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Santoni honoured at China Awards 2011 Print
Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Milan - Santoni Spa, part of the Lonati Group has been honoured with a major prize at the China Awards 2011 in the category ?Creatori di Valore? in the Textile Machines category.

WInners of the prize are selected by an authoritative jury from the Italy-China Foundation, presided over by one of Italy's most famous, elderly dignitaries, Cesare Romiti, and is awarded to companies, institutions and personalities, both Italian and Chinese, who have ?made the best of the opportunities offered by the economic and cultural relations between Italy and China.?

In particular, the ?Creatori di Valore? prize is dedicated to those Italian Companies who have accomplished the best performances with China working in regions and business sectors of high export growth.

With Mr Ettore Lonati, President of the Lonati Groupo, and Mr Tiberio Lonati, CEO of Santoni, both in China for the vital Yiwu Exhibition, a key exhibition in the sock and hosiery machine and seamless knitting machine sector, the prize was awarded to their brother, Mr. Fausto Lonati, Chief Executive of the Group.

The sixth edition of the China Awards was organised by the Italy-China Foundation in partnership with business newspaper, Milano Finanza and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China, as well as the patronage of the Italo-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Italian Ministries of Economic Development, Foreign Affairs and the Environment, and the cooperation of Bank Intesa, Sanpaolo and Wind.

In total, seven categories of prizes were assigned in the presence of H E the Ambassador of China to Italy and other honorary guests in front of an audience of 250 entrepreneurs at a charity dinner at the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan.

The proceeds of the dinner were donated to the LifeLine Express project, a hospital-train that travels to the most remote regions of China to cure optical cataracts, an illness that afflicts more than 400,000 persons in China each year, including children

?The Santoni Company in China, Santoni-Shanghai, was established in 2004 following a decision by the Lonati brothers who always saw China as an enormous development opportunity and never as a menace to be defensive about,? the company said in a statement. ?Up to then, the various companies of the family Group had reached considerable levels of exports to the ?Land of the Dragon? but the vigorous dynamicism of the local customers and the unceasing Chinese growth led to the feeling that despite their high commercial presence in that area, more should be done.