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New owners promise enhanced visitor experience at FIMAST

New owner, Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), which acquired the event just last year, reports that it is planning an enhanced visitor experience for this year’s event

12th March 2020

Knitting Industry
 |  Brescia, Italy



The leading show for the hosiery manufacturing industry FIMAST, will take place from 27-30 May in Brescia, Italy. New owner, Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), which acquired the event just last year, reports that it is planning an enhanced visitor experience for this year’s event.

“For the fifth edition of FIMAST, in addition to technological excellence - from machinery and yarns to hosiery - there will be training and updating, with a focus on sustainability,” IEG says. A partnership with Centro Servizi Calze (CSC) and the manufacturers’ organisation A. DI.CI. for industrial and economic sector scenarios, has been developed.

“The hosiery supply chain is found at FIMAST 2020, the international event scheduled in the Brescia Brixia Forum exhibition centre (Italy) from 27 to 30 May, in the heart of the two Italian districts of the sector - Brescia for the textile machinery for hosiery and Mantua for the yarns and hosiery,” IEG says.

The biennial appointment, which in 2019 was acquired by Italian Exhibition Group, will be an opportunity for Italian and international operators to discuss the key issues and the main market trends, and understand how the Italian districts will evolve in the coming years, IEG adds. “From technological and product innovations such as seamless, also extended to the technical sports sector, and the knitted shoe, the ‘sock shoe’ which has given way to a new closer connection between footwear and hosiery, to the development of the healthcare segment,” it adds.

“Confirmed the presence of hosiery factories, the formula that IEG has chosen this year focuses on collaboration with two fundamental observers for the hosiery sector: the Centro Servizi Calza (CSC) and the Associazione Distretto Calza e Intimo (A.DI.CI.) with which the updating meeting program will be developed and open to all visiting operators.”

“FIMAST 2020 will put the issue of sustainability first among the current and future challenges of the companies in the fashion and accessories sector, as a starting point for a new development of the event, in support of the entire system to meet the needs of an increasingly growing market. global and increasingly aware and attentive consumers.”

“In addition to a new approach to the contents offered to Italian and international buyers, the event will present itself with a renewed layout to encourage business meetings between operators in the sector. The collaboration with institutions, sector magazines and universities will complete the calendar of events to enhance matchmaking opportunities.”

IEG reminds visitors of the strength and heritage of the Italian textile machinery sector. “The textile machinery is a sector that has a strong tradition in the Italian manufacturing system. National production, with around 300 companies and 12,000 employees, in 2018 reached EUR 2.5 billion in value. As many as 83% of the machinery produced in Italy is exported to around 130 countries: ranging from spinning machines to dyeing machines, through maintenance and, of course, hosiery.”

The slight decrease of 1% in production compared to 2017 and 2% in exports was offset by a 6% increase in domestic sales also supported by the Industry 4.0 technological innovation plan (ACIMIT data). In 2018 the export value of hosiery was EUR 486 million euros (CERSI elaboration on ITC data).


Brixia Forum Expo Center in Brescia, Italy

27-30 May 2020

Opening hours:

09.00 – 18.00, from Wednesday to Friday

09.00 – 14.00 Saturday

“Unique in Italy for the sector, it offers the latest world news on textile machines for socks. Thanks to the presence of large hosiery factories, it opens scenarios for the major yarn producers in the key districts of this sector in Italy: in Brescia, the headquarters of the main machinery district for this type of article, and in Mantua for the finished product,” IEG concludes.

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