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2019 | 07 | 30 Manteco on FASHION NETWORK

Manteco on FASHION NETWORK

Manteco, società toscana specializzata nella produzione di tessuti, esporrà per la prima volta le proprie proposte eco-sostenibili presso la Smart Creation Area di Première Vision, la manifestazione parigina prevista dal 17 al 19 settembre nel Parc des Expositions di Paris. Smart Creation è la piattaforma della fiera dedicata alle realtà che hanno dimostrato un impegno concreto nei confronti dell’innovazione responsabile, ricercando soluzioni sostenibili di nuova generazione. In questo contesto, l’azienda toscana presenterà le sue ultime proposte di "new generation wool", ottenute da innovativi processi di lavorazione e controllo per la produzione della lana riciclata. Tra queste: BiBye, una lana superfine che proviene dai migliori allevamenti in Australia e Nuova Zelanda, e Woolten, un tessuto che nasce da uno speciale filato cardato brevettato, che unisce la nuova generazione di lana riciclata Manteco e il Tencel di Lenzing. La società presenterà inoltre Renowa, il suo sistema di economia circolare zero waste, completamente integrato e tracciato, che permette ai clienti di dare nuova vita ai loro scarti di tessuto di produzione e vederli trasformati in nuovi tessuti smart Manteco. “Lavoriamo 1.650 tonnellate di materiale riciclato all’anno, spesso partendo da materiali post consumo, per noi una materia prima preziosa per alcuni degli sviluppi più all'avanguardia. Quindi, lo mescoliamo con altre fibre sostenibili per offrire soluzioni qualificate e innovative”, ha dichiarato Matteo Mantellassi, CEO di Manteco. I risultati di tale impegno si quantificano nel risparmio 24,8 tonnellate di prodotti coloranti, 4,9 milioni di kWh di energia e 1.484 tonnellate di anidride carbonica all'anno. Fondata nel 1943 a Prato da Enzo Mantellassi, Manteco ha chiuso il 2018 con un fatturato di 80 milioni di euro, in crescita dell’11% rispetto all’anno precedente, realizzato per il 90% fuori dall’Italia; il primo mercato estero di riferimento è l’Europa.
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2020 | 03 | 04 Manteco on FASHION RESEARCH ITALY

Manteco on FASHION RESEARCH ITALY

Analizziamo oggi un’altra realtà che si è distinta nel campo della sostenibilità per la moda: Manteco. Un’azienda tessile storica di Prato, fondata nel 1943, oggi specializzata nella produzione di lana e tessuti sostenibili e rigenerati per i più prestigiosi marchi della moda internazionale e vincitrice nel 2018 del premio Radical Green. Giuseppe Picerno, Head of Innovation and Sustainability, ci aiuta a comprendere le dinamiche che regolano le attività alla base della filiera della produzione tessile tra tecnologia, tradizione e duplice attenzione verso la qualità del prodotto e il rispetto della sostenibilità. Solo un’anticipazione delle tematiche che verranno approfondite durante il corso Green Fashion: la sostenibilità per il settore tessile e moda, promosso da Fashion Research Italy per fornire strumenti teorici e pratici adatti a chi fosse intenzionato a convertire la propria produzione in chiave green o semplicemente a prendere coscienza delle crescenti richieste del mercato e delle necessità della filiera produttiva.
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2018 | 10 | 19 Manteco on TEXTILE NETWORK

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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2019 | 09 | 30 Manteco on FASHIONUNITED

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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2020 | 04 | 06 Manteco on KOHAN TEXTILE JOURNAL

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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2019 | 09 | 20 Manteco on DRAPERS

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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2019 | 10 | 01 Manteco on FASHIONATING WORLD

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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2019 | 10 | 02 Manteco on MODE IN TEXTILE

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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2020 | 02 | 24 Manteco on BE GLOBAL FASHION NETWORK

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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2019 | 10 | 01 Manteco on FIBRE2FASHION

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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