Very often, thinking about textiles, one imagines a sector closely linked to tradition, especially in a territory like ours in which manufacturing is strongly rooted. In reality, textiles and clothing, in particular technical textiles, are sectors in which innovation and research are making incredible progress and which offer young people great opportunities.
At Grassi 1925 we invest about 5% of our turnover every year in research, to promote and develop new projects for increasingly avant-garde clothing, but not only. In fact, innovation involves our entire production process, from weaving to packaging, up to the marketing and distribution of the garments. From the use of graphene to improve thermal comfort to automatic cutting, from sensors to digital measurement, there are so many process and product innovations.
In many cases we use the help of partners to develop our ideas, international partners with great experience behind us such as Goretex, 3M, Dupont, Dyneema, Klopman but also innovative partners and young start-up with whom we develop very interesting projects such as Directa Plus, Tiba Tricot, Ideal.
Meetings with students
We believe it is important to show this aspect of the textile and clothing sector especially to young people who have to enter the world of work. Not only fashion designers, tailors or pattern makers, but also experts, engineers, developers: there are so many professionals who may be of interest in a sector like ours.
Job & Orienta 2020
For this reason we like to participate in initiatives and events designed for young people. Unfortunately, in the year that has just passed, the opportunities for meeting the students have been forcibly reduced. But in November 2020 we were invited to participate in the digital edition of the event Job & Orienta,national exhibition of guidance, education, training and work. A different edition, but one that has been successful a great success as shown by the recorded numbers: 68 thousand people registered, 250 online events, over 50 thousand views, 200 exhibitors, 10,500 one to one meetings.
For this event, our President Roberto Grassi recorded a short video in which he introduces young people to the potential of the textile and clothing sector and offers some advice to those who are about to face their first interviews and are about to enter the world of work. We share it below:
The same message was then resumed a few days ago, on January 12, during a virtual meeting with students of IIS “Dalla Chiesa” in Sesto Calende, ISIS “A. Ponti” in Gallarate and ISIS “Edith Stein” in Gavirate.
In this occasion Barbara Colombo Garoni, our Head of Communications and the Press Office, and Daniela Ferroni, Head of Research & Development, took part in the Generation of Industry project “Lessons with companies” presenting our company to an audience of about 160 young people.
As we have already had the opportunity to tell, Grassi 1925 has supported the Industrial Generation Project of the Union of Industrialists of the Province of Varese since its first year. It is a concrete way for companies to interface and collaborate with schools, to communicate with students by helping the most deserving with scholarships and internships.In a year as special as 2020, in which schools had to test themselves with distance learning, Generazione d’Industria also had to review its projects and opportunities for contact with students.
In April a new section of the site was created, a sort of virtual library, in which the partner companies of the project had the opportunity to publish articles, videos or material that could be consulted by students and teachers: we are also there with some video on Digital Transformation and the Smart Jacket project for the Fire Brigade.
From the beginning of November, real online lessons have started, available in the virtual classroom. Also in this case we were happy to participate, with the desire to be able to be together with the kids again soon because certainly the activities in presence give greater satisfaction! For the moment we hope to have stimulated their curiosity and the desire to discover a world as vast and exciting as that of technical textiles!