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Faisalabad - The Italian textile machinery sector's new technology training center in Pakistan has officially opened.

Financed by the Italian Government, the project intends to support the development of the local textile industry, by equipping the technology center with Italian machinery that will allow the local textile sector to improve the quality of its products, through ongoing research and innovation.

The first machines installed were mostly for the dyeing and finishing sector with systems supplied by companies such a Brongo, Tonello and Triveneta Grandi Impianti with more to follow.

The inauguration ceremony for the Italy-Pakistan Textile Technology Center (IPTTC) was held in Faisalabad, Pakistan at the National Textile University (NTU).

The training center, which is the first of its kind for Italian textile machinery technology in Pakistan, was inaugurated by the Italian Ambassador to Pakistan, Andreas Ferrarese, and by Rizwan Shafi, CEO of Crescent Bahuman Limited.

Appearing at the ceremony in a video conference call from Italy was Alessandro Zucchi, the President of ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers, which is a partner in the project along wit the PISIE (International Polytechnic for Industrial and Economic Development).

“With the creation of the Italy-Pakistan Textile Technology Center, ACIMIT wishes to strengthen previously existing fruitful relations with the Pakistani textile industry,” Zucchi said.

In 2019, the Pakistani market was the sixth largest destination for Italian exports, totaling €80 million, and in the first half of 2020, was the third largest foreign market for Italian machinery manufacturers in the sector, just behind Turkey and China.

“I’m certain this initiative will reap benefits in terms of image, not just for the Italian manufacturers that have supplied the machinery, but for the entire Italian sector as well,” Zucchi added.

As well as the availability of technology at the facility, ACIMIT and the Italian Trade Agency will also offer seminars for students, professors and representatives of local manufacturers, as well as the training of local personnel by the Italian companies that supplied the center with its machinery, helping them become better acquainted with their technology.

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