For the second consecutive year, the Mipel Lab 23 exhibition concept is back, on the occasion of Lineapelle New York, from 19 to 20 July at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, , organized by Assopellettieri.
“An important event, at a time when the US market is proving to be particularly promising for high-end products – said Franco Gabbrielli, president of Assopellettieri -. Because it allows us to put our companies in contact with brands looking for Italian realities able to support them in the conception and creation of their collections according to the highest quality standards”.
A privileged meeting place between luxury brands, designers, international private labels and the excellence of some of the main Italian leather goods producers,
The role of the online platform
The American event lasts two days, while the digital version of Mipel Lab 23 https://www.lineapelle-fair.it/it/site/pages/mipel-lab lasts 365 days. A platform that, through an artificial intelligence algorithm, allows US and international luxury brands to get in touch with the top Italian leather goods producers able to best meet their production needs in real time. Active 24 hours a day, it will continue to be active, waiting for the next physical edition of the event, which will be held in Milan from 19 to 21 September, always inside and at the same time as Lineapelle.
There is a need for training and skills
In anticipation of Lineapelle 2023, Mipel Lab 23 Confindustria Moda, which brings together the 7 textile, fashion and accessory associations, highlighted a problem that is strongly affecting the sector. In fact, out of an annual requirement of around 9,000 technical profiles specialized in the sector, the education system of our country trains just over 2,000.
That is, an unsatisfied annual need for personnel that is around 7,000 workers for the sector. This calculation – based on Unioncamere data – refers to technical figures and skilled workers, not including the need for chemists and mechatronics, for whom there is also a strong demand in the sector.
The numbers were disclosed during a meeting with Confindustria Moda which took place during Milano Unica https://www.milanounica.it/it, an event held from 11 to 12 July at Fieramilano Rho.
During the meeting, the Education Committee of Confindustria Moda took stock of the activities it is carrying out to help bridge a mismatch that generates two types of problems. The first, in the short term, with the difficulty of companies in finding the necessary skills on the market. The second, in the medium to long term, with the impossibility that there will be both of replacing the professionals who will retire, and of being ready for the industrial transition that the challenges of digitization and sustainability require.
Paolo Bastianello, president of the Education Committee of Confindustria Moda: “That the whole sector acts as a system is the first and fundamental premise for being able to solve this problem. It is also of fundamental importance to continue to build relationships with the institutions and all third parties able to support us. But, finally, the collaboration of companies is essential: if Italy lacks laboratories to train technicians, companies must open theirs and make them available to students”.