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Aug 02, 2018
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The recovery which comes and goes

After shelving a 2017 with moderately positive indicators, but which are enough to make one hope for a trend reversal, The National Footwear Assembly faces the disappointment of 2018’s first quarter with an abrupt halt.

Indeed, sectoral data show a not so brilliant beginning of the year for Italian footwear with regard to both foreign sales and production rhythms. Exports registered a timid +0.1, against a drop in volume of more than 3% in comparison with the same period last year.

The problems are attributed to the CSI area, which has interrupted the promising recovery, showing a Russian market with serious difficulties, and to the crisis in the Far East (Japan in particular) falling sharply, not compensated even by the Chinese market’s recovery.

The solution? Footwear companies agree that the US market is the one with the best growth prospects in the next few months, but the horizon remains uncertain and foggy, especially if we consider another two unresolved problems: on one hand, internal consumption, which continues to remain at a standstill even at the beginning of 2018; on the other hand, the crisis of companies and the employment crisis, which got bigger in 2018’s first quarter.

Similar worries are also present in the sectors of tanning machines, footwear machines and leather-goods machines, despite the last few record years.

The message is clear: the recovery is happening; today it is, tomorrow, maybe…. To keep focusing on sustainability and innovation (as we can see by reading this issue) seems to be the only hook for a future of growth.


Skin is not a regular thing
The machine has been set in motion again, but there is stillwork to be done
REACH: Safety has its costs
REACH: what will happen now?


New developments in leather chemicals by Lanxess
ICAP Leather Chem in Shanghai with many novelties for fashion and automotive
Bright, intense colors developed by Stahl for tanners and designers
More awareness with Smit & Zoon Product Passport
The first 30 years of SYN-BIOS
A green project for Ethiopia with Stahl
TFL: innovation starts here
KLF Tecnokimica: the solutions that work
Codyeco presents the collection for AW 2019-2020: an emotional journey between classic and innovation
HOTMIX, heated mixing plants by S.C. Costruzioni Meccaniche
AEFFE Machinery: "We like to amaze"


The art of raising the prestige of waste material
AICC calendar: focus on training and information
In Shanghai to study the market’s evolution
The future is outlined in Dresden
Balducci: “The Italian Leather Research Institute makes us stronger”
Andreas Kindermann is the new president of COTANCE
Pitti Immagine Uomo 94 – Excellent results and creative energy
The Mastrotto Group invests 15 million euro in Santa Croce sull’Arno


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