Twilight In Italy

What happens when a traditional European industry faces Asian competition? A crisis. Welcome to Manzano, Italy's chair capital

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Manzano's giant 23-ton chair is a reminder of the town's more prosperous times

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That's a difficult lesson for Manzano to comprehend. A company called Sibau just down the road from Piani's factory collapsed last May, with the loss of 50 jobs. "They stayed still too long," Piani laments. "They thought nobody could make chairs the way they did."

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