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Cifra announces investment plans for Karl Mayer knitting machines

Leading Italian warp knit seamless specialist Cifra SpA has announced plans to invest in new Karl Mayer RDPJ 6/2 EL double needle bar jacquard machines in 24 gauges to meet increasing demand for its seamless products. Investment plans have not yet been disclosed and said to be out once both companies finalize it. During a recent visit to Nippon Mayer, the Japanese subsidiary of the Karl Mayer Group, Cifra SpA CEO Cesare Citterio, said, “We […]


Directa Plus gets funding for technological innovation

A grant has been awarded to Directa Plus, one of the largest producers and suppliers worldwide of graphene-based products for use in consumer and industrial products, for technological innovation in smart fabrics. “Directa Plus has been allocated a grant for a research project into Graphene for Advanced Textiles and Fashion (“GRATA”), which has been awarded under a competitive public tender by the regional Italian Government of Lombardy. The project is a collaboration between Directa Plus, […]


First textile finishing firm ‘Imprima’ opens in Italy

The first Italian company solely dedicated to textile finishing, Imprima, is now open in Milan. The investment is made by Wise SGR which specializes in the management of private equity closed-end funds. Wise SGR invests in small- and medium-sized companies, with a special focus on Italy. Imprima aims to establish itself as a leading textile finishing partner for the Italian fashion market with over € 30 million of investment already planned for developing an acquisitions […]


Epson to establish two new hubs in Italy

Seiko Epson Corporation, a pioneer in digital textile printing, has announced the establishment of two new hub sites, namely The Innovation Research Lab and The Printing Research Centre, for the development of new industrial digital textile products. The Innovation Research Lab will focus on ink technology R&D, while The Printing Research Center will aid future development of Epson inkjet core technology dedicated to textile printing. The two hubs will be established in collaboration with For.tex […]


Italian mill Candiani Denim opens design centre in LA

Italy-based denim manufacturer Candiani Denim has opened its new design centre in Los Angeles, USA, as the city accounts for more than 30 per cent of the company’s business. The design centre focuses on research and development of denim labels in the American market, allowing Candiani to experiment with different washes, techniques, and methods for denim manufacturing and design to provide its buyers products with fresh innovations. Alberto Candiani, Global Manager of the company informed […]


Argar Technology introduces high visibility knitted fabrics

Knitted fabrics manufacturer Argar Technology has unveiled a high visibility knitted fabric in order to substitute the 100 per cent polyester ones that are regularly used to achieve the chromatic specification fixed by EN20471 rules. The range of fabrics, called HVis-Tes® Knitted Fabrics, was developed by double knitting technology, with 100 per cent polyester on the external face of the fabric, and 100 per cent cotton on the internal face. “This peculiar interlacement guarantees the […]