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Ultimo aggiornamento: 26 Maggio 2013
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Business figures

There are over 28,000 businesses operating in the Prato district, mainly in textiles and ancillary processes, but also in other sectors like craftsmanship, farming and retail.
Prato's production fabric is made up of a variegated universe of small and medium-sized enterprises located in a territory with a great entrepreneurial vocation, that shows its initiative, both individual and collective in numerous emerging sectors of the economy. Manufacturing is obviously the predominant sector, with over 8,500 companies.
Together with a typically Prato-style entrepreneurship, over recent years we have also seen the increasingly greater presence of immigrants, in particular from Eastern Europe, China and North Africa, who have decided to set up business in the city. Today ten percent of Prato companies are in fact owned by foreigners: the main sectors are clothing (run almost exclusively by the Chinese), building, retail, restaurants and bars.
Prato however has a continually evolving economic picture: the city is trying to save its textile tradition but at the same time also attempting to reinvent itself in new sectors and new jobs. A wind of change has also been brought by the development of tourism.
Rediscovery of Prato as a place of art and culture, and its vicinity to Florence, often saturated with tourists, has increased the number of hotels in the city and is also a positive driver for the economy throughout the area.
Input has in fact arrived also outside the city walls: in Val di Bisenzio and on the Medici hills, holiday farmhouses and small hotels have increased in both number and quality. And to further encourage growth in this sector, Prato is planning promotion through a special consortium.

The figures for the Freight Terminal

Prato is home to the Central Tuscan Interporto or freight terminal, one of the most important logistics hubs in central Italy. With its 55 operators, 700,000 m2 with 60,000 m2 of warehouses, 6,000 m2 of management offices and an 8-rail 650 metre intermodal terminal it is a strategic infrastructure at the centre of an important phase of development. Thanks to the freight terminal, the area's businesses with their strong export vocation, can reach all the international markets.

The textile district

The Prato district is one of the biggest industrial districts in Europe and it represents a production model that has been the subject of numerous studies and research projects. It covers around 700 square kilometres, taking in 13 municipalities. It includes a total of 8,000 businesses employing more than 35,000 people. The Prato industrial system is based on division of production among numerous small and medium-sized independent companies, each one specialising in a specific activity (spinning, twisting, warping, weaving, dyeing and trimming or finishing). In addition to this, the Prato wool mills manage to streamline their strategies with shared objectives that include high quality standards, fast delivery times and competitive prices.

The industrial aqueduct

The 1st industrial Macrolotto in Prato is the largest totally private industrial estate in Italy. It covers an area of around 1,500,000 square metres and houses about 380 companies. GIDA SpA, the company in charge of purifying waste water, also manages recovery and re-use of waster water. After the purifying process and special post-treatment, in fact, this waste water is distributed to companies on the estate that use water for their processes via the industrial aqueduct that has a network of around 60 km. There is also an independent system inside Macrolotto 1 that contributes to the production of water for re-use. The Prato industrial aqueduct is a structure that has no equal in Italy and few in the world for its huge size. It is a modern evolved method of saving natural water resources.


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