Feverish preparations are underway for the new edition of Futurmoda, the international exhibition of leather products, components and machinery for the footwear and leather industry, which will present the latest product innovations for fall-winter 2021 to sector operators, with the October edition featuring its usual special area dedicated to machinery and technological innovations, for an estimated 2000 square metres of exhibition space.
The forecasted turnout is more than positive, also in consideration of the results achieved during the last edition, which was held in March 2019 and which saw the presence of over 300 exhibitors representing over 410 brands of components, leathers, soles, moulds, heels, decorations, sheets, screen-prints, chemical products, packaging and technology. Almost all of pavilion 2 of Fiera di Alicante will be occupied by exhibitors extending across an area of 13,564.78 sqm.
Going more into detail, the exhibition offering will be made up by 50% tanning and textile companies, while 41% will be represented by companies of components, soles, decorations, and chemical products, and 9% will be accounted for by producers of machinery. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that the participation of machinery manufacturers has grown by 20% since the last October edition in 2018, occupying around 2500 square metres of space, with not only exhibitor numbers growing but also the dimensions of the stands.
As far as the origins of the exhibitors is concerned, the domestic market represents the main market of reference with around 70% of companies coming from Spain, followed by Italy with 20%, Portugal with 5%, and then France, China, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Brazil.
Among the central themes seen at the last edition, which will once again be re-proposed at the next edition, are sustainability and respect for the planet, with the ‘Green Planet’ zone dedicated to a wide range of eco-friendly products, with lots of room also made for the latest fashion trends in their own special area.
At the same time, AEC is working to increase the event’s international scope by extending invitations to participate to foreign buyers coming from different countries, from France to Columbia, just to name a few.