Brescia –The entire hosiery supply chain, including suppliers of yarns, knitting machinery, finishing technology, services and accessories, will meet at the Brixia Forum in Brescia, Italy, next week for FIMAST 2021.
The show, organised by the Italian Exhibition Group, will take place from October 19-22 and will feature a range of new products, innovative services and advanced technological solutions for hosiery and sock manufacturers.
Among the confirmed exhibitors will be numerous leading companies from the textile machinery industry, a 'Made in Italy' sector strongly characterized by innovation which in 2020 reached a turnover of €1.8 billion. This vibrant sector also accounts for around 12,900 employees across the region from about 300 different companies, mostly concentrated in the Brescia district, according to the latest data from ACIMIT - the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machinery for the Textile Industry.
Among these will be Lonati Group, a world leader in the textile machinery sector, whose machines cover almost all of the world production of women's socks and 60 per cent of men's and children's socks. The Brescia group will be at the fair with two companies: Lonati, the manufacturer of hosiery machines that boasts the largest range of systems for the sector on the market, and Santoni, a global leader in electronic circular machines for seamless clothing, which satisfies 95 per cent of the world demand for seamless underwear, sportswear, beachwear, outerwear, medicalwear and knitwear. At the show, Santoni will present new technologies for the production of three-dimensional, seamless, plain and terry structured socks with the possibility of inlay closed toe.
Also on display will be Cesare Colosio, a Brescia-based company which has been in the sock machinery business for 60 years. At FIMAST, Colosio will demonstrate its latest machine for the production of 3D inlay footwear.
This, says Colosio, is a "revolutionary" technology that allows you to create, in a single step and without wasting raw material, an upper with holes, eyelets and laces, without seams, using an infinite combination of yarn types and colours.
The uppers are said to be suitable for the most diverse sports disciplines, from running to football and climbing. Colosio has obtained seven different patents on mechanical systems and textile processes to produce the upper, in order to protect its know-how in Italy and abroad, where it exports 95 per cent of its production.
Also present at the IEG exhibition will be Autotex Italia, a leader on the international market in the production of ironing machines and industrial packaging for the hosiery sector. The Borgosatollo-based company, designs and manufactures a wide range of packaging machines for textile items, as well as components related to the biomedical, cosmetic and automotive sectors. The company, which exports mainly to China and the United States, offers flexible and customized automation solutions based on customer needs.
The yarn sector, historically connected to the nearby Mantua district, will also supply a number of its leading companies to the show. These include Sina Filati Fashion Yarn, which markets quality yarns for the hosiery, knitwear, underwear and seamless sectors. At FIMAST, Sina Filati will present spool yarns of any fabric and colour produced at its colour development laboratory with proprietary dyeing, along with a number of finished products such as knitwear, hosiery and sneaker uppers, including those made with eco-friendly nylon or polyester yarns from pre-consumer (related to the production process) and post-consumer (obtained from the product at the end of its life) recycling processes.
FIMAST, the international tradeshow dedicated to the entire hosiery industry is a biennial B2B event now in its fifth edition. It will be held in the Brixia Forum Expo Center in Brescia (Italy). Opening hours are from Tuesday October 19th, 2021 to Thursday October 21st, 2021 from 9am to 6pm; and Friday October 22nd, 2021 from 9am to 2 pm.
The show will take place under the maximum safety levels, thanks to the application of the #SAFEBUSINESS by IEG protocol and GBAC STAR accreditation by IEG, the global program for international standards of cleaning, sanitation, and prevention of infectious risks for staff in exhibition environments. Furthermore, with “SAFE TRAVEL”, IEG will provide timely and constant information assistance on rules and obligations that international visitors and exhibitors must comply with when entering Italy.