Vicenza. Business with Asian Chamber of Commerce. Confindustria welcomes China's leading fashion and textile firms
Confindustria Vicenza has recently hosted a delegation from the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for the import and export of textiles.
China's leading organisation in the manufacture of clothes and other textile items, the Chamber of Commerce has 12,000 member companies scattered around China boasting more than 70% of turnover made by fashion firms. Among its members, 12 leading companies are now in Italy on a study tour aimed to meet Vicenza fashion industries in order to set up future kinds of cooperation agreements.
The President of China's Chamber of Commerce, Mr Zhang, pointed out how Italian-Chinese business relations have been growing for several years, and not just due to imports of goods made in China. However, trade has been severely affected by the crisis, with a 27% fall in the first eight months of this year, but that has not had the same effect on China's interest in Italy's manufacturing and creativeness. These issues were also addressed by Manuela Miola, head of Confindustria's fashion department, on the opening speech: “We represent an industry that has been badly hit by the crisis but is also highly motivated and is working a lot to promote better quality and to expand business in a wider range of markets around the world. That is the reason why – said Miola – we hope that some interesting opportunities for cooperation may be seized out of this meeting”.
The Chinese delegates introduced their business to the participants of the meeting and stated their interest in finding out local partners to do business with to meet the needs of a growing, demanding class of consumers who are eager to possess Made-in-Italy products. Indeed, a few significant changes are taking place on the Chinese market. Take for instance Jiangsu Santy Corp. Ltd who developed a complex online purchasing system.
The idea put forth in Vicenza is indeed to increasingly expand the variety of Italian fashion articles for Chinese consumers. The next appointment with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce is a mission to Beijing scheduled for March 2013 to visit Chic and Intertextile.
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