In this week’s newsletter, we have the pleasure to introduce to you NASTORTEX, the innovative manufacturer of elastics tapes for footwear.
Please tell us a little bit about Nastrotex and the history of the company？
In 1953, Francesco Cucchi created Cufra by involving his son Mario in the project. Mario, first in Romano and then in Covo, in the province of Bergamo, founded Nastrotex Cufra S.p.a. During the 1980s, the company was solid and well-structured, and the product evolved in line with technology. While specialized workers used their experience on the new electric machinery, the technicians started researching the materials. Between 1985 and 1990, Roberto and Barbara Cucchi joined the company, strengthening the departments dedicated to the production and developing the commercial sector to keep up with the demands of a market in expansion both in Italy and internationally.
What is your core business?
Elastics for footwear. For over sixty years, Nastrotex Cufra S.p.a. has produced elastics for underwear, sport, but mainly footwear. Making the most of the wealth of their experience means investing in technology and innovation both regarding machinery – with the most up to date electronic looms – as well as materials, with a wide range of products of different comfort, resistance and elasticity.
What makes your products unique?
We defend a tradition of quality valorizing its experience and promoting progress made in the research of technology and materials. The jacquard process gives the possibility of personalizing the ribbons with customised patterns and writing. Thanks to the consultancy of a style studio, Nastrotex Cufra S.p.a. has created its own samples catalogue and original models and can collaborate with the designers throughout the design phase of its products. Furthermore, the company deals with some specific processes internally, such as siliconization, rubberizing and lamination. The high quality of the product is united with that of the service, with a high productive capacity and rapid delivery.
How important is innovation for you?
It’s fundamental. Today, Nastrotex Cufra S.p.a. is experimenting with innovative integrations of fibers and yarns that are new to the textile sector, from metallic threads to electrical transmitters, aiming to create a technological and intelligent elastic material. Also, our attention to being environmental friendly and to sustainable development and respect for the area translate into an investment plan aimed at saving energy. The energy produced by solar panels, installed across the roof, guarantees 30% of the company’s electrical needs and allows it to reduce CO2 emissions.
What is/are your latest innovation/s?
We have now in our factory a state-of-the-art, high speed, high resolution, digital printing machine which is the only existing one of its kind in the world. With this equipment we are able to offer printed articles with excellent color resolution and brightness, ensure shortened lead times for regular elastics, and the possibility of handling small sample orders as well.
Why did you decide to be a part of the Footwear Innovation Show?
When we look to the future, we see a world of opportunity. Technical and aesthetic demands that must be fulfilled by designing something that does not yet exist: high performance, intelligent materials, innovative design, uses and applications in development. The path of research and innovation is our opportunity, the stimulation to look towards the future not only as a synonym of speed or ease of execution, but as a concrete possibility to answer the continually evolving needs of people and of the planet.
What are your expectation for the Show?
We expect visibility because analysis and forecasts say that the footwear industry will grow in sales within the next three years and most of the revenues will be generated in the United States. We also know that this is directly proportional to the growth of this sector in the Los Angeles area, also because many important brands have California as their home. We have built through the years solid relationship with our key-clients and we are ready to make our business grow.
Interview with Stefano Siliberti
NASTROTEX-CUFRA SPA / www.nastrotex-cufra.it