The organisers of the Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) have been forced to lay down their arms. The attempt to postpone the event from March to June was not enough and, due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, they were forced to announce the cancellation of the 2020 edition of APLF-Leather, Materials + and Fashion Access, postponing the appointment with the sector to 30 March – 1 April 2021.
“It was for everyone a tough decision to make, however we believe it is the best way to support the leather and fashion sector in the long term”, said Perrine Ardouin, APLF Event Director. “Recent, unprecedented developments, of COVID-19 have transformed what in January was considered an Asian epidemic into a global pandemic. Since we want to ensure that APLF returns under the best possible conditions for all participants, we have cancelled the 2020 edition. In the meantime, we will create digital solutions to keep the connection and the conversation between buyers and sellers strong”.
APLF, in fact, has created various digital products: such as the APLF.com platform or the series of webinars (on educational, industrial and trending topics).
In addition, the new InTouch initiative, a series of events dedicated to virtual procurement, will allow suppliers, starting from 16 April, to present their products live to buyers all over the world. How does it work? Exhibitors will present their collections live and answer buyers’ questions and then meet virtually at individual level.
ACLE in September, the first event dedicated to leather
The positive signs showing the recovery of China after COVID-19 and the global determination to fight the disease lead All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), scheduled for September 1 to 3, 2020 in Shanghai, to propose itself as the first event on the international calendar dedicated to the leather world.