When Vamatex was first set up, in November of 1974, there were already many loom manufacturers on the market, with many years of sound experience in the field, with important customers: famous brands, in other words.
But at that time there was a team of people working on a single and ingenious intuition: the Propeller, the dynamic system for the movement of ribbon and rapier weft insertion system based on the principle of a variable pitch worm screw.
The story of Vamatex coincides perfectly with that of the Propeller: a story made up of continuous successes, marked by an unstoppable rise; a story consisting of ideas, men and their desire to believe in their work.
It wasn't an easy matter to turn the idea into a project and then an industrial production process, but drawing on the enthusiasm of the young designers and the know how and tenacity of the founding partners, the first Vamatex loom - the C201 - was soon built.
Vamatex offered a grey and black machine weighing about half that of the looms produced by the competition. A clear demonstration that high technology isn't necessarily heavy and that the soundness of a loom, born to produce, goes way beyond its look.
"But will it last?" That was the question potential users nearly always asked at the end of each presentation.
The answer is found in Vamatex's story, marked by important milestones, such as in 1975, when it first took part in ITMA (the world's most important textile machinery fair) in Milan, and in1976, they year that the first loom was sold abroad.
Next came the Hannover ITMA in 1979 with confirmation of the development of the company in terms of turnover, employee numbers, organisation and world standing (present in more than 50 countries). Then there was 1981, the year in which Vamatex first passed the 1000 units produced in a year mark.
The era of the P1001, the world's first rapier weaving machine that could work at more than 450 picks a minute in the textile mill, started in 1989.
The passage under the management of the Radici Group (Miro Radici became the Managing Director in 1992) provided a great stimulus for the business, resulting in several innovations in a short space of time. These included the new SIMOD electronic control system and the P1001es; followed by 9000 pluses positive rapier machine and the SP 1151es terry loom completing the product range and confirming the company's strategic decision to concentrate on the production of rapier machines.
Vamatex's growth curve continues upwards with the K2000 project with the appearance in 1997 of the new Leonardo loom - the loom of the third millennium - and then two years later came the Leonardo FTS, while the year 2000 saw the introduction of the new terry loom, the Leonardo DynaTerry, which is already proving itself to be a great success.
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