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Brescia - The Italian Exhibition Group, organisers of the successful FIMAST exhibition, which features manufacturers of machinery and other equipment for the sock, hosiery and finishing industries, have confirmed that the show will now take place in October 2021.

The event will take place from 19 - 22 October at the Brixia Forum in Brescia, the city at the heartland of the industry's textile machinery sector and close to Mantua, where many yarn and hosiery factories are located. The show will once again act as an ideal meeting point for both Italian and overseas professional visitors to discover the latest developments in this fast moving sector.

The new dates follow the cancellation of the May 2020 edition, which was unable to take place following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally rescheduled for April of this year, the exhibition will cover a range of sectors including footwear, preparatory machines, yarns and hosiery accessories, circular hosiery knitting machines, linking, sewing and assembly machines, dyeing and finishing machines, packaging machines and accessories, computer equipment, control systems and other services.

"For the restart of the sector, the fifth edition of the international biennial event - from 2019 in the IEG exhibition portfolio of events - will gather yarns, production technologies, machinery and finished products, services and accessories in the Brescia exhibition centre," organisers said. "It will be the first opportunity for Italian and international operators, after the forced stop due to the pandemic, to reconnect with the market to develop the business and discuss the future, finally live and in presence, with all the protagonists of innovation and most significant market trends.

"On stage, therefore, new products such as “seamless” that caters to the technical sports sector, the knitted shoe, a footwear born from the encounter between shoe factories and hosiery factories, or solutions for the healthcare sector."

The show will also host FIMAST Connect a new digital development opportunity for exhibitors which will be available from April. "In a rapidly evolving scenario, the format will combine the physical presence of Italian and foreign exhibitors and buyers at the event, with FIMAST Connect, an advanced business matching platform to facilitate the interaction with international operators unable to reach Italy for any mobility restrictions still in place," IEG said. "Starting from the month of April, the new tool developed by IEG will provide exhibitors not only with an easy solution to organise the agenda of business meetings both in person and remotely, but also with an online showcase to present their news on international markets through numerous features. In fact, companies will be able to organise webinars, presentations and training meetings."

FIMAST has also partnered with the Centro Servizi Calza (CSC) and the Associazione Distretto Calza e Intimo (A.DI.CI.) which will offer an analysis the industrial and economic scenarios of textile machinery. According to the latest data available from 2018, national textile production reached €2.5 billion in value, with a significant contribution from the approximately 330 companies and 10,000 workers employed in the Mantua district alone (Castelgoffredo). In 2019, the export value of hosiery was €480 million.

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