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Business in Italy


Italian leather goes green

Italian leather is highly acclaimed all around the world. The most exclusive fashion houses appreciate its unique quality. It comes as no surprise though that in 2017, the Italian leather tanning industry was worth 20% of global manufacturing and 65% of the European one. Despite deep historical roots many companies are open to new ideas and concepts. Among them is Conceria Leather World srl in Solofra – a tannery that strives to produce exclusive leather products in harmony with and respect for the planet and its natural ecosystems.


A winning partnership of design and marketing

The term ‘aluminium components’ conjures up a picture of pieces of metal that are, perhaps, not especially interesting and are produced by thousands of companies around the world. This is also the core product of Italian manufacturer Ossicolor srl; however its products are far from boring. Ossicolor’s founders, Matteo Cecchele and Luigi Masciocchi, possessed complementary talents in design, technology, production and marketing which, when combined, ensured that the company’s portfolio of aluminium components for kitchen, bedroom and bathroom furniture was anything but ordinary.


The true team player

Intersport, the world’s leading sporting goods retailer, is known for merchandise produced by a wide selection of reputable brands for the most popular sports. In 1997, Cisalfa Sport and other retailers established Intersport Italia S.p.A., a cooperation of several retailers that has continued Intersport’s tradition of excellence and increased its visibility in the Italian market. Through partnerships with tried-and-true brands such as Nike and Adidas, as well as the development of its own private labels, the Bologna-based Intersport Italia is making waves for its unique and collaborative business model.


Stitching with a successful thread

The fashion world is synonymous with ground-breaking ideas; developing new trends and designs are what keeps the wheels of the fashion industry turning. However, the concept of trailblazing does not end with the style of the clothes that appear on the catwalk or in high street stores; the materials they are made from are often equally innovative. Italian firm Manifattura Italiana Cucirini SPA has been supplying sewing thread to garment manufacturers for over 40 years, and continues to create new, cutting-edge yarns with unique characteristics to meet the exacting demands of fashion designers around the world.


A clean sweep

Labour-saving devices for the home have greatly eased the burden of housework for modern households but many cleaning jobs still require hands-on effort. Still, there is help to be had in the shape of the cleaning sponges, scrubbers, mops and brushes made by the Italian company Arix S.p.a. in Viadana between Milan and Parma. Next year, the family-owned company celebrates 50 years in the Italian household cleaning sector with brands such as Tonkita brooms, which have become a household name in their domestic market. Although Arix is active worldwide, exports only account for around 13% of turnover. This is its key priority for the future.


Leading the way with mechatronics

Industry 4.0 is the buzzword currently dominating the discussion over the future of manufacturing. It is a trend that every player in the sector must grapple with if they, too, are to have a future. For HSD SpA in Italy, Industry 4.0 is seen as an opportunity rather than a challenge, and it has seized that opportunity in the best way possible as a pioneer of mechatronics. HSD specializes in the design and manufacture of electrospindles. Its ground-breaking e-core technology was launched in 2012 while 2-axis heads featuring its innovative direct drive technology were introduced in 2014, ensuring its position as a pioneer and leader in this field.


For animals’ welfare

Cats and dogs are the most popular pets, and people around the globe love them. For many pet owners, they are not just animals but members of the family and are treated as such. For this reason, their owners do everything to make sure that they feel good. Food, in particular, has a great influence on the well-being of cats and dogs. Almo Nature S.p.A., with headquarters in Genoa, Italy, offers animal nutrition that is really good for animals, using only the best ingredients. The company’s founder is a passionate animal lover and wanted to develop pet food with a similar quality to human food.


A tradition of fine leather

The small town of Monte Urano in the Province of Fermo in Italy has been an important center for shoe production in the country for many decades. Many footwear factories are located in this region, producing shoes for men, women and children, which are famous around the world. Santori Pellami s.p.a., headquartered in Monte Urano, provides shoe producers with a broad range of the finest leather and has been serving its customers since 1890.


Turning nice into stunning with ceramics

Trends in interior decor come and go, but ceramics have been a constant feature for many years. Wall and floor tiles may change in style in line with the latest trends, but the love that designers and householders have for ceramics lives on. They are not only highly practical, the right ceramic tiles can tranform a room from a bland nice to absolutely stunning. Italian company NovaBell S.p.A. is a specialist in the field of indoor and outdoor ceramics. NovaBell was established in 1988; however, its founder, Silvio Bellei, already had many years of experience in the field and was considered something of a pioneer in the world of ceramics.


Choosing the right mode

Rail freight transport plays a crucial role in creating a sustainable and competitive transport market. It offers huge environmental gains, as an average train carries approximately 50 times more goods than a truck, yet generates significantly less greenhouse gas emission. For these reasons, the European Commission has been very active in proposing restructuring the European rail transport market in order to strengthen the position of railways vis-à-vis other transport modes. Trasporti Pesanti Srl could benefit from those efforts. The Italian logistics company concentrates on intermodal transports of steel products – rail transports and others.