High hopes for ACLE 2014, the leather fair that  will host over 1400 exhibitors from round the world  from 3 to 5 September

An important occasion for sounding out the Chinese market and understanding better how demand from local manufacturers is going, also in light of forced closure of many small tanneries in northern China, Hebel and Wuxi to be exact, for environmental reasons. The Chinese leather trade is evolving strongly and an important fair like ACLE – All China Leather Exhibition – will undoubtedly enable international dealers to get a clearer view of changes taking place so as to choose the right strategies. One official figure to keep in mind is already known: last year the Chinese tanning industry reduced production of finished leather by 23% and this obviously opens new space for foreign tanners. Despite a general slowdown in growth rate, China in fact still produces some 4.9 billion pairs of shoes per year, made by 2,400 factories. The automobile segment is also very important, registering around 23 million cars annually, about 40% of which have leather interiors.

The meeting of offer and demand, as well as numerous seminars and conventions forecast during the event, should cast light on many current problems destined to influence trends in the sector in coming months, starting with conditions and availability of raw hides. From 3 to 5 September, at the great exhibition center of Pudong (SNIEC), the whole merchandise range of the sector will be shown by over 1,400 firms from worldwide: obviously lots of leathers of all possible provenance but also the best offers of chemical products for tanning thanks to the presence of a full roster of the world’s major chemical companies, as well as equipment and machinery for tanning. At the ACLE as always visitors will also be able to view offers of Chinese footwear and leather goods of the two concurrent shows CIFF and Moda Shanghai.

As regards logistics the event promises to be similar to the edition of last year, with a further increase in exhibition space for a total of 92,000 square meters of which 37,000 will host foreign firms. Participation couldn’t be more international, thanks to the presence of 19 national groups. Last year ACLE saw a record attendance of 24,233 visitors.