CIMAC: the new headquarters is inaugurated
The ribbon was cut on the new CIMAC headquarters this past 24 January in Vigevano, in the presence of Mayor Andrea Sala and Assocalzaturifici President Annarita Pilotti. The entire Board of Directors of the footwear association was also in attendance, along with the local and sector press.
Via Aguzzafame 60/b, always in Vigevano, a territory rich in the footwear manufacturing tradition, is the address of the new headquarters of CIMAC. A modern, streamlined and functional structure that enlarges the areas dedicated to testing, analyses, certifications, and consultancy services from 660 to 2,200 square metres.
“We would like to thank member of the board Massimo Martinoli and Ms. Paola Crespi, head of the CIMAC Business Unit, who discovered this structure. – declares Annarita Pilotti – It took us a while to get to this point: initially, with Mayor Sala, we were considering the spaces of the ex-slaughterhouse. But its restoration would have been too expensive and taken too much time. This headquarters is instead in line with the activities of CIMAC and allows a much bigger area to be dedicated to the laboratories which, in the old structure, were quite tight. I would also like to point out that CIMAC over the last four years has increased its turnover by 40%. The new headquarters is accordingly the pride and joy of the Association, a flower that must be carefully looked after and tended to so it can grow”.
The new headquarters features a spacious lobby that branches off into various conference rooms, followed by a door that then leads to the inner sanctum of CIMAC where the products to be analysed are received and registered. Next, is a big open space called the “Agora” by the centre’s employees: “It’s almost like a nerve centre – explains Pietro Biglia, Head of the Centre’s Fashion Area – this is where material datasheets are registered and where we draw up the results of our tests and evaluations: we in fact prefer to explain our testing and results in detail, so we can offer a better service to companies”. From the Agora, it is possible to access different laboratories where – just like a CSI of footwear –tests are affected, analyses are undertaken, and experiments are done… Every laboratory is identified by a different colour: the Fashion Laboratory in yellow will test not only footwear, but also bags, accessories, and apparel. Instead, the two red laboratories are respectively dedicated to mechano-physical tests and chemical analyses for safety footwear, PPE and certifications. Light blue is the colour of the laboratory for consumer safety testing, which will verify if the substances used are hazardous or might cause allergic reactions. “This kind of analysis allows companies to comply not only with REACH standards, but also with other kinds of safety standards currently in force, like the ones in the USA and China. – explains Pietro Biglia – In this case, the support of CIMAC is essential to companies that want to export and be compliant with regulations in every part of the world”. Finally, in the other yellow laboratory, or rather the “institutional” laboratory, tests regarding resistance to use in footwear are undertaken not only to evaluate performance, but also to analyse the degree of comfort. Additionally, an entire area is dedicated to the fire resistance of safety footwear and apparel.