Pakistan remains one of the most important markets for Italian
Italy is one of the most important trading partners of
Pakistan that holds great promise for future growth of the
business. Strong and long term ties between the textile industry
of Pakistan and the Italian textile machinery are perfect
examples of such a partnership. Italian companies are providing
state of the art textile machinery for all sectors of the
textile industry, including spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing
and finishing. While Pakistan’s spinning sector is facing
difficulties these days, the value added sectors of weaving,
dyeing, finishing and printing and apparel processing
technologies are greatly benefitting from the Italian technology
to achieve high-value addition required to compete in the global
The strong textile industry of Italy is based on the
tradition of high fashion and design. Milan, for example, can be
considered as one of the leading fashion capitals of the world.
Who is not familiar with the exquisite traditional silk from
Como or the versatile woollen textiles from the Biella region.
Similarly, Pakistan’s cotton textiles are renowned well known
for their comfort, quality and versatility.
It is therefore not surprising that Pakistan’s textile
industry and Italy’s textile machinery industry are highly
compatible. From very large Italian companies to medium-sized
machinery manufacturers all are doing well in their exports of
their cutting edge technology to Pakistan. The most important
investments taking place in Pakistan these days are in digital
printing, textile processing, denim manufacturing and processing
and also apparel subsectors. There are a number of Italian
machinery manufacturers catering to the needs of these growing
sectors in Pakistan.
According to Mr. Pellegata, the Secretary General of ACIMIT,
the Italian textile machinery manufacturers association, exports
of Italian machinery to Pakistan have shown a remarkable
increase in the year 2016 to reach 80 million euro, an increase
of 70% over 2015. Until 2015 the yearly growth of had remained
nominal with exports capping at 49 million euros in 2013.
Finishing machines topped the exports to Pakistan with 53% of
total exports followed by spinning machines at 23%. Pakistan is
now the 6th export market for Italian textile machinery.
The newly elected President of ACIMIT, Mr Alex Zucchi as well
as the outgoing President, Mrs Carabelli are well known and
highly regarded personalities in Pakistan due to their long
association with our textile industry.
Pakistan Textile Journal once again presents to our readers
a comprehensive insight into the Italian textile technology as
well as interviews and editorials highlighting the strong
relationship between Italy and Pakistan.