The ACLE leather fair of Shanghai will be held on 1 – 3 September 2020 as originally planned. The announcement was made today by organisers who point out that the Chinese event will be the first leather fair to take place after the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore will be a very important occasion for the industry to relaunch business. But who will be able to participate in the Chinese event given the travel restrictions still in force in most parts of the world? The question is still waiting for a clear answer, but organisers are very confident that the situation will evolve positively in the coming months and that many travel restrictions will be lifted.
This 23rd edition of ACLE is an important occasion for relaunching business on the Chinese market after several months of lockdown. Hides exporting countries like CICB of Brazil and LHCA of USA have confirmed their interest in participating if travel conditions permit. As always, the entire supply chain for the leather industry will be represented. The world’s leading chemical suppliers such as the Portuguese Colors and German Evonik have confirmed their intention to take part in the event, as well as European tanneries such as Bader, Italpelli, Italrettile, and Chinese tanneries such as Henan Prosper, Xinji City Meihua Leather, Jinan Luri Junda Leather.
Despite the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic, organisers also point out that the IMF is still forecasting the economy to grow by 1.2% this year, followed by a rebound of up to 9.2% in GPD terms in 2021. The easing of the protection measures and the end of the lockdown in various countries – reads the statement – will see the gradual improvement of retail sales leading to a recovery in the third and fourth quarter of the year, especially in China which has rebounded thanks to “revenge spending.”
“In China, business and the daily life of the public have returned to normal. The Chinese consumer market is making a steady recovery which has led to an increase in the demand for raw materials such as leather, tanning chemicals and machinery,” observed Mr Li Yuzhong, Chairman of the China Leather Industry Association and co-organiser of the fair with APLF.
As usual ACLE will be also an important platform for the organisation of conferences, seminars and trend events.
To ensure the safety of buyers and exhibitors, organisers are working closely with the exhibition venue of Shanghai to apply all the necessary safety measures on site, such as the installation of temperature screening equipment and the provision of masks, disinfectant gel and disposable gloves.