ACLE 2011 kicks off on September 6th. This is the fourteenth edition of this leading leather fair in Mainland China and a record number of exhibitors and visitors are being forecast.
This should be no surprise due to the growing activity in China’s leather sector. According to recent figures published by the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), the country exported 4.21 billion pairs of shoes in the first five months of this year with a value of US$14.26 billion. This is an increase of 5.3% and 21.5% respectively. The average export price per pair also increased by 15.4% to US$3.39 compared to the same period last year.
At the same time footwear imports increased to 16.69 million pairs worth US$440 million, which represents an increase of 52.3%.
The leather sector continues on the up and up. CLIA reported that leather production from local tanneries during the first five months of the year increased by 26.9% compared to the same period last year. Exports also increased by 28.8%.
The activity evident in China’s leather sector should be reflected in the dynamics of ACLE which runs from September 6th – 8th in Shanghai.