KARACHI - Pakistan has proved itself to be one of the major destinations for the Italian exports of textile machinery as the Italian exports to the Pakistani market rose by 228 per cent to 35.5 million euros in January-October 2010. Among the Asian markets, Pakistan is the third one only behind China and India. Antonio Avallone, Director of the Italian Trade Commission stated this while addressing a press conference organised by the Italian Trade Commission-Trade Section of the Consulate General of Italy at a local hotel here the other day. Speaking to the journalists, he said that out of total 228 per cent textile machinery exports to Pakistani manufacturers, spinning machinery exports increased to 44 per cent followed by finishing (22pc), weaving (15pc), and accessories (6pc) during January-October 2010. He revealed that the Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers Association, ACIMIT is organising two technological seminars in Karachi and Lahore. The event started in Karachi yesterday and will end in Lahore on March 17, 2011. The Italian Trade Commission Trade and Promotion Section of Italian Embassy and ACIMIT, for a number of years have jointly carried out many promotional activities for Pakistans textile industry. Several training and technical workshops have been held in Pakistan as well as Italy for the benefit of the Pakistani textile industry, he said adding that the present series of technological seminars is part of this ongoing contribution of Italy to the technological up gradation of Pakistans textile industry. He said, The seminar specifically features Italian companies manufacturing textile machinery that can help enhance value addition and quality of textile products, which textile companies are facing in Pakistan in their effort to overcome competition from other textile manufacturing countries. Italian textile know-how is an extremely valuable asset for those Pakistani companies that look to quality improvement as the solution to overcome competition based on cost factors, he added.