Another woman at the helm of Assomac. Maria Vittoria Brustia (Brustia Alfameccanica) is the new president of the Italian association of manufacturers of footwear, leather goods and tannery machinery. The proclamation took place last night at the end of the association’s General Assembly held at its headquarters in Vigevano and simultaneously in videoconference with members and guests in remote connection. The new president will be assisted by an entirely new board of directors and two vice-presidents: Marco Bergozza (Bergi) and Cristiano Paccagnella (Omac) representing respectively the tannery machinery and leather goods sectors.
Gabriella Marchioni Bocca, the outgoing president who in an inspired speech retraced the salient stages of a mandate that lasted five years instead of the traditional 2 + 2, in particular pointing out the commitment of the association in terms of innovation and sustainability with the “Green Plate” project, was the absolute protagonist of the assembly of 25 November. Bocca recalled the efforts and gratifications of a path always faced with great passion and enthusiasm, highlighting how it is extremely important for an entrepreneur being able to count on a trade association during difficult times. “The economic situation is not so good – added Bocca – We need a policy that gives serious answers in order to be able to rebuild a better post-pandemic country. We do not ask for anything but normal conditions, we do the rest by ourselves.
The new president
In a short incoming speech, the newly proclaimed Maria Vittoria Brustia praised the outgoing “super-president” for her great dedication and recalled the importance to team up in a “dramatic” moment such as the present one that requires the planning of medium-long term strategies.
Simac Tanning Tech 2021 postponed to autumn
Due to the pandemic, the appointment with the main exhibition of Simac footwear, leather goods and tannery machinery Tanning Tech, which was supposed to take place in February, has been postponed to the second half of 2021.
Aware of the importance of training, which was so dear to former director Amilcare Baccini who died a few months ago, the outgoing president announced the institution of 20 Scholarships for as many deserving students from five technical institutes in the main leather and footwear manufacturing districts.
The Italian mechanical industry “machines for leather, footwear and leather goods” reached a production value of 620 million, and an export value equal to 70% of production. 2019 marked the end of an expansive economic cycle, where the current pandemic crisis has acted as a catalyst for the problems present in the global economic system. «All the economic data of our sector – exports and productions – are negative for the first half of 2020, but they are negative for everyone and globally, starting with the Chinese giant which recorded an amazing loss: we are talking about -53% in exports of machinery and -35% in imports. We as Italy have withstood the blow, recording a more contained -35% in exports and -25% in imports of machinery». The ReStart project, developed during the first lockdown, projects the sector beyond the current context, in «a new identity that has its roots in the past and tradition and that at the same time aims at the future with a common, innovative and projected vision to the changing market».
Numerous guests were connected via video conferencing and spoke during the Assomac assembly. Siro Badon, president of Assocalzaturifici, spoke of the pandemic as a “heavy blow” for the footwear sector; Gianni Russo, president of UNIC-Italian Tanneries, recalled how the tanning industry is now more than ever called upon to renew its technological equipment to introduce more sustainable processes capable of saving water, energy and chemicals. Marco Frediani, president of UNPAC; Alex Zucchi, president of Acimit; Franco Gabbrielli president of Assopellettieri; Carlo Robiglio, president of Piccola Industria Confindustria and Andrea Ceffa, the mayor of Vigevano, also intervened briefly.
The awarded companies
As per tradition, Assomac finally awarded some associated companies that have achieved important goals. Bauce and Flamarplak have been awarded for their 50 years of activity. Barnini, Bergi and Bombelli for their 55 years. F.lli Alberti company for its 75th anniversary.