The Colombian textile and garments industry is among the most important one in America, above all with respect to the fashion sector. Thanks to a number of trade agreements undertaken with neighboring Countries, as well as with the world’s two major apparel markets (the United States and European Union), the industry has recorded further progress in recent years.


At the upcoming edition of Colombiatex, the Country’s main textile trade fair, to be held in Medellin from 23 to 25 January 2018, Italy’s textile machinery manufacturers will once again play a prominent role. 24 companies will be exhibiting their latest technology in the common area set up by the Italian Trade Agency and ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers.


Among Italian companies exhibiting at the common exhibition space are the following ACIMIT members: Beschi, Beta, Biancalani, Btsr, Caipo, Carù, Durst, Fadis, Itema, Laip, Mactec, Marzoli, Mcs, Monti-Mac, Noseda, Ratti, Reggiani, Salvadè, Santex Rimar Group, Simet, Smit and Tecnorama.


Interest on the part of Italy’s textile machinery industry for the Colombian market comes from the ongoing demand for technological updates by local manufacturers. Italian exports to the region in 2016 rose to a value of 13 million euros. Over the first six months of 2017, sales of Italian textile machinery to this market exceeded 6 million euros. Among Made in Italy production technology most in demand by Colombian textile and garments manufacturers are finishing machinery (58% of the total) and spinning machinery (16%).