NEW FACE OF HOSIERY INDUSTRY

Paul Fogleman,

The Lonati Group of Brescia Italy, which makes 70 percent of the world hosiery and textiles knitting equipment, introduced its newest offerings at the Manufacturing Solutions Center in Conover Wednesday.

Opening principals for the Lonati Equipment Exposition

Opening principals for the Lonati Equipment Exposition: From left: Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of Catawba Valley Community College and base for the Manufacturing Solutions Center; Dr. Chris Chung, director of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina; Ettore Lenati, president of the Lonati Group; Dr. Taiwan Wang of the Advanced Functionable Fabrics of America; Dan St. Louis, manager of the Manufacturing Solutions Center; and Charles Poston, chairman of the Trustees for CVCC.

Key Lonati executives in the fields of marketing, sales and technology

Key Lonati executives in the fields of marketing, sales and technology are included in the turnout for the company’s exposition at the Conover-based Manufacturing Solutions Center.

Industry representatives from across North Carolina

Industry representatives from across North Carolina were awaiting the opening of the Lonati show.

Advances in technology for knitting and finishing equipment were highlighted.

Lonati Group President Ettore Lenoir rang the bell which opened the show to scores of manufacturers evaluating innovations for 21st century operations. The machines are expensive. But they require fewer –but highly trained—personnel. One former hosiery executive at the opening, who sold his business 10 years ago, estimated his operation which operate today with 25 percent of his previous workforce.

The exhibition included new technologies for boarding, transferring, seaming, and knitting.

Chris Chung, director of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, addressed the opening crowd, observing that North Carolina is poised to be the center of textiles for the future. He noted that the Western Piedmont area, with its Manufacturing Solutions Center and Textiles Technology Center in Belmont, is poised to be the new center for the industry. Dr. Taiwan Wang, of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America research initiative, re-enforced these predictions and said the MSC and Textile Center will be important partners in a nation movement, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense , to bring high-tech manufacturing to America. North Carolina has the capabilities to capitalize on this effort, he allowed.

Dr. Wang noted that the MSC, Textile Technology Center and N.C State University College of Textiles are candidates to become a U.S. Fabric Development Center which has been endorsed by Gov. Roy Cooper and top Legislative leaders.

Exhibition hours are 9 a.m. To 4 pm. Wednesday (today) and Thursday and from 9 a.m. To 2 p.m. Friday.

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