The textile sector has long roots in the history. Textiles are associated with the first industrial revolution and the memory leaps back to the second half of the 18th century. The textile industry symbolised by the mythical loom, helped to lift on the curtain for the modern industry. We are talking especially about the textile companies in the industrial laundry sector, which, for getting to the point, are among the companies that have suffered the most from the health crisis of the last two years. From the health lockdown to the production lockdown, was a short step.

Before the pandemic, tourism, which was the driving force behind the entire supply chain, was hovering around 13% of GDP, but in the recent years it has lost its strength and enthusiasm. Today, despite the increasing costs of energy, raw material and transport, the demand is growing again. On which basis can companies return to the pre-Covid growth rates? With what raw materials? With which technologies? How can a quality product be guaranteed after weaving, finishing and packaging? Which is the right mix between stock and customised products? Which markets will the companies invest in for the coming months and on which products or product lines do they plan to focus on for the next edition of EXPOdetergo International 2022?

We have asked Parotex, a company specialised in the textiles production, for hotels and restaurants, to tell us about the experience of these difficult years for the hospitality sector. What did these two years of pandemic, in which the hotels and the restaurants were among the most affected, have meant for you? We, as Parotex,” says Andrea Rovea, the CEO of the company, “wanted to be always present and available to the customers during and after the pandemic, guaranteeing the best service to support the recovery of the hotel market sector during the summer period. For us, it remains fundamental to guarantee a top-quality Made in Italy product and a constructive and proactive dialogue with the laundries that are using our products”. In these difficult times, you have also developed a new product, is that right? “Exactly.

The news product it’s called Re:New. It is made with a yarn that it is using a part of the pre-consumption scraps (production waste) and a part of plastic bottles, processed and transformed into sustainable, eco-friendly yarns. The environmental impact is significantly reduced: emissions are cut by 56.3%, energy consumption is more than halved and almost 80% less water is used throughout the process. The product has several certifications, including the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). In addition to sustainability, Re:New offers various benefits to the industrial laundries, from durability to easier cleaning, faster drying and higher ironing productivity.” But how do you see the national market? “We all know that there have been and still are some difficulties: pandemic and war, with rising energy costs, have created serious problems. But we are optimistic about the recovery of the tourism sector and all that it will bring for our customers”. And on the international front? “As far as we are concerned, we are investing espcially in the expansion of the northern European markets, for which we foresee a significant growth over the next few years”.

“The Cimmino Forniture Tessili adventure started at the beginning of the last century and we are now at the fourth generation,” says Letizia Cimmino, who it is running the company. In the early days, Cimmino specialised in making “mantles” and it was a point of reference for a number of large fashion companies, especially in the southern Italy. From one family, has been created a multitude of companies, all related to the textile industry in its various expressions. A family business district. Today our turnover is entirely domestic, and for some years now we have also been working with a number of large shipping companies, particularly Cargo. Which products are you mostly dealing with? “Every time you go out and see a fabric, I hope it’s mine! From the tablecloths, to the hotel or the bed and breakfast linen. The range is completed by our offer for the RSAs and for the residential homes, which were the backbone of our business during the pandemic, when we realised even more that the service is part of our product.

I must have in my range linen of excellent cotton, “hand torn”, that remains rectangular and not trapezoid. And then we think about the future, because if we want to get our children involved into this business, we have to learn how to make it in a sustainable way. Our company financed a scholarship with Foro Italico in Rome, because the waste water treatment is very important, not only for us, but also for the laundries. We are mainly focusing on the laundries, that have suffered a major setback in the last two years. We have a direct relationship with the prisons and RSAs, in the sense that they are doing laundry by themselves. At the moment, the laundries represent 70% of our turnover. Our production is partly internal and partly external, which allows us to be flexible, as we can count on specialised outsourcing. Our district is the CIS of Naples, a commercial platform of 1 million square metres, where we have customs, all the intermodal transport both by road and rail, which also allows us to have four daily pick-up lines. All of this is not just a part of our company, it is the very essence of our business”, concludes Letizia Cimmino.

We met Angelo Merigo, the Sales manager of Coritex, a textile company based in Gandino, near Bergamo. Coritex is a textile company with fifty years of history behind it. Between the 70’s and the 80’s, from a company making household linen, it became a company that produces table cloth, specifically for the catering-restaurant industry, moreover those fabrics that have to combine aesthetics with durability. Our prevalent activity is related to the industrial laundries, but we are also a leading company for banqueting (events, weddings and other ceremonies). These are specific fabrics that have changed over the time, depending on the experience gained in the field, but above all it is the size that is different, as we need fabric cuts of at least 3.60 metres for fitting to very large tables.

We are present all over Italy with our cotton and polyester but also with the article two hems and two selvedges (in different sizes). The production is our own, we only outsource the packaging as we use specialised companies within our district. From the purchase of the yarn, to dyeing and finishing, the garments are cut by hand and the whole process is carefully controlled to maintain high quality. We are objectively in a complicated moment, but if we have overcome the big crisis of 2008 – the ten-year crisis triggered by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brother – and so also the health crisis of February 2020, then we will be able to face and overcome the current one of the price madness on the markets”.

We continue working, paying a special attention on the Italian quality despite all the difficulties of the recent years, worsened by the conflict in the heart of Europe,” says Cristina Salvati, the Director of Masa SpA. The difficulties in supplying the raw materials and the rising cost of gas had already emerged before the war, and working with the industrial laundries, which are energyconsuming businesses, has unavoidably amplified the difficulties. Problems that affect the entire supply chain for various reasons. Dyeing and finishing costs have risen, but not only these, despite everything we firmly believe in quality and in the product innovation. It is not right to look for shortcuts and seek for other suppliers even in these complicated times, as we are well-known on the market for our quality and reliability. We have resisted the two-years lockdown and we will continue to focus on the product customisation, on the Italian manpower and the quality of yarns. From tableware to bed linen to the entire textile collection dedicated for the bathroom, the common denominator for us continues to be elegance and comfort”.

“In this economic situation, where the main problem is not only the rising costs but also the difficulty of finding the raw materials, trying to guarantee high levels of quality is a daily commitment and goal,” is how Roberto Littamè, the Manager of the company Tessiltorre, synthesises the current market situation of textiles for the industrial laundries. “We start with quality. Everything starts from here. Quality is the selection of the raw materials. Continuous research into yarns. Experimentation. To offer uniqueness, novelty and originality. In spite of all the difficulties, we are enhancing the issue of eco-compatibility in the textile industry. We are pointing on the product circularity and the ecological control of the entire supply chain.

We are only outsourcing the dyeing and bleaching, from the entire production process, because we believe in specialisation. Our entire supply chain is Italian and we believe in the value of the Made in Italy. The market demand had a very good recovery from the beginning of the year, and then with the prosperous Easter and 25 April weekends it went even higher. Costs have skyrocketed and there is no supplier who has not raised prices by at least 30%. Consider that the price of the yarns has increased by about 60% compared to 2019. Our company is developing new colours and designs for EXPOdetergo International 2022 that will find the appreciation of the the customers. We are trying to translate the demands of a constantly evolving market in order to meet the needs of each individual customer for both the restaurant, the bedroom and the bathroom,” concludes Roberto Littamè.

“The story of Tessitura Perego began in 1929 and today, almost 90 years later, the third generation of Perego continues this textile tradition, with a lot of consideration regarding the past experience but combined with a constant technology innovation and a careful attention to the quality,” says Andrea Perego, the company’s General Manager. “Passion and enthusiasm are the engines that drive the company in searching new fabrics and products and that stimulate the creativity for new designs and colours. Today, Tessitura Perego is one of the largest Italian textile companies whose core business is the production of Collections for the industrial laundries. For the table and the bed, for the bathroom and the kitchen, our laundry collection offers a range of products specially designed and tested for the industrial use, with regard to the colour resistance, fabric shrinkage and frequent maintenance.

The choice of top-quality yarns, the use of Indanthrene colours and careful finishing operations guarantee high standards of reliability and performance. A constant dialogue with our customers allows us to develop new ideas and products, tailoring them to their needs and planning common strategies to optimise the total satisfaction among the end users. collection full of colours and jacquard designs, careful quality control and a fast delivery service have made Tessitura Perego a favourite partner of Europe’s leading laundries. Always believing that hospitality is a value and that conquering the guests is a duty, Perego offers a table, bed and bath Collection composed of unique and exceptional products with a taste and refinement to be appreciated on every occasion and in any place. At EXPOdetergo International 2022, Tessitura Perego will present new products aligned with the eco-sustainable development with the purpose of giving further boost to the wide range of products already available in the collection”. •

By Marzio Nava
Detergo Magazine – Number 5, May 2022