Carlo Fassi’s perspicacity and technical skills led him to conceive and produce the world’s first elastic fabric. Elastic threads did not yet exist, but the crossing of threads in double and false twist succeeded in giving elasticity to what until then had been rigid.

On the 18th of February, Carlo Fassi and his wife Irma Pogliani founded MECTEX S.a.s. Based in Olate di Lecco, part of the warping and weaving was still done externally.

The company moved to Erba and began an entirely in-house production.


Created in 1970 from an illustration of Gianni Pareschi, Busnelli’s POLTRONA FIOCCO became part of the permanent collection at MOMA in New York. The weight-bearing structure is made of curved tubular metal fitted with an elastic fabric cloth produced by Mectex that forms the seat.

The patented Superbiflex CX fabric passes every test and becomes the official fabric of the National Ski Teams of Italy, Austria and Germany.

The Supermecpor membrane fabric is patented, with revolutionary waterproof and breathable features. Field testing is carried out by an expedition to the Himalayas, with both clothing and wall tents. The mountaineers are enthusiastic about it, and from then a large-scale production will continue throughout the years.

On September the 1st the looms in the old premises were shut down and production restarted in the new factory in via Trieste, on 14,000 square metres of buildings equipped with the most innovative technical and technological solutions.

Fireblock, the line of fireproof fabrics specifically designed for the world of racing and personal protection, is created. The Mecpor family of fabrics is renewed and exceeds all limits of permeability and breathability.

The new Speedo swim suit, made entirely of Mectex fabric, broke 92% of world records, and won 94% of the gold medals and 89% of all medals awarded in swimming at the Beijing Olympics.

On the 15th of September, Paolo Scudieri’s Adler Group signed the lease of Mectex through its subsidiary Ora. The productive activity is maintained in the historical headquarter in Erba, and staff, know-how and spirit of innovation present in Mectex’s DNA are safeguarded.

The company is permanently transferred to Manifatture Italiane Scudieri, which have got the family name of the founder of the Adler Group. After this, at MUNICH FABRIC START, one of the most prestigious trade fairs in the sector, Mectex is awarded the Keyhouse Award for the best innovative technical fabric in the world, for its Noxflow photoluminescent trilaminate fabric.

Manifatture Italiane Scudieri acquires the historical Tessitura Luigi Santi. The portfolio of fabrics produced by the 76 looms is unique on the market in terms of innovation and variety.


We have this privilege: we love our job, and we do it by trying to learn every day.
We also do it to improve ourselves and our products, to make them become pieces of our history. With very talented employees and continuous training we guarantee a unique working experience. Know-how is shared and passed on, because being part of an historical textile company is a source of pride and an incentive to improve.


Manifatture Italiane Scudieri, in its ongoing commitment to the protection of all stakeholders and in compliance with the agreements set out in our Code of Ethics Group, has begun a quality and sustainability project some time ago, with particular reference to environmental safeguard, which has led us to obtain these international certifications.

ISO 9001: quality as a strategic choice. Permanent attention to the customer and end consumer.
OEKO TEX 100: control of the supply chain to guarantee quality and safety of all our products
GLOBAL RECYCLE STANDARD: the importance of recycling for the growth of a sustainable production and consumption model, with the purpose of favouring the reduction of resource waste (virgin raw materials, water and energy) and increase the quality of recycled products.
HIGG INDEX: the quantification of the environmental and social impact of production in the textile sector.
ISO 14001: environmental protection as an ethical commitment.

You can download the certifications below.

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