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The partnership between ICOL Group, an international group of companies, and ELSE Corp, a virtual retail and cloud manufacturing company has been confirmed. ELSE Corp looks forward to becoming an AI R&D Lab for ICOL Group. This relationship between ICOL Group, a high-technology company based in Barcelona, and the Milanese start-up represents a fundamental step towards having an integrated and fully automated, robotic solution for the production of footwear and leather goods, factory logistics processes.

From December 2019 ELSE Corp became the technological partner for ICOL Group in Italy, thanks to its innovative products and services such as 3D Virtual Sampling, and, now the basis of ICOL’s “PLM & Digital Twins” project, and also especially for its research team and development, which has gained a good experience in the last 2 years with projects based on artificial intelligence for design, retail and manufacturing.

The link between the two partners took place through the brand and retailer Belwest, already a customer of both, ELSE Corp and ICOL Group, where there was a great deal of coherence between the vision of Dmitry Gontsov (founder and CEO of ICOL Group) and that of Andrey Golub ( ELSE Corp, now also the General Manager of ICOL Italia).

Andrey Golub would like to underline that with ICOL ITALIA ,

“We aim for Italy as 100% R&D on the theme of Digital Twins & AI, but we also do not neglect the aspect of a commercial office, oriented to early adopters of innovation and above all on partnerships industrial.”

ICOL Group, accompanied by ELSE Corp, just attended SIMAC Tanning Tech 2020, the international exhibition of machinery and technologies for footwear, leather goods and tanning, from the 19th to 21st of February 2020. ELSE Corp, to launch of a new family of solutions for the Footwear industry: A Digital B2B Ecosystem and a Native Robo-Factory Framework. 

Public demonstrations, one-on-one meetings, and the official launch of the group operations for Smart Digital Footwear Ecosystem (ICOL.Digital) and Smart Footwear Factory Solutions (ICOL.Factory) in the European and Global Markets took place at SIMAC Tanning Tech 2020, Rho Fiera Milano Pad. 18.


ICOL Group is an international group of companies headquartered in Barcelona (Spain). The global group started business activity in 2017 and completed its consolidation in 2019. Presently, the group includes 6 R&D centers in EU and CIS countries. 


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ELSE Corp, a Virtual Retail company, is an Italian B2B startup that develops E.L.S.E. (Exclusive Luxury Shopping Experience), a new customer experience through an innovative SaaS cloud platform for Virtual Retail, Virtual 3D Commerce and Cloud based Hybrid & Distributed Manufacturing. We work to make it easier for fashion companies to engage with their customers in an interactive, omni-channel and new virtual way. 


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Photos from the event

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