Futurmoda, ends on a positive note and makes preparations for its anniversary edition
General satisfaction is expressed for the 39th edition of Futurmoda, which brought the Spring-Summer 2019 collections of leathers, materials, components, and accessories for the fashion, clothing, footwear, and leather goods industries to the Elche Congress and Exhibition Centre on 14 and 15 March 2018.
The positive outcome of Futurmoda is verified by an increase in both the number of foreign exhibitors and visitors, thus confirming the increasingly international scope of the event. More than 500 exhibiting companies presented their latest proposals in leathers, materials, accessories and components to visitors coming from 39 different countries: “Especially countries like Portugal, Maghreb, Algiers, and France are responding very well,– declared Manuel Roman, President of AEC-the Spanish Association of Footwear Components and Machinery Companies that organises the event – the sector of components has the advantage of quick orders and a rapid service, which undoubtedly supported the positive work done at the fair”. “General satisfaction was expressed – instead commented Alvaro Sanchez, General Director of AEC Futurmoda – and the fair continues to improve, as seen in the work done by the AEC technical team. A large part of national and international exhibitors expressed their interest in returning to exhibit at Futurmoda, in either larger areas or new ones, and this will force us to redesign the fair’s layout”.
Among the contents of the event, there was much interest in the debate “The power of data and e-commerce” held by Héctor Gomis and Raquel Sempere at the Experts Forum, underlining the strategic importance of opening online sales channels for business with both end customers and other companies. Instead, the Footwear Technology Centre of La Rioja spoke of “Quality control of footwear materials. The importance of regulatory technical requirements” in light of the Industry 5.0, a technological revolution where businesses “will be more flexible and capable of coworking with robots or even digitalizing every process of the company in a system of complete interconnection with the end customer”.
With this edition of Futurmoda now behind it, AEC is already working towards the next edition that will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event, with preparations being made for exciting new proposals and contents, as well as a new layout that will allow a greater number of exhibitors to participate. The event will once again be held in the IFA exhibition centre on 17 and 18 October, presenting the FW 2019-20 collections of leathers, materials, components, and accessories, alongside the latest technological advances in machinery for the leather and footwear industries.