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Shoes, the secret of the XL EXTRALIGHT® sole

A special material for the sole of shoes. The first choice of Prada, Armani, Zegna, Hogan, Timberland. A patent that bills 220 million. Here is the happy story of Finproject and its patent of wonders

GQ 10th January 2020 – A sole for made in Italy shoes that weighs three times less than a traditional model: there are comfort details that make a substantial difference in everyday life and, in this case, they put wings on their feet.
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Sustainability at your feet

Finproject confirms its commitment in terms of environmental safeguard by providing articles made through the reusing of the by-products resulting from the processing cycle.

The XL EXTRALIGHT® product is still the flagship technology of Finproject, the Marche-based industrial group leader in the manufacturing of extra-lightweight materials based on cross- linked, expansible polyolefins. An ingredient brand that keeps evolving steadily through the research and development of compounds able to intercept and be a step ahead of footwear market trends.

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“Vulnerabile bellezza” triumphs in Florence: the docu-film on the earthquake is the best Italian work

Finproject considers social issues an integral part of its business ethics, which is why it has long been committed to improving the quality of life and socio-economic development of national and international communities.

After the tragic effects caused by the 2016-2017 earthquakes that hit our land, Finproject decided to support some of the valuable initiatives that took shape as a reaction to the facts.

An example is precisely the project “Vulnerabile bellezza” that wants to tell the beauty of the Marche Region, of the people who live it and their ties, already existing ties or that were formed after the earthquake.

The reason why Finproject decided to contribute through its XL EXTRALIGHT® brand to the realization of the project is precisely in the involvement of the people who strongly wanted it, making resources and capacities available, each according to their possibilities. A gesture for our territory, for the rebirth of countries and for the fight against their desertification.

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Finproject receives the ELITE certificate in London of Borsa Italiana

The prestigious award is reserved for entrepreneurial excellences that have distinguished themselves in international markets and are attractive to investors

London, 27th October 2019 – Borsa Italiana assigns the ELITE certificate to the Finproject Group, an award that demonstrates the growth path that has led the Marche company to become a leader in the production of special plastic materials through technological innovation and a business model vertically integrated.

“This recognition is an exceptional piece that is placed in a context that sees our company in strong expansion and increasingly attractive – says Maurizio Vecchiola, CEO of Finproject – Receive this certificate, by virtue of the judgment of authoritative professionals who have observed and measured the industrial performance of our Group, testifies that Finproject’s is a winning strategy and gives an extraordinary impulse to our desire to innovate to pursue ever more important objectives “.

The award was presented at the ELITE day organized in London, where in 2014 Borsa Italiana proposed the program – launched in Italy in 2012 – which supports the best Italian and international companies in the realization of their growth projects, allowing to seize new opportunities for visibility and networking, facilitating the approach to financial markets and improving the reputational capacity towards the various stakeholders.

Sky TG24 Borsa, certificato Elite a Finproject

Ansa, Borsa, certificato Elite a Finproject

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Finproject triumphs at the MF supply chain awards for the best innovation category

The award rewards the company from the Marche for having revolutionized the footwear sector and because it continues to innovate by investing in sustainability.

The MF Supply Chain Awards, dedicated to the most dynamic and innovative companies in the supply chain, the supply chain that is one of the distinctive values ​​of the Italian fashion system, were delivered today to the IBM studios at the end of the first day of the Milan Fashion Global Summit. .

The Finproject Group triumphed in the best innovation category, whose commitment to sustainable innovation was recognized by a jury of experts composed of Fulvia Bacchi (CEO of Lineapelle and dg of Unic concerie Italian), Carlo Capasa (President of the National Chamber of Italian fashion), Raffaello Napoleone (President of Pitti Immagine), Paolo Panerai (editor-in-chief and CEO of Class Editori), Giulia Pessani (Director of Gentleman), Stefano Roncato (Director of MF Fashion) and Flavio Sciuccati (partner of The European House – Ambrosetti).

The motivation with which the jury awarded the company is the following: “Since the 70s, Finproject has revolutionized the world of soles, with the monobloc soles in PVC leather (the George funds, patented in 1978) and the soles in thermoplastic rubber TR. Today it continues to innovate by investing in sustainability ”.

ANSA “Finproject vince per Best Innovation”

corriereadriatico.it “Finproject si aggiudica il prestigioso premio per innovazione e sostenibilità”

ItaliaOggi “Premiati i maestri della filiera”

MF Fashion la supply chain protagonista al MFGS 2019

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MF Fashion 22.10.19

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Finproject Group appoints Matteo Ragni creative director of XL EXTRALIGHT®

The two-time winner of the Compasso d’Oro will lead the brand from the Marche Region, result of the research and creativity of Finproject Industries, which has revolutionised the footwear industry and stimulated innovation, technology and creativity in many other fields, from design to the automotive.
The main challenge will be to make the personality of an ingredient brand explode, ideal for creating extremely versatile, light and surprising products, both for everyday use.
Born in Milan in 1972, Matteo Ragni graduated in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan and since 1994 he has been designing and dealing with design in the most diverse fields of industry and crafts, with an interest that focuses more and more on vault design to combine typological function and innovation.
He has worked for many companies, for which he has often integrated the creative director activity into a designer, creating perfectly synchronized communication and production systems.
Relations with Italian and international entrepreneurs allow him to build a modus operandi that respects the DNA and history of each individual brand, in the belief that only in this way can the profession of the designer have an ethics and a function of true evolution.
Over the years he has received some prestigious awards such as the Compasso d’Oro ADI (2001, 2014), the Wallpaper Design Award (2008), the Prize for the Prize for Innovation of the Presidency of the Italian Republic (2012) and the Good Design Award ( 2015).
Finally, he is also a teacher in various Italian and international universities, an art director and an architect.
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K 2019 Düsseldorf, 16-23 October 2019

This year, too, as every edition, we will take part to the World’s No. I Trade Fair for Plastic and Rubbers K 2019. The exhibition will take place from 16 to 23 October at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre. An extensive supporting programme supplements the exhibitors’ presentations. Especially noteworthy are the special show titled “Plastics shape the future” and the Science Campus as the forum for exchanges on science and research.

Come and visit our booth from 16 till 23 October 2019 Booth Hall 7 B08


LINEAPELLE Winter 20/21. 4-6 October at Fieramilano Rho (Milano)

This year, too, as every year, we will take part in the International exhibition of leather, accessories, components, synthetic materials, fabrics, models for footwear, leather goods, clothing and furniture called “Lineapelle” at Fieramilano Rho (Milan).

Come and visit our booth made entirely of XL EXTRALIGHT® from 4 till 6 October 2019.

Hall 24 – Stand G21-G29 H22-H30

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XL EXTRALIGHT® is taking part in the International exhibition for the technical foam manufacturing supply chain. Foam Expo is Europe’s first free-to-attend trade fair for the manufacturers and buyers of technical foam products and technologies, as well as the entire foam supply chain. Come and visit our booth from 10 till 12 September 2019.

Halle 10 Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH Messepiazza 1 70629 Stuttgart Germany
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The Finproject Group receives the ELITE certificate from Borsa Italiana

The Finproject Group has received the ELITE certification, issued by Borsa Italiana and reserved for excellent companies with high growth potential.

This certification represents an important recognition of excellence that confirms the Group’s growth path, which is even more competitive today in the international markets and more visible and attractive vis-à-vis investors and the market.