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Report | July 2017

Santex Rimar joins drive to lay Future Textile Road

The Forum represented a unique opportunity for Santex Rimar Group to join and promote a strategic initiative: for the first time an Italian machine manufacturer has gathered some of the most important players to explore the future growth of the textile industry.

Santex Rimar Group, Leading Group Office for Development of Employment-Centered Textile and Apparel Industry in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and China Textile Information Centre, jointly organised FUTURE TEXTILE ROAD – The future of the new textile industry: a dialogue between Xinjiang, China and Europe, a Forum which retraces the Silk Road to open a new dialogue between the Asian continent and the Mediterranean Sea.

The aim of the event is to build an innovative platform for the future development of the global high-end textile industry and the long-term construction of the cooperation system between different countries aligned with The Belt and Road Initiative.

“According to the ten-year plan, by 2023, Xinjiang will build China largest cotton textile production base and the largest garment export processing base. Moreover, Urumqi will turn into a fashion capital of Central Asia”, said Zhao Qing, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Vice Chairman.

Gao Yong, China Textile Industry Federation Party Secretary and Secretary General, pointed out that the Forum is expected to create an efficient platform for international cooperation, build closer and stronger network of partners, promote textile industry exchanges at a wider and higher level.

“Xinjiang has become one of the most competitive and rapidly developing textile zone in China, even compared with Vietnam and other regions of Southeast Asia. The industry output value is planned to increase from 30 billion RMB in 2014 to 400 billion RMB in 2023. Xinjiang is the nearest region of China to Europe with the shortest and less expensive transport time: international freight train through Xinjiang takes only 12 days to Germany. By 2023, Xinjiang will become the largest cotton textile industry base of China and the most important clothing export base in Western China”, explained Liang Yong, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region People’s Government Deputy Secretary General, Xinjiang Textile and Apparel Employment Leading Group Office Director.

“We are here to open a new dialogue between Xinjiang, China and Europe: “Future Textile Road” stays for brand-new connections which are being established between different Countries and Regions. We want to continue to prove our commitment to the Chinese textile industry with this new important milestone in Xinjiang. Xinjiang definitely represents a great opportunity for the global textile industry”, replied Ferdinando Businaro, Santex Rimar Group President.

Stefano Gallucci, CEO, Santex Rimar Group, added: “Santex Rimar Group wants to join The Belt and Road initiative. We want to bring our know-how and experience in providing solutions for the textile industry and help customers become successful.”

Giovanni Bonotto, Creative Director, Bonotto; Cheng Yingfen, Designer Director, Xinjiang Atlas Research and Development Promotion Center; Francesco Dalla Rovere, President, Sinv Holding; Arthur Huang, CEO and Founder, Miniwiz; Pietro Pin, Head of New Technologies Research and Development, Benetton Group; Cristiano Seganfreddo, Artistic Director, Krizia; Su Xiao, President, Shangdong Ruyi Group; Sun Weiting, Chairman, Huafu Top Dyed Melange Yarn Co, Ltd; Calvin Woolley, Global Supplier Development Leader – Textiles Category Area, Ikea; gave a speech during the first day of the forum.

Forum contents shifted from Ikea commitment to sustainability and new materials to Bonotto example of producing high quality fabrics for the most important fashion brands of the world; from cutting-edge Chinese textile companies such as Ruyi and Huafu to the high-performance applications of recycled materials of Miniwiz.

The essence of the dialogue between Xinjiang, China and Europe was perfectly represented by the Forum special content: ZHUCHONGYUN COLLECTION designed and curated by Zhu Chongyun, Founder of Marisfrolg Group, Board Chairman of Marisfrolg and Creative Director.

Thanks to a unique expression of style Zhuchongyun is aiming to develop fashion into art with no distinction between the East and West. The displayed collection, named East & West Melody, combines and reshapes traditional East cultural elements with Western contemporary design techniques.

Gao Yong, China Textile Industry Federation Party Secretary and Secretary General; Yang Zhaohua, Vice president of China Textile Industry Federation, China Chairman of the China Textile Industry Association; Peng Yanli, Deputy Secretary-General of China Textile Industry Association; Qiao Yanjin, President of China Textile Industry Association, Director of Productivity Promotion Department of China Textile Industry Association, Director of China Textile Information Center were among the almost 200 people who attended the first day of the Forum.

The event represented a unique opportunity for Santex Rimar Group to join and promote a strategic initiative: for the first time an Italian machine manufacturer has gathered some of the most important players to explore the future growth of the textile industry.

As Cristiano Seganfreddo, Artistic Director of Krizia, said during his speech: “Creativity is the new weaving machine. The yarns of this loom are dialogue between different cultures, technology, art, design, sustainability and cultural engagement. For future textile roads we need to weave new ideas and not only physical yarns!.”

Leading Group Office for Development of Employment-Centered Textile and Apparel Industry in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is a coordinating body established for the implementation of the strategic planning which is set up by the Chinese Central Government, namely, one million employment program in Xinjiang (2014-2023).

The China Textile Information Center (CTIC) is an authoritative information and consulting services organisation in China’s textile industry and also the largest comprehensive research and public service organization of the industry. CTIC is dedicated to pushing forward the development, transformation and upgrading of textile industry; promoting the spread and application of textile technology and cultural creativities; supporting closer integration of the textile industry with fashion industry, cultural and creative industry and information industry as well as emerging industries of strategic importance; and helping Chinese textile and apparel enterprises improving their product quality, market presence and international competitiveness.

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