The 26th Shoes & Leather show: a privileged showcase for the Asian market
China’s close succession of summer appointments open with the 26th International Shoes & Leather Exhibition – Guangzhou, which will be held from 1-3 June, in Canton. A tradeshow in constant growth over the last few years, it is considered one of the most influential and authoritative sectorial events in Asia, due to the number of exhibitors, the rich selection of proposals and the participation of buyers and professionals. The 2016 appointment has registered over 1000 exhibitors from 25 countries, with an expected visitor footfall of 50.000, at an event that showcases the latest frontier in the footwear segment; the tanning machinery industry; leathers and hides; materials for shoes; clothing and leather suppliers; chemical products for processing leathers and shoes, and accessories. It’s an all-in-one solution that groups every segment of the entire production process all under one roof. The event has been subdivided and organised into product sectors (following the positive feedback from last year’s show), to make visiting the 55.000 square metre exhibition space easier.
The itinerary starts with chemical products (Hall 9), followed by the tanning and leather area (Hall 10), moving on to an analysis of the raw materials (Hall 11). Directly opposite are two halls dedicated to footwear and tanning machinery, with an additional area implemented for this last product segment. It’s an event that really interests Italy, which comes in second for the number of participants (with the delegation of Assomac and Unic) in 2015: a total of 7.6%, a notable slice when you consider that 64% of the “Exhibitor Pie” was made up of local companies. Also of interest is the segmentation of the visitors by areas of interest, which the organisation profiles each year: out of the 30.650 visitors (16.3% overseas), 21% came for leather and hides; 28% for footwear, and 27% for machinery (of which 20% were specifically interested in tanning).
In addition to the tradeshow there are also three more correlated events: above all, the 8th “International Footwear Design Competition”, a contest that has the objective of showcasing designer talent from all of the world and encouraging the designers to push for an increasingly higher level of footwear design. Secondly, there’s “Trend Walk”, a non-profit initiative, backed and sponsored by numerous footwear producers and international footwear associations, to give increased visibility to the very latest production technologies, top trending products (footwear and leather goods) and the most fashionable raw materials, to stimulate the creativity and inspiration of the sector technicians. Finally, “Shoes & Leather” will be hosting a number of seminars focused on the most recent technologies and trends in the footwear sector.