, as well as with the world’s two major apparel markets (the U.S. and EU), the industry has made further progress in recent years.
At the upcoming edition of Colombiatex, the country’s main textile trade fair in Medellin from January 23rd to 25th, 2018, Italy’s textile machinery manufacturers will once again play a prominent role. Twenty-four companies will be exhibiting their latest technology in the common area set up by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers.
Among Italian companies exhibiting at the common exhibition space are the following ACIMIT members: Beschi, Beta, Biancalani, BTSR, Caipo, Carù, Durst, Fadis, Itema, Laip, Mactec, Marzoli, MCS, Monti-Mac, Noseda, Ratti, Reggiani, Salvadè, Santex Rimar Group, Simet, Smit and Tecnorama.
Interest on the part of Italy’s textile machinery industry for the Colombian market comes from the ongoing demand for technological updates among local manufacturers. Italian exports to the region in 2016 rose to a value of 13 million euro. Over the first six months of 2017, sales of Italian textile machinery to this market exceeded 6 million euro. Among Made-in-Italy production technology, the greatest demand among Colombian textile and garments manufacturers is for finishing machinery (58% of the total) and spinning machinery (16%).