Innovation Fabric of Textile Industry

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INNOVATION and a design focus will be vital if Northern Ireland's clothing and textile companies are to develop a competitive advantage in the changing global marketplace, according to a leading Italian clothing and textiles supplier.

Sr Moritz Mantero, of Italian company Mantero, was the key speaker at the Invest Northern Ireland and Skillfast UK Strategy by Design seminar held recently in Belfast.

Like many local textile firms, Mantero, which designs highquality clothing and accessories for many leading design houses across the world, has felt the impact of competition from low cost economies.

The Italian textiles industry has lost 50,000 jobs in two years because of competition from low production costs and high production capacity in the Far East. Yet, delegates heard Sr Moritz Mantero describe how Italy is taking pro-active steps towards safeguarding the traditional industry and employment levels.

Accompanied by local business man Ian Bennington, founding director of Triplicate Isis and Alva Lighting, Sr Mantero discussed the benefits of design and innovation to the textiles sector whilst highlighting the need to embrace ever-changing customer trends and technologies. …