Best-in-Class weaving machines Made in
Itema Group, within few years, has
gained a sound reputation as one of the leading and most
innovative manufacturers of advanced weaving machines. This
comes from the successful merger and acquisitions over the years
of legendary brands in the textile machinery industry, such as
Somet, Sulzer and Vamatex.
Carlo Rogora, CEO.
Headquartered in Northern Italy’s Bergamo area, in the
Seriana Valley – the historic cradle of the Italian textile
industry - the company is uniquely positioned as the only
manufacturer in the world to provide all three top weft
insertion technologies: rapier, airjet and projectile.
The roots of Itema trace back to the entrepreneurial vision
of the Radici family - one of the most successful Italian
business dynasties. Mr. Gianni Radici (declared a Master of
Labor for his lifelong career) built this company through key
partnerships and acquisitions, and since 1967, the company is
at the pinnacles of the worldwide textile engineering industry.
With more than 800 employees worldwide, two world-class
production sites in Italy, one in Switzerland and an assembly
line in China, as well as a worldwide presence with commercial,
after-sales and training centers in Italy, Switzerland, China,
India, Japan, USA, Hong Kong and Dubai, Itema is today the
largest privately held multinational company in its sector.
Part of Radici group, one of the biggest conglomerates in
Italy with more than one billion Euro annual turnover, Itema
implemented major structural strategies and significant
investments in R&D, strongly believing that the key to be
successful is to differentiate from the competition by providing
breakthrough, tailor-made and highly innovative weaving
The company’s CEO, Carlo Rogora, in charge since the end of
2011 and coming from high-level experiences in multinational
companies, such as Pirelli SpA, contributed to the establishment
of a modern, international, technologically advanced and agile
company, which is able to position itself as a leader in the
worldwide weaving industry.
The results speak for themselves: since 2012, Itema has
managed to double its sales of weaving machines, growing every
year despite market volatility and difficult operating
The essential ingredients of the success achieved by Itema
have been the choices to rely on the craftsmanship and know-how
of its workers and to focus on the excellence of Made in Italy,
with the deep reorganization of production facilities, applying
the latest lean manufacturing concepts, leading the company to
optimize and maximize production processes, increase
productivity and set new quality standards.
Itema also stands out from the competitive landscape due to
its flagship twin R&D departments: out of which one, ItemaLab,
is fully dedicated to the development of the "loom of the
future." Therein lies the company's added value: the continuous
research to meet, exceed and anticipate the needs of the most
demanding weavers worldwide, providing the market with
innovative weaving machines which ensure top fabric quality,
reliability and the highest performance.
In 2016, Itema was awarded the prestigious Italian
Mechatronics Award, beating four other finalists shortlisted.
The Scientific Committee chose Itema for its visionary
implementation of mechatronic solutions which are enabling
advancements through the development of high-tech innovative
weaving machinery solutions.
In addition to constantly improving the technological content
of its weaving machines, Itema believes that the future lies in
the hands of the younger generations. The company has recently
implemented a 12-month hands-on training programme, Itema
Academy, which provides the very best of Itema’s
expertise and resources to a pool of promising young graduates,
thus giving them the opportunity to cultivate their talent and
turn it into a successful career.
Itema delivers every year its best-in-class weaving machines
in more than 50 countries around the world, including Pakistan,
forging ahead with the excellence of the Made in Italy brand in
the field of advanced weaving solutions.u
Editor's note: Somet and Vamatex brands, including
Sulzer have been present in Pakistan for many decades. Pakistan
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