Italian yarn producer and world leader in its sector. The company is located in Capalle di Prato. Among its several products, it produces a yarn in carbon fiber called Relax, which was created in 1993 by transforming the chemical elements into a filament and then combining it with wool, cotton and viscose. It is a yarn that filters and screens up to 60% of electromagnetic fields. The company was established in 1975 to manufacture knitwear yarns. In just a few years, it had expanded to number 15 independent factories, each with a different and specific technology. The workforce totals 950 people, and the average annual production is 10 million kilograms of yarn in five lines of products. In 1998 turnover was over 170 million dollars. The group’s strong point lies in its constant innovation on the basis of a deep knowledge of materials, in particular the most traditional: wool, silk, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, camelhair, angora, cotton, and viscose. The company took two decades to complete its research on raw materials. Its products are appreciated by designers all over the world. As yarn is a semi-worked article, it is difficult to get it generally liked. Lineapiù runs a complex program to create interest around its yarns: masters degrees, specialization courses for young graduates, and exhibitions like that on Azzedine Alaïa at Palazzo Corsini in Florence. At Pitti Filati, in 1999, the company presented a yarn studded with Swarovski crystals and the yarns Cork, Bobol and Loc, which create, in the fabric, particular optical effects by absorbing and reflecting light.
&Quad;2000. Acquired 50% of Julien Mac Donald.
&Quad;2002. Registered a turnover of 150 million euros; 1,000 workers in the company’s 15 factories; 30 million sweaters manufactured every year. Giuliano Coppini is the group’s President, supported by his daughter Lola.
&Quad;2003, February. Shalon is the company’s new product. It is a tri-dimensional viscose yarn, capable of adhering to the body in a sensual way.