The largest leather trade expo in the world, APLF, features a wide variety of leather and parts. The production sectors for leather products and mid- to high-quality footwear are where APLF is best positioned to get leathers further “downstream” or in relation to them.
Configuration of Exhibitors and Visitors According to the organizers, there will be 500 exhibitors and 15 national pavilions from Brazil, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Spain, the Taiwan region, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States will be present on 20,000 square meters of exhibition space.
Promos for Buyers The organizers are attempting to draw some 8,000 delegates, including buyers from India, Pakistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Romania, and the Middle East, in collaboration with our six Informa regional offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). As a result, the buyer mix will differ from a typical Hong Kong event, but it will present fresh chances from adjacent African and Middle Eastern nations for participating companies wishing to diversify their customer base abroad.
The APLF staff is collaborating closely with national leather, footwear, and retail associations from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Romania, Russia, as well as those from Europe and Africa to organize buying groups to APLF Dubai in an effort to boost our visitor promotion campaign.
APLF, which is strategically positioned in Hong Kong, provides a business platform where suppliers may connect with thousands of foreign buyers who do sourcing visits yearly throughout Asia Pacific.
The new Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, will host a special edition of the Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF), which is based in Hong Kong, from October 19–21, 2022. Additionally, APLF Dubai 2023 will take place from March 13–15, 2023, at the Dubai World Trade Center’s Trade Center Arena and Sheikh Saeed Halls 1-3.
The key details of these upcoming events were revealed at the webinar press conference today by Ms. Grace Lee, Event Manager at Informa Markets Asia, APLF Director, Mr. David Bondi, Senior Vice President at Informa Markets Asia, and Mr. Suwatchai Wongcharoensin, President of the Thai Tanning Industry Association.
They anticipated that due to travel and quarantine constraints for overseas travelers, it would be challenging to connect with buyers from China and Southeast Asia face-to-face since 2019, when APLF was last hosted in Hong Kong. Thankfully, the ten-nation ASEAN bloc will have resumed operations once the spread of Covid 19 is done. Bangkok will serve as the city’s commercial center and serve as the starting point for luring back customers from Asia-Pacific (APAC).
More than 300 exhibitors from all over the world are anticipated to congregate in Halls 1-2 of QSNCC, covering approximately 11,500 square meters, for the APLF ASEAN, which will be held in a 3-in-1 format combining Leather, Materials+, and Fashion Access. It is one of the inaugural events at the QSNCC, a premier exposition facility that will open in central Bangkok in September 2022.
The Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (LEFASO) and the Thai Tanning Industry Association, two of ASEAN’s top tanning and footwear associations, have lent their active support to the enthusiasm created by APLF ASEAN in Bangkok (TTIA).
“APLF ASEAN in Bangkok gives local manufacturers a fantastic opportunity to source leather and materials. Vietnam is one of the world’s largest importers of leather and raw materials due to our robust manufacturing industries, and we are also the region’s leader in the production of footwear and leather items. Vice Chairwoman and General Secretary of the Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association Phan Thi Thanh Xuan said, “LEFASO and our members are looking forward to sponsoring and participating at APLF ASEAN (LEFASO).
The unique ASEAN edition of APLF will take place in Bangkok in October, and the Thai Tanning Industry Association (TTIA) is thrilled to welcome it there. The TTIA and its members will also be able to showcase their products and skills from the leather sector to the foreign exhibitors and buyers who are anticipated to attend APLF ASEAN, according to Suwatchai Wongcharoensin, President of the Thai Tanning Industry Association.
The third-largest economy in Asia is that of ASEAN.
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam make up the ASEAN, a rapidly growing trading bloc. With 660 million people and a total GDP growth of 5.5% in 2022, the region will have Asia’s third-largest economy after China and Japan.
With its five regional trading partners—China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand—ASEAN signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which went into effect on January 1, 2022. With a 30% share of the global GDP and a quarter of all trade, RCEP has been dubbed the greatest free trade agreement in history. The RCEP is expected to implement measures such as tariff elimination, non-tariff trade barrier reduction, supply chain strengthening, cross-border investment facilitation, business cooperation and e-commerce facilitation, and improved intellectual property rights protection.
The APLF ASEAN is the first chance since the pandemic started in early 2020 to speak with buyers directly from Southeast Asia. In this significant economic region of Asia, foreign providers of raw materials, semi-finished and completed leather, tannery chemicals, footwear, leather items, and all varieties of fashion accessories will rekindle and strengthen existing business ties.
The organizers of APLF ASEAN are confident that buyers from the regions will seize the chance to visit the professional business platform provided by APLF in Bangkok and fulfill their sourcing requirements by meeting known and new suppliers. Access to international suppliers has been restricted for more than three years.
March 13, 2023 – March 16, 2023