The largest international leather exhibition in China, All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), returned to Shanghai after a four-year break and was successfully held from August 29 to 31 at the new Shanghai International Exhibition Center, writes Worldfootwear.com
The event, organized by APLF and the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), attracted more than 1000 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions. The exhibition presented 14 national pavilions (Australia, Brazil, China (Guanghe, Pingyu, Wuhai, Wuji and Xinji provinces), France, Italy, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA).
The event was much larger than expected and offered some hope for a market recovery amid a difficult period for the Chinese leather industry, which had performed poorly in the first half of the year, media reports said. Overall, leather companies issued 2023% fewer invoices from January to June 12,6 than during the same period in 2022, when COVID-19 restrictions were still in place across the country, according to CLIA. This may be a consequence of lower demand in Western markets.
Association President Mr. Li Yuzhong said the leather industry hopes for an increase in the domestic consumer market in the second half of the year and into 2024 as the Chinese government provides incentives to support Chinese consumers. In addition, according to Li Yuzhong, the sector invests in scientific, environmental and technological developments.