LINEAPELLE, dynamicity for both the fair and the leather industryLINEAPELLE continues to grow and further consolidates its global leadership in the context of leather fairs. Good signs for the market.
The 93rd edition of the world’s most important leather fair, held from October 4th to 6th 2017, closed with a 2% increase in visitors and constructive production and marketing indications: the market is constantly developing and has clearer and more reassuring ideas on its future.
The edition of Lineapelle dedicated to the autumn/winter 2017/18 counted 1,285 exhibitors (+3.5% compared to September 2016) and reached 21,687 visitors, a 2% increase compared to last year’s edition. The number of foreign visitors remained stable (113 countries of origin), while there was a 5% increase in the number of Italian visitors, also thanks to a consistent number of manufacturing companies returning to produce in Italy and the ever-increasing international demand for Made in Italy luxury products.
As always, the fair is an excellent occasion to focus on the economic data, formulated in this case by the Economic Service of Lineapelle.
The second quarter of 2017 saw a partial trend reversal with respect to the rising trend at the beginning of the year as regards prices. After increases in April across all the main categories of the bovine segment, in May medium and large sized hides (steers, heifers, cows, bulls) fell in many markets. With calfskins being the exception. The average price index of sheepskin was volatile, mainly due to changes in the Middle Eastern sources, which instead remained stable in Europe. The bovine wet-blue index fell slightly at the beginning of the quarter. Decreases in all the main reference markets, with more consistent drops in Brazil and Australia.
The Italian tanning industry, an international leader in the sector for turnover (65% of the EU total, 19% at a global level) and quality, closed the first six-months of 2017 with an overall increase in production of 2.7% in volume and 0.2% in value. Among the main Italian districts, Veneto recorded an increase of about 3% in turnover (pushed by the 5% increase in exports); “positive stability” in Tuscany (+0.2%). A more delicate situation in Campania and Lombardy, due to difficulties in the sheepskin segment.
The national sales data (in value) moves on the edge of stability both in the domestic (-0.8%) and export markets. Italian exports of tanned leather increased by 0.8% in value and by 12.3% in volume in the first half of the year. Among the main foreign countries of destination of Italian leather, the most important signs came from China, where the value of Italian shipments returned to grow strongly (+10%) after a difficult two-year period. Still good results in the USA (+8%). Exports towards Vietnam (+11%) and the United Kingdom (+14%) recorded double-digit growth. The EU continental market does not appear so bright, with drops in France (-6%), Spain (-9%), Germany (-5%), Poland (-3%) and Portugal (-2%).
The first half of 2017 saw an increase in the results for components and accessories, which were very positive both in Italy (+6%) and the rest of Europe (+8%, the European average). Germany gained ground (+2%) while France accelerated. Good performance for Spain (+7%). Double-digit growth for the main European offshoring.
Footwear components (+5%, the EU average) returned to show positive figures, as did other accessories (+9%). Small metal parts recorded double-digit increases.
The trends for the next winter season
The MAPS (as the Lineapelle Fashion Committee calls it) defined for the winter 2018/19 highlighted a path where a reassuring desire for classicism prevails, combined however with more courageous, extravagant suggestions of strong emotional impact. Great attention to materials with a soft hand, never trivial, that offer evident elements of exclusivity.