Pitti Filati 78: Closing Figures

Pitti Filati is continuing its growth trend with increases in international and Italian (+3.5%) attendance that led to a final +2% rise

The 78th edition of Pitti Filati (Florence, 27-29 January 2016) ended in an atmosphere that can only be described as lively and dynamic. Exhibitors and buyers alike expressed their satisfaction with yet another great edition of a fair that is consistently attracting more and more visitors.
Final attendance figures show a 2% increase in the number of buyers with respect to one year ago, bringing the total to 4.250. The number of foreign buyers exceeded 1,800 (slightly more than last year), but in terms of international firms we are talking about an increase of 5.5%. Taking them one by one, we see growth from nearly all the European markets (Great Britain +3.5%, Spain +4%, Germany and France +1% for the number of firms, Holland +7.5%), and this kind of growth extends to all the North European countries. Excellent performance levels from the United States (+8%), Japan (with the number of companies up 5%), and a great rebound comeback from Russia with the number of buyers up 50%; China, Hong Kong and Turkey also maintained good turnouts.     
The Italian market enjoyed a 3.5% increase – an excellent result for the entire industry after a few seasons with low numbers of Italian buyers.
“This has been a definitely positive and energetic edition of Pitti Filati”, notes Raffaello Napoleone, the Pitti Immagine CEO. “Our exhibitors confirmed not only excellent results in terms of attendance, but also huge satisfaction for the high quality of the visitors which translated into three intense days of work at the stands with orders and samples for next season booked by designers and representatives from the style bureaus of the world’s major names in fashion. Pitti Filati speaks to the high end of the market which, not withstanding the uncertainties of the international scenarios, is still in a positive and dynamic phase, driven by a major emphasis on research and innovation, giving us – and the yarn industry in particular - great hopes for this year. The fair also reaped excellent feedback about the Spazio Ricerca, entitled Materiality, that launched trends and provided inspiration for knitwear research as well as for the previews and special projects presented at this edition”. 
Ranking the top 15 foreign markets we have Great Britain in first place (with 282 buyers), followed by Germany (230), France (177), United States (138), Spain (104), Turkey (90), Switzerland (82), Holland (72) Japan (68), Russia (44), Sweden (40), China (36), Belgium (36), South Korea (29) and Hong Kong (28).