Italian Textile Machinery: Mission to
Kenya and Tanzania
An institutional and commercial mission of
Italian textile machinery manufacturers took place from 4 to 8
November in Kenya and Tanzania. The initiative’s organizers,
Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian
Textile Machinery Manufacturers, wanted to strengthen contacts
between the Italian textile machinery industry and the textile
sector in these two African Countries.
The world’s textile and garment sector is
closely watching manufacturing Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa,
an area that is emerging as a manufacturing hub for the
industry, firstly for obvious reasons relating to production
costs, but also for the incentives offered by local governments.
Consequently, investments in machinery are also increasing and
Italian manufacturers do not want to be caught unprepared in
this growth scenario.
“Following several promotional initiatives
focusing on Ethiopia over the past few years,” explains ACIMIT
President Alessandro Zucchi, “together with the Italian Trade
Agency, we’ve decided to explore the business opportunities in
Kenya and Tanzania, two Countries whose respective Governments
are currently promoting the development of their textile and
Kenya, in particular, is an especially
interesting market for textile machinery manufacturers. Indeed,
the development programme known as Vision 2030 put forward by
the local authorities places the textile sector among the
primary beneficiaries of the incentives made available by the
Government, in addition to providing Kenyan manufacturers with
access to the US market, thanks to AGOA (the African Growth and
Opportunity Act), which has boosted the Country's exports.
Alessandro Zucchi, President ACIMIT
“Both Kenya and Tanzania need to develop
their respective textile sectors, through a massive
modernization process of existing technology,” points out Zucchi.
“This mission offered us with an opportunity to kick start a
fruitful and cooperative partnership with major textile
manufacturers in both Countries, while preventing China from
monopolizing the textile machinery market in this area of
During the mission, Italy’s
representatives met up with textile companies and authorities,
as well as the industry’s main institutional representatives in
the two Countries. The following nine Italian machinery
manufacturers associated with ACIMIT took part in the
initiative: Bianco, Brazzoli, Cibitex, Danitech, Itema, Ferraro,
Marzoli, Mesdan and Tmt Cimi.
The outcome of the initiative was
positive: Italian textile technologies were highly appreciated
locally, both in Kenya and in Tanzania, considering them an
opportunity for upgrading the production plants in order to
achieve a greater competitiveness in the world scenario. About
50 operators of the two Countries attended the initiative.
ACIMIT will also be on hand at ITME
Africa, the industry’s top trade show in Sub-Saharan Africa, to
be held in Addis Ababa from 14 to 16 February 2020.