During the first nine months of last year, the value of exports of Biella exceeded 1.302 million euro, showing an increase by 2.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2015.Biella is a town and comune in the northern Italian region of Piedmont, the capital of the province of the same name, with a population of 45,016 as of 2014. It is located about 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of Turin and 80 kilometres (50 miles) west-northwest of Milan.
Data received are especially positive if they are considered in the whole context. This means that between January and September 2016, registered exports were steady at national level (+0.5) but declined at the regional level for the decrease by 4.9 per cent in Piedmont.
Among Biella’s manufacturing activities, which totally register an increase by 2.4 per cent, there are apparel industry (+6.6 per cent), mechanics industry (+6.6 per cent) and textile products (+1.1 per cent). Exports of yarns are growing by 3.9 per cent. Textile industry represents the first exporting sector for Biella area, with a sum equal to 60.7 per cent of the overall amount.
Alessandro Ciccioni – president of the Biella and Vercelli Chamber of Commerce – stated that the growth within EU was strongly positive. However, it was important to highlight that the difficulty within export sector was still present outside EU, especially in those countries that traditionally were important and strong as outlet markets. Since then, the Chambers of Commerce has committed to foster the opening toward foreign markets of local companies with special attention for small and medium enterprises’ needs. Going ahead he said that currently through the ongoing Chambers’ reform, Biella should commit itself to educate companies (especially the small ones) to face internationalisation, leaving to other appointed bodies boosting activities on foreign markets, in a period in which the situations on international exchanges leave lots of issues to sort out.