FUTURE TEXTILE ROAD The future of the
textile industry Santex Rimar Group
retraces the Silk Road in Iran
SANTEX RIMAR GROUP was present at the second FUTURE TEXTILE
ROAD event to underline its commitment to the textile industry
of Iran. The event took place in Yazd, where a branch of the
Silk Road skirts the Western and Southern edges of Iran’s
central desert. Yazd can be called Iran textile industry hub,
the textile industry in this province accounts for ten percent
of the total spinning capacity and a quarter of total weaving
The aim of FUTURE TEXTILE ROAD is to build an innovative
platform for the future development of the global textile
industry and the long-term co-operation between two countries.
Santex Rimar Group also signed an agreement with Yazd
University for supplying a SMIT rapier weaving machine with the
purpose to train students on the latest textile technologies and
do research jointly.
Aliasghar Alamdar-Yazdi and Dr Seyed Abbas Mir Jalili from
the Textile Engineering Department of Yazd University and Mr
Kamalian from the Sanat VA Maadan Bank - Mine & Industries Bank
were also present at the event.
Federico Businaro, General Manager of Santex Rimar Italy and
Enrico Valsecchi, Sales Head of SMIT gave a speech.
Giancarlo Grandesso from Gi.Vi.Co, SMIT agent in Iran, who
has been a strategic partner for the organization of the event
also spoke at the occasion.
The event represented a unique opportunity for the attendees
to visit the factory of SMIT customer Reza Soltani. With more
than 36 years of experience, Reza began weaving traditional
fabrics before focusing mainly on upholstery fabrics which are
among the best products of SMIT rapier weaving machines.
Long before Islam, Yazd has had a very effective role in the
production of gold cloth and at the time of the Mughal and the
Safavid empires, people from Yazd had been one of the main
weavers and producers of high quality fabrics in Persia. These
textiles can be seen in the great museums of the world. SMIT has
been present in the country for 40 years and with more than
3,000 installed machines, out of which 1,000 in Yazd area only.
Once again FUTURE TEXTILE ROAD investigated the theme of
osmosis between East and West, between the Persian textiles
trends and Italian technology. Another cultural crossover, a
further theme dedicated to the connection between worlds and