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TEX-MED Clusters ended: an outlook to the future

31 12 2015

TEX-MED Clusters ended: an outlook to the future

The legacy of the project and the activity of Mediterranean Desk in a next future.

Brands Access to International Markets 21st-22nd October 2015

21 10 2015

Brands Access to International Markets 21st-22nd October 2015

JGATE hosted a two days initiative focused on market access facilitation for Mediterranean brands.

Guided Visit to ITMA Fair

16 11 2015

Guided Visit to ITMA Fair

In the frame of our CBC initiative “Training for technological upgrading”, Unione Industriale Pratese organized a guided visit to ITMA Fair in Milan.

Networking Event on Clustering: Big Opportunities, More Competitiveness

17 11 2015

Networking Event on Clustering: Big Opportunities, More Competitiveness

A networking event to show the opportunities of the Mediterranean Hyper-Cluster for the TC companies.

Forum for Capitalization-Alexandria

01 12 2015

Forum for Capitalization-Alexandria

The partner GACIC organized the Capitalization Forum at Helnan Palestine Hotel in Alexandria, final milestone event of the Project, together with Sustexnet and Meditexprojects.

Strategic immersion seminar on the Catalan and Mediterranean technical textiles clusters

24 11 2015

Strategic immersion seminar on the Catalan and Mediterranean technical textiles clusters

The partner TEXFOR organised a seminar at the Hotel La Mola in Terrassa to analyse and discuss challenges of the Catalan and Mediterranean TT clusters within our CBC initiative on the Mediterranean Cross Border Cooperation in the field of technical textiles.

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Prato - Toscana - Italy

Essentials

Prato is one of the largest and oldest T/C cluster in the World. It began to specialize in wool textiles in the Middle Age. The cluster evolved to a modern industrial area at the end of 19th century.

During the first decade of the new century Prato’s textile industry underwent a serious downsizing losing that part of its output addressed to the medium-low end of the market but keeping its strength in the higher value-added production. Of course Prato suffered also the 2007-2009 recession and the downturn that has been concerning the domestic market since the second half of 2011.

However, looking at the structural aspects, the wealth of expertise and organizational skills that Prato’s has developed over the years seem hardly assailable by the new competitors. Today, Prato still maintains a leading position in Europe in the production yarns and fabrics for the fashion industry.

     
1 Number of enterprises in the T/C Industry (latest figures): 6.495
2 Total turnover of T/C Industry (latest figures) 4.415 mil. €
3 3. Total local employment direct T/C industry (latest figures) 34.746
4 Estimation of Total indirect employment 58.000
5 Exports 2.446 mil.€
6 Exports areas: Europe 75% ; Asia 16% (of which Hong Kong and China 9%).

Specialization

Prato has a very diversified T/C industry. Prevailing products (50%) are woven and knitted fabrics for apparel industry from wool and other natural and synthetic fibres.

Other relevant products are: Apparel and knitwear (25% of total turnover), Yarns for weaving and knitwear (15%), Special fabrics (fur, bonded, technical, pile….) for apparel, upholstery and footwear industries, carpets and nonwoven fabrics (10%).

Distinctive skills and/or competences

  • the ability to offer constant creativity and fast reaction times to the requirements of the market
  • the capacity to propose top-quality articles with a high fashion content
  • strong entrepreneurial resources
  • an integrated textile chain with, in every stage of the entire textile cycle, hundreds of small-medium specialized companies:
  • strong internal competition tempered with spread cooperative attitudes
  • high level of trust that help to create informal but strong business networks and cut transaction costs
  • the know-how and facilities in carded wool processing

For more details about companies of this cluster : www.confindustria.prato.it