Our history begins in 1891...
The Martinelli family has been working in the textile industry since the end of the 19th century in Val Gandino, an Italian textile district that is well-known for the production of woolen cloths. In 1891, Cavaliere del Lavoro Luigi Martinelli launched his textile manufacturing business, which went on to become one of the best-known manufacturing companies in this sector.
The World Wars prevented Mr. Martinelli from passing on his nephew Ginetto, but in 1947, he launched his own business in Leffe, producing woolen blankets.
The intelligence, passion and tenacity of the company founder Ginetto and his wife Margherita enabled the company to grow, and in the 1960s, production was expanded to include cotton and linen as well as wool.
In the 1970s, the business began producing jacquard fabrics, and quickly ranks at the top of the global market as a leading producer and distributor of fine damask linens for the household linens sector.
Ginetto's sons, Sergio and Luciano, joined the company, with the former dedicated to business development and the latter to administration and finance.
NORD CINIGLIA - the yarn division of the current MARTINELLI GINETTO Group - is founded, specializing in the production and distribution of chenille yarn collections, designed and tested for use in furnishing, outdoor, upholstery and clothing fabrics.
DUNITALIA is founded in the city of Pápa, Hungary. DUNITALIA became a strategic production facility for Martinelli Ginetto, as the site at which the wool spinning, and the chenille spinning and weaving processes were carried out.
Alberto Paccanelli joined the Group's corporate and managerial team, working with Sergio and Luciano Martinelli on leading the strategic and operational management of the company. His arrival marked the strengthening of the management structure, and the beginning of the Group's expansion plan.
Acquisition of GIUSEPPE BRIGNOLI Srl. Founded in 1939, the company is globally recognised for the creativity and quality of its yarn-dyed jacquard fabric collections for household linens.
Acquisition of CANDEGGIO LA BRIANTEA. Founded in 1850 in Arcore, the company is dedicated to the dyeing and finishing of fine fabrics.
With the support of a dedicated creative team, KOHRO - the collection of large width fabrics for furnishing applications - is launched. It is specifically dedicated to the world of architects and interior designers.
MARTINELLI GINETTO established a digital printing line, using advanced Japanese printing technology on the finished fabric to enable high levels of manufacturing flexibility, ideal for the production of custom fabrics, including those in small batches.
MARTINELLI GINETTO joined LYONTEX as a major shareholder; the company is a traditional artisan textile manufacturer, dedicated to the production of high-quality jacquard fabrics that are 100% Made in Italy. The subsequent addition of the GIUSEPPE BRIGNOLI company to the Lyontex Group strengthened the position of the latter in the high-end household linens segment.
Francesco Zenoni joined the Group's corporate and managerial team, working with Sergio and Luciano Martinelli and Alberto Paccanelli on leading the strategic and operational management of the company. His entry marked the beginning of the journey towards the digitalization of the company.
Acquisition of Manifattura SATTA E BOTTELLI, an historical textile finishing company based in Nerviano. The Group further strengthened its presence within the production chain, establishing its position as a European leader in the textile finishing segment.
For the first time, MARTINELLI GINETTO presented itself as MARTINELLI GINETTO GROUP, with the spinning division now united under one name, NORD FILATI, a brand specialized in the production of wool, chenille and fancy yarns.