40 years in business as of 2018, but always with an eye to the future, as is clearly demonstrated by the presence of a young and eager third generation in the company.
Asoltex is a solid example of a successful family business. Specialized in textile research and lamination with various materials, like foams, membranes and films, and in finishing treatments that add value to a product in terms of look, comfort and technology.
Future rhymes with sustainable
The future, to Asoltex, means sustainability. A concept that translates into
to the environment
, the search for new materials and the optimization of
production processes. This is not only marketing and raising awareness: we are
talking about real investments.
«Our headquarters are in Asolo» says Lucia Scotti, the founder’s daughter
at the helm of the company for some decades now.
«We were born and raised inside
the sports footwear district of Montebelluna, where we are suppliers and
partners of the makers of the most famous brands of ski and hiking boots. Over
the years, we have expanded our client portfolio to include other sectors. First
off, naturally, casual footwear, followed by many others: apparel, leather
accessories, decor, orthopedics and medical supplies.
Pioneers by tradition
In its research on textiles and other materials, Asoltex tracks and intercepts trends that become popular worldwide. In the case of sustainability, we can safely say that it anticipated the current fashion.
first proposals of fabrics in certified organic natural fibers
» recalls Lucia
«date back to at least 2008 and were intended for fashion and casual
footwear. From then to today we can say that in this sector there has been a
real revolution, with two fundamental elements: on the one hand the
reinterpretation in a fashion key of traditionally sporty garments - think of
the reinvention of sneakers – and on the other, increased attention to the
environment by the big brands of fashion and sports footwear, which has its
synthesis in the campaigns for the collection and recycling of plastic bottles
from the seas. This has led to an explosion in the demand for synthetic fabrics
made from recycled Polyester.
New Life: recycled and GRS certified products
current Asoltex catalogue, there is a family of products called New-Life, made
exclusively from textiles and raw materials in polyester or recycled
are intended for use in various parts of a shoe
» explains Mattia Scotti, 24, who
works in the company’s R&D department.
«For example, the insoles and the
lining, components that require comfort, breathability and bacteriostatic
properties. Or in the uppers, where you need resistance, esthetics and
recently obtained GRS certification for some of these products. Global Recycled Standard is the
international brand, promoted by Textile Exchange, that guarantees the recycled origin of a semi-finished or finished material, going up through its entire supply chain, and
also verifies compliance with a series of best practices related to worker
safety and environmental protection.
From product to process: ISO 14001
Also in the last year, Asoltex applied for and obtained another certification, ISO 14001, which joins ISO 9001 and guarantees the company's compliance with the first international standard for environmental management.
have always had relatively little environmental impact» confirms Luca Scotti, head
of production. «We use solvent-free
glues and adhesives, we don’t discharge liquid waste and we don’t use much water.
The ISO 14001 certification gave us greater awareness
of an environmental policy that was already part of our DNA. In addition to
this, we are committed to further improving waste management, by reducing
processing waste or looking for safe and traceable channels through which to
send it for recycling.»