Tacchificio Villa Cortese, Innovation open to the supply chain

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Tacchificio Villa Cortese, specialized in the production of footwear components, invests in research and development trying to gather with the other companies in the district

Silvia Paganini, Valeria Paganini e Chiara Gazzardi Tacchifcio Villa Cortese
From the left, Silvia Paganini, Tacchificio Villa Cortese commercial and marketing director, Valeria Paganini and Chiara Gazzardi

“We have asked ourselves about the opportunity to attend this edition of Lineapelle several times. In the end, the need to give the market a signal of strength prevailed, not only as a company, but above all as a part of the fashion supply chain, the number one in the world,” explains Silvia Paganini, commercial and marketing director of Tacchificio Villa Cortese when we met her at the fair. “It was a leap in the dark, but it was also about our responsibility towards the sector.

Years of work dedicated to the development of new lines and new research projects: at the beginning of the lockdown we had the feeling that everything was about to collapse, but today we are satisfied with how we managed to face the moment. Above all, smart working let us keeping on doing research and development thanks to the new simulation software.” That’s how the company, specialized in the production of footwear components, hit Lineapelle in September with a new, bold collection of articles renowned by the most prestigious international fashion brands for their excellence, quality, eco-sustainability and traceability features.

The Fheel Green® line has now officially entered production. “It is a material for heel molding that combines static mechanical properties that are also better than traditional ABS as it features significantly higher sustainability performance – continues Paganini. – It’s manufactured using fewer resources in the production and transport (energy, water, etc.), it is 100% recyclable and it features the same predisposition for finishing processes (lacquering, galvanic, bonding), dimensional stability and surface quality as those of ABS.”


The eco-friendly lines Fheel Green® and Camheelion™

The company, headquartered in the Parabiago district, has also focused its research on finishing materials with improved eco-compatibility such as CamheelionTM, the coating line for heels made together with the multinational corporation 3M. In addition to the environmental advantages (less impact in the production process and reduction of production waste), 3M films offer a high-quality standard and countless stylistic customization possibilities. The patterns are able to faithfully reproduce, even to the touch, materials such as marble, wood, fabric.

“We always cared about sustainability issues – concludes Paganini – and we have made stable the partnerships with external bodies, universities, research centers by opening an in-house R&D office in collaboration with a spin-off of Lucca’s Institute for Advanced Studies. The goal is to do 4.0 business through innovation that must be open to the entire supply chain: we believe that only through the involvement of all the trade operators it is possible to really grow and become players in the economic and social development of the territory. The synergies that can arise are many, from commercial to stylistic ones; we are trying to gather with other companies of the supply chain and districts, the real strength of Italian footwear, in order to give customers of the luxury segment an all-round service. ‘No man is an island’: this never worked and for sure won’t work in this particular moment, too.”

Tacchificio Villa Cortese turns 60 in 2021. Grown on the foundations laid by Luigi Gazzardi in 1961, TVC Group today welcomes the talent of the third generation (five of the six grandchildren are employed in the company). “Tradition and innovation are our inseparable drivers, innovation has been the leitmotif of the company history and an endurance guarantee. We are ready to face the challenges of the market, aiming at becoming a strategic, certified partner of quality and excellence for our customers.”