Itema: The best-in-class weaving
machines, made in Italy
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.
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.
The Itema R9500p, engineered for high speed and maximum
In the past, as part of Radici group, one of the
biggest conglomerates in Italy with more than one billion Euro
annual turnover, Itema had now 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 solutions.
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
Mr. Carlo Rogora, CEO, Itema.
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.
Itema and Noon International team at IGATEX 2017, Karachi.
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.