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Manteco on TEXTILE NETWORK
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on TEXTILE NETWORK

2018 has been a year rich in events at Manteco to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The exclusive party held at the Secret Gallery in Paris, during the Premiere Vision show was the latest of a series of exciting events which marked the year 2018 for the Prato-based company. In March, Manteco was awarded the Radical Green Prize on the occasion of the 2018 Green Week - Festival of Trento’s Green Economy , for the company’s commitment to both process control and traceability of the textile supply chain and raw materials and increase in the production of regenerated fabrics, according to the circular economy principles. Manteco Historical Archives In May, the company inaugurated the Manteco Historical Archives, a project which gives customers access to an unprecedented amount of archive material. Over 40,000 textile samples have been inventoried, catalogued and digitized to preserve the company’s historic heritage, the fruit of many years of research and experimentation. Waterbones In June, Manteco’s collaboration with artist Loris Cecchini culminated in the installation, on the façade of Florence’s Gallery Hotel Art, of thousands of steel modules sculpted into the most diverse shapes. The artwork will be on show until December 31 and the photos appear also in the artist’s catalogue, whose cover is made of a fabric specially designed by the Manteco team and composed of carded wool (the company’s signature product), lamé and polyester. Cecchini’s new work of art, revolving again around the “waterbones” theme and specially created for the preview in Paris, will be introduced at a special event on the days of the Première Vision show, during which Manteco will celebrate its 75th anniversary by connecting, through an imaginary thread made of art and textile excellence, Paris and Florence. At the end of the Parisian show, the work of art will be placed at the entrance of Manteco’s headquarters. Loris Cecchini Loris Cecchini was born in Milan in 1969; he lives and works between Milan and Tuscany. He has shown his works at solo exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris , PS1 in New York, Shanghai Duolun MoMA, Centro Pecci of Prato, Musée d’Art Moderne Métropole of Saint-Etienne and he took part in a number of international art events, including Rome’s Quadriennale, the Venice Biennale, Taipei Biennial, Biennial Valencia and Shanghai Biennale.  
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Manteco on FASHIONUNITED
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on FASHIONUNITED

For the first time, Italian textile company Manteco showcases its ultimate innovations at Premières Vision’s Smart Creation, the fair’s most cutting edge epicentre showcasing visionary innovators pushing for a sustainable change and making the difference in the fashion business. And with the key sustainable values of Manteco, Première Vision has selected it to be a Smart Ambassador within the project ‘Smart Creation’. This means that the company has been recognized by the fair as leader in sustainable development. Manteco’s latest responsible fashion innovations, selected by the Smart Creation team, will be displayed in the Smart Library, located in the Smart Creation area, Hall 3 of Première Vision, take the chance to touch and feel real responsible innovation! The Prato-based company is leader in the production of Next Generation Recycled Wool thanks to a specially designed KM0, traceable and circular economy model. Behind the sustainable approach and the premium quality textiles there are generations of ‘saper fare’ - know-how, in Italian - indeed, Manteco’s products are not only responsibly Made in Italy but imbued with the skills of the artisans and makers working within 10 kms around the company. “Made in Italy does not only mean processing high-quality materials with international technologies and then label the final product for export. It means products grown, taken care of and handcrafted in the country.” Says Matteo Mantellassi, CEO of Manteco. “But there’s a further step to this: harnessing the local ‘genius loci’, meaning the skills, traditions and human potential of a territory. We are proud to say that since 1943 we have always been 100% Made in Italy.” Total traceability is a key value as well. Manteco is able to verify each single production phase from raw material, yarn, spinning, weaving, to the finished fabric. “We process 1.650 tons of recycled material per year; often starting with post-consumer material, for us a precious raw material for some of the most cutting-edge developments. Then, we blend it with other sustainable fibers in order to offer properly qualified and innovative solutions”. Over the years, the company established itself at an international level as a reference point for its high level of creativity, smart research & development investments and exquisite textile solutions talking loud to contemporary consumer. The results of such commitment can be quantified in the saving of 41 million liters of water, 24,8 tons of dye products, 4,9 million kWh of energy and 1.484 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Manteco is also certified by influential bodies and institutions such as the GRS - Global Recycle Standard certification from the Textile Exchange, and the RWS certification. The company is member of the BCI - Better Cotton Initiative and sustainability, and draws up a yearly sustainability report based on the GRI - Global Reporting Initiative indicator of economy, organizational, environmental and social aspects. In 2015 Manteco integrated the management of hazardous chemicals within all production processes, following international protocols, with a structured and monitored framework that implements the ZDHC MRSL.
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Manteco on KOHAN TEXTILE JOURNAL
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on KOHAN TEXTILE JOURNAL

Manteco, a premium wool manufacturer with a capacity of production of more than seven million metres of fabric per year, has launched a new ingredient, MWool, the ‘upgraded’ recycled wool born from the company’s cutting edge Manteco System combined with sustainable innovation and heritage. MWool is both a smart ingredient and a ground-breaking brand. MWool is a key ingredient of Manteco ranges. Manteco is processing through its system ca 1.650 tons of recycled wool that can be transformed in MWool and can carry, if requested, the global recycled standard (GRS) certification promoted by the influential textile exchange. GRS verifies and certificates recycled products as well as company’s responsible social, environmental and chemical practices, the company said in a media statement. Manteco can save ca 41,3 million of litres of water, 24,8 tons of dyes, 4,9 million kw of energy (the annual consumption of the whole Miami population), 1.484 tons of carbon dioxide. The wool goes through the reliable Manteco System quality control checks of excellence, no compromises: from the raw material, to yarn, fabric, finishing, from all aspects physical and chemical. “MWool is the natural result of our path towards a new generation of sustainability. It’s at the same time our past and our future. Our know-how and expertise and our innovation and vision for sustainable fashion. That’s why the term recycled wool wasn’t enough. That’s why we decided to create a brand to identify our cutting-edge recycled wool from the generic offer. Our collections are imbued and interwoven with MWool as MWool special label means will highlight”, Matteo Mantellassi, co-CEO of Manteco said. MWool is also 100 per cent Made in Italy. Premium quality has been achieved by leading the Manteco System to tune with the highest standards required by the global fashion system while preserving the ‘genius loci’ of each single partner along the whole supply chain according to shared sustainable goals and performances.
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Manteco on DRAPERS
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on DRAPERS

Italian wool producer Manteco has revolutionised its production in recent seasons, and for autumn 20, 80% of its entire collection will be made from post-consumer waste wool. Working with certified suppliers of waste wool from around the globe, the company takes the old materials and respins them into new yarns at its headquarters in Prato, Italy. Rather than re-dying the textiles, yarns of different colours are blended to create new shades,  thus saving water and chemicals. For autumn 20, it is collaborating with Lenzing for a wool and Tencel blend range, which it hopes will increase the usability of its fabrics for the end consumer by creating warmer and softer yarns.
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Manteco on FASHIONATING WORLD
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on FASHIONATING WORLD

Italian textile company Manteco will showcase its innovative range of textiles at Première Vision’s Smart Creation, the fair’s most cutting edge epicentre that features visionary innovators pushing for a sustainable change and making a difference in the fashion business. Manteco’s latest responsible fashion innovations, selected by the Smart Creation team, will be displayed in the Smart Library, located in the Smart Creation area, Hall 3 of Première Vision, take the chance to touch and feel real responsible innovation!
The Prato-based company showcases a unique range including: BiBye®, a heritage superfine wool coming from the best farmers in Australia and NewZealand that give life to a double splittable traceable fabric, with the best performance thanks to its unique construction and processing techniques. Woolten®, a Manteco development with proven sustainability credentials, and a fabulous unique touch, made with a patented special carded yarn that blends the Next Generation recycled wool by Manteco and Tencel® by Lenzing. Project43® by Manteco, a “zero waste” oriented circular economy system, fully integrated that allows customers to confer their production fabric scraps made with Manteco fabrics, and get back a totally engineered P43 new smart fabric.
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Manteco on MODE IN TEXTILE
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on MODE IN TEXTILE

L’entreprise textile italienne Manteco a présenté ses innovations lors du dernier salon Smart Creation de Première Vision (PV) Paris. En raison de ses valeurs clés en matière de développement durable, PV a choisi Manteco comme ambassadeur intelligent dans le cadre du projet «Création intelligente». La société basée à Prato en Italie est un leader dans la production de laine recyclée de nouvelle génération grâce à un modèle d’économie circulaire, KMO, traçable et spécialement conçu. Derrière l’approche durable et les textiles de qualité supérieure, il existe plusieurs générations de savoir-faire . En effet, les produits de Manteco sont non seulement fabriqués de manière responsable en Italie, mais imprégnés des compétences des artisans et des fabricants travaillant dans un rayon de 10 kms autour de l’entreprise.  La traçabilité totale est également une valeur clé. Manteco est en mesure de vérifier chaque phase de production, depuis la matière première, le filé, le filage, le tissage jusqu’au tissu fini. Manteco est certifié par des organismes et institutions reconnus tels que la certification Global Recycle Standard (GRS)  et la certification RWS de Textile Exchange. La société est membre de la Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) . En 2015, Manteco a intégré la gestion des produits chimiques dangereux dans tous les processus de production, conformément aux protocoles internationaux, avec un cadre structuré et surveillé mettant en œuvre la MRSL du ZDHC. Le producteur italien de laine Manteco a révolutionné sa production au cours des dernières saisons. Pour l’automne 2020, 80% de sa collection sera composée de laine recyclée.
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Manteco on BE GLOBAL FASHION NETWORK
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on BE GLOBAL FASHION NETWORK

Manteco, the world leading premium wool manufacturer launches a new precious ingredient MWool; it’s the ‘upgraded’ recycled wool born from the company’s cutting edge Manteco System combined with sustainable innovation and heritage. MWool is both a smart ingredient and a ground-breaking brand. “MWool is the natural result of our path towards a new generation of sustainability. It’s at the same time our past and our future. Our know-how and expertise and our innovation and vision for sustainable fashion. That’s why the term recycled wool wasn’t enough”, says Matteo Mantellassi, co-CEO of Manteco. Founded in 1943 in Prato district, Italy, Manteco has always been and still is a circular economy-driven company. Thanks to continuous investment in R&D, know-how and the engineering of the Manteco System, the company has achieved unmatched standards of recycled wool quality. The system is a network of partner companies located within 10 miles of its headquarters. All these partners are led by Manteco towards a common path of sustainable growth that is 100% respectful of each company’s heritage, values and traditions. Like an orchestra director Manteco is guiding the network’s green development to an unmatched model in textile manufacturing for fashion. “That’s why we decided to create a brand to identify our cutting-edge recycled wool from the generic offer. Our collections are imbued and interwoven with MWool as MWool special label means will highlight”, adds Matteo Mantellassi. Recycled Wool satisfies all criteria of circular economy. “It is our generation’s challenge to continue building the circular economy in which somebody’s waste becomes another one’s resource, generating a sustainable use of our world’s resources”, say at Manteco. MWool is also 100% Made in Italy “Since the company’s foundation in 1943, we have always teamed up with and led some of the most strategic players in our territory to grow together as an integrated sustainable network of skills, ‘saper fare – Italian know-how – and innovation. Humbly and with all our sleeves always rolled up, we like to call it the Manteco system”, adds Mantellassi. Premium quality has been achieved by leading the Manteco System to tune with the highest standards required by the global fashion system while preserving the ‘genius loci’ of each single partner along the whole supply chain according to shared sustainable goals and performances. With a turnover of over 91m Euro in 2019 Manteco SpA is the 4th textile company in Italy; the internationally renowned player and innovator has active collaborations with some of the most influential fashion brands. From a small fabric mill it has become a multi-awarded game changer in terms of responsibility and innovation which exports in over 40 countries and produces up to 8,6 million of metres of fabric annually. Thanks to continuous investment in R&D, know-how and the engineering of the Manteco System, the company has achieved unmatched standards of recycled wool quality.
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Manteco on FIBRE2FASHION
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on FIBRE2FASHION

Italian textile company Manteco showcased its innovations at Premièr Vision's (PV) Smart Creation, the fair's most cutting edge epicentre showcasing innovators pushing for a sustainable change and making a difference in the fashion business, recently. With key sustainable values, Manteco was selected by PV as a Smart Ambassador within project 'Smart Creation'.Manteco's latest responsible fashion innovations, selected by the Smart Creation team, were displayed in the Smart Library, located in the Smart Creation area, hall 3 of Première Vision. The Prato-based company is a leader in the production of next generation recycled wool due to a specially designed KM0, traceable and circular economy model. Behind the sustainable approach and the premium quality textiles, there are generations of 'saper fare' know-how, in Italian - indeed, Manteco's products are not only responsibly Made in Italy but imbued with the skills of the artisans and makers working within 10 kms around the company. "Made in Italy does not only mean processing high-quality materials with international technologies and then label the final product for export. It means products grown, taken care of and handcrafted in the country," said Matteo Mantellassi, CEO of Manteco. "But there's a further step to this: harnessing the local 'genius loci', meaning the skills, traditions and human potential of a territory. We are proud to say that since 1943 we have always been 100 per cent Made in Italy." Total traceability is a key value as well. Manteco is able to verify each single production phase from raw material, yarn, spinning, weaving, to the finished fabric. "We process 1.650 tons of recycled material per year, often starting with post consumer material, for us a precious raw material for some of the most cutting edge developments. Then, we blend it with other sustainable fibres in order to offer properly qualified and innovative solutions," said Mantellassi. Over the years, the company has established itself at the international level as a reference point for its high level of creativity, smart research and development investments and exquisite textile solutions . The results of such commitment can be quantified in the saving of 41 million litres of water, 24,8 tons of dye products, 4,9 million kWh of energy and 1.484 tons of carbon dioxide per year. Manteco is also certified by influential bodies and institutions such as the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certification from the Textile Exchange, and the RWS certification. The company is member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and sustainability, and draws up a yearly sustainability report based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicator of economy, organisational, environmental and social aspects. In 2015 Manteco integrated the management of hazardous chemicals within all production processes, following international protocols, with a structured and monitored framework that implements the ZDHC MRSL. As proof of this strong commitment, the company is offering a unique range of smart ingredients. BiBye, a heritage superfine wool coming from the best farmers in Australia and New Zealand, gives life to a double splittable traceable fabric with the best performance due to its unique construction and processing techniques. Born in 2009, today Manteco can deliver next generation recycled wool obtained from innovative processing and controls for the wool production, offering a new possible smart choice to the market. Available in more than 100 colours, the wool is obtained without the use of chemical or dyeing products. Woolten is a Manteco product with proven sustainability credentials and a fabulous unique touch, made with a patented special carded yarn that blends the next generation recycled wool by Manteco and Tencel by Lenzing. Project43 by Manteco, is a 'zero waste' circular economy system, which is fully integrated and allows customers to confer their production fabric scraps made with Manteco fabrics, and get back a totally engineered P43 new smart fabric. It is the only sustainable recycled fabric with a genealogical heritage.
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Manteco on PROMOSTYL
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on PROMOSTYL

Désignée comme l’un des ambassadeurs du projet “Smart Création” du Salon Première Vision, la firme textile Manteco a présenté ses dernières innovations en matière de développement durable. Et pour cause, la petite entreprise basée à Prato, en Italie, s’est rapidement imposée comme leader dans la production de laine recyclée nouvelle génération et ce grâce à un modèle d’économie circulaire, le KMO, spécialement conçu par Manteco. Une innovation salutaire, qui n’aurait pas été possible sans le savoir-faire transgénérationnel qu’incarnent ces tissus de qualité supérieure. En effet, les produits de la firme née en 2009 sont non seulement fabriqués de manière éco-responsable en Italie, mais imprégnés des compétences des artisans locaux, travaillant dans un rayon de 10 km autour de l’usine. Résultat ? La traçabilité des tissus est totale. Manteco est en mesure de vérifier chaque phase de production, depuis la matière première jusqu’au tissu fini, en passant par le filage et le tissage. Il n’est donc pas étonnant que Manteco soit certifié par des organismes tels que la certification Global Recycle Standard (GRS) et la certification RWS de Textile Exchange ou encore membre de la Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). En 2015, Manteco a également intégré la gestion des produits chimiques dangereux dans tous les processus de production, conformément aux protocoles internationaux, avec un cadre structuré et surveillé mettant en œuvre la MRSL du ZDHC. Preuve de cet engagement fort, la société propose une gamme de tissus uniques. On pense d’emblée au BiBye, fabriqué à partir de matières premières sélectionnées en Australie et en Nouvelle-Zélande, qui se caractérise par une laine extra vierge précieuse et douce. D’ailleurs, Manteco est aujourd’hui en mesure de fournir de la laine recyclée nouvelle génération via un traitement innovant qui ne requiert pas l’utilisation de produits chimiques ou de teinture. C’est ainsi que pour l’automne 2020, 80% de sa collection sera composée de laine recyclée. D’autre part, le fabricant italien a développé Woolten, un tissu durable au touché unique, fabriqué avec un fil breveté spécifique qui mélange la laine recyclée de Manteco et le Tencel de Lenzing. Enfin, Manteco a également présenté Projet43, un service circulaire axée sur le «zéro déchet», entièrement intégré, qui permet aux clients de troquer leurs chutes de tissu contre des nouveaux tissus intelligents conçus par Manteco. Une aubaine pour l’industrie du prêt-à-porter comme pour les défenseurs d’une mode durable, qui s’inscrit avec intelligence dans les codes de l’air du temps.
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Manteco on INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – “Manteco welcomes European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska”
2020 | 12 | 11

Manteco on INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – “Manteco welcomes European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska”

European Commissioner on the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Elżbieta Bieńkowska has been welcomed in Prato by the mayor Matteo Bittoni and by the Councilor for Productive Activities Daniela Toccafondi, together with the economic categories for a meeting organised by the Department of Economic Development. The meeting was followed by a company visit to the headquarters of Manteco, an Italian fabrics producer. Manteco has been a leader in the production of wool and recycled fabrics since 1943. Led by Matteo and Marco Mantellassi, the company prioritises sharing economy, sustainability, internationalisation and the use of renewable energies – not only as an investment policy but also as a distinctive element for the company’s identity. The company visit was attended by European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Justina Morek, member of the Commissioner's Cabinet, Beatrice Covassi, director of the Representation of the European Commission in Rome, Slawomir Tokarski, director for advanced and innovative manufacturing in the general direction of the internal market and European Commission industry, MEP Hon. Nicola Danti, Dr Alberto Biginelli, Councilor Daniela Toccafondi, the Mayor of Prato Matteo Bittoni, and the Mayor of the Municipality of Montemurlo Mauro Lorenzini. The key topic was the circular economy, which, along with some others, explored the value of Made in Italy, the importance of a responsible approach to the reuse of resources and the need for a traceability system. The participants also paid a visit to the Manteco Archive, during which the focus has been on raw materials, with reference to the tradition and experience that today are combined with the strong innovative drive and creativity. “I visited a textile company that recycles or reuses waste materials to produce wool of the highest quality: this is an excellent example of circular economy,” commented Elżbieta Bieńkowska. “The circular economy is an extremely interesting subject everywhere in Europe, because we are leaders in sustainability, and we want our children and ourselves to be able to live in a country that is livable in the future, so that's why it is worthwhile to show stories in Europe of success like this, which is a good practice that we are putting into practice, starting with the big industries and the energy-intensive ones.”
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