We proudly present that MTC participated as one of the 120 leading exhibitors in FILO International Yarns Exhibition – 52nd edition. Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, stated: “The 52nd edition of Filo has closed with positive outcome, that should be particularly appreciated since it has been reached in a not particularly favorable economic context. This edition registered 120 exhibitors and the number of visitors was in line with the edition held in September 2018.”
The 52nd edition focused on sustainability, as shown by the exhibitors’ proposals and by FiloFlow, the sustainability project of Filo. Mr. Monfermoso commented: “The number of exhibitors (35%) who participated in FiloFlow has exceeded our expectations, and this proves the attention of our exhibitors to the issue. We decided to launch FiloFlow to give visibility and enhance sustainable production processes and products carried out by Filo exhibitors. It is the market that requires, with constantly greater insistence, a sustainable and traceable textile-apparel supply chain. Sustainability, as we understand it, should be referred both to the environmental scope and the social and ethic one and it is a serious and continuous commitment. In addition, the responses of the companies to FiloFlow questionnaire allowed us to detect the points that can be improved and the work to continue in the future.”
Carlo Piacenza, president of the Unione Industriale Biellese, opened the work, going into the fundamental question: “Sustainability shouldn’t be just a commercial attitude, a cosmetic one. The sustainability that we are promoting, the one that has always been at the core of our companies, aims at the respect for the territory where we live and it is built in the R&D departments, through technological innovation“.
The first results of FiloFlow have been presented during the first day of the 52nd edition of Filo.
The percentage of exhibitors that participated in FiloFlow accounts for 35%. The 82% of them uses also raw materials coming from recycling, before and after the consumption, biomaterials. From the perspective of supply chain traceability, 96% uses raw materials of certified origin. Over the last year 81% of the companies purchased (or decided to purchase) new machinery which reduce energy or water consumption and the environmental impact in general. 81% of the companies declares to consume less energy compared to the past, especially electricity (95%) but also gas (25%). These data are clearly positive, but just 22% of the companies has a plant for heat recovery and just 40% of the companies has an energy plant from renewable companies: it is clear that there’s much to improve in this sense. 75% of the companies has reduced water consumption. Chemical management is something related particularly to dyeing mills: among the ones that participated in FiloFlow, 92% gained a certification. 68% of the companies pursued a new approach bringing them to re-use or recycle internally production waste; 72% of them re-sell them to other manufacturing activities.
From the social-ethic perspective, 75% of the companies has introduced a continuous training plan for employees; 40% has a satisfaction measurement system for employees and 61% carried out their own welfare system.
Much attention is given to providers too: 79% of the companies has set a system of certification and monitoring of their suppliers; for the 82% of them is based on indicators shared with the same providers. 89% of the companies appointed a responsible for sustainability.