One of the most notable things about Autotex Srl, a company based in Borgosatollo
in the Italian province of Brescia, is that it has bucked the economic trend
of the last three years. Despite the overall market going through a difficult
period, Autotex has been able to react efficiently and quickly, building
expertise and diversifying production to meet their customer’s needs.
Results confirm a continued growth in annual turnover which has doubled
from 4 million in 2008, to 10 million in 2010.
Originally founded in 1975 by two Englishmen Ron Dorsett and Bob Haselgrove, Autotex expanded it’s European and International sales in the early 1980´s following the arrival of Angelo Morano. As a result of this business expansion, a strong working relationship developed with a young dynamic team of precision engineers from Brescia (Centerline Engineering Srl) and just two years later, in 1991, Angelo Morano and co- Director Marco Vanoglio agreed with Centerline Directors Walter Molinari and Robert Garzetti to merge the two companies together.
So, how has Autotex Srl achieve this growth in these challenging trading conditions? The answer, says Donatella Molinari, wife of Walter Molinari is the successful merging of these two companies which for twenty years have taken a leading role in developing products and solutions for the textile industry.
In particular, Autotex provides several types of equipment to meet the packaging needs of the sock industry. Among Autotex´s many national and international hosiery clients are leading organisations such as the Calzedonia Group, Golden Lady and Pompea. Machines are designed and manufactured according to a modular philosophy which allows the development of special customised solutions for each client’s particular needs. Recently, for example, a new production plant was built in Avio (Trento) for the Calzedonia Group and Autotex provided customised machine lines to automate the packaging of many different textiles produced by the company.
Such strong growth has been made possible, even in recent difficult trading years, by Autotex´s underlying spirit of leadership which has enabled them to operate very efficiently, selling over a hundred machines a year around the world. By satisfying the specific needs of their client’s, Autotex have also been able diversify into new markets including food, medicine and microbiology.
Today, Autotex supplies automated machine Solutions to customers throughout Europe and the World and recognises the individual needs and requirements for each country. For example, in Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus, the main focus is for modern and efficient automated machinery however, in the USA special attention is paid to the ecology and energy saving.
Products are the result of the Autotex´s technical ingenuity, which thanks to years of experience and testing within the Lombard factory, are diverse and divided into several categories: from simple manual solutions to semi-automatic, automatic and custom made solutions.
“What makes Autotex a leader “, said Mrs Molinari. “It’s our ability to provide unique machines, developed and designed individually to accommodate the specific business needs of our clients. This requires the packaging not only to differentiate between products, but also to add all the extras that are now essential to the market: pairing control of socks, boarding, attaching anti-theft tags, the most modern of which is RFID bar-coding”, she concluded.
Each unique Autotex system offers high production capacity performance and delivers high quality results and all the systems use SMC components.
Donatella Molinari underlines that for Autotex, SMC are recognised as the world’s leading manufacturer of pneumatic components for automation applications. “The relationship between Autotex and SMC has been built over a twenty year period and with them onboard we know it’s another powerful reason for our customers to buy our machines. Synergy is the keyword of our cooperation, reinforced by careful technical consultancy and SMC´s guaranteed quality. It’s the same relationship we have with our customers, based on a partnership of exchange and trust, so that our clients give us free access to visit their manufacturing plants where we have installations, with our other customers.
This close working relationship ensures close collaboration, respect and business confidentiality”.
Both Autotex and SMC guarantee fast and efficient
service and provide high levels of aftercare and
Autotex´s skilled workforce, can also arrange customer training sessions, to enable their customer’s to complete the majority of their machine’s maintenance using in-house operators.
Particular Autotex machines that deserve a special mention are their T32 Transform -a new concept boarding machine which is capable of boarding socks without steam under pressure and their Stepack packaging machine. Currently the jewel in Autotex´s crown, the modular Stepack system is extremely compact and versatile and is suitable for all types of hosiery packaging.
So the future looks good for this enterprising company
in Brescia, not just in the textile industry but in new markets for Autotex
such as the biomedical sector.