Three intense days of work, contacts, and business characterised the 43rd edition of Fimec, the international fair for leather, chemical products, components and equipment for footwear and tanneries, which brought international exhibitors and visitors together from 26 to 28 February 2019 in the exhibition halls of Fenac in Novo Hamburgo. It was in fact an especially dynamic and positive edition, which fully satisfied most of the companies present, leading 25% of exhibitors to renew their contracts for 2020 on the first two days of the event. This year also the quality of the visitors was especially high with participants coming from the most important footwear production centres in Brazil like Goiás, Birigui, Franca, Nova Serrana and Juazeiro do Norte, in addition to international delegations coming in particular from Ecuador, Peru and Columbia.
According to the CEO of Fenac, Márcio Jung, the success of this edition is evident.
“Fimec is a trade fair built by many hands and this year’s success can be noted in the halls and at the exhibition stands, also thanks to an environment suited to encouraging contacts and business”, he said. “Our mission is to bring the right clients to each trade fair, because that is what makes an event grow. In this way, exhibitors naturally grow and start increasing the size of their stands to ensure greater visibility, leading to growth in the trade fair itself”.
Enriching the Fair was also the Fimec Forum, now in its second edition, which saw the participation of important leather-footwear sector players, who were invited to share their expertise with visitors and to bolster market development through the debate of relevant topics. There was then the Fimec Studio, which presented a virtual reality experience of the sector, offering customers the possibility to visualize the materials before they’re actually produced, while optimising time and reducing costs.
Next, was the Concept Factory, now in its tenth edition, which presented visitors with the applicability of technological processes, logistics and products on display at Fimec, through the real-time manufacturing of footwear.
Finally, there was FF Exchange, business-networking action in the speed-dating model hosted during the Show, which proposed short presentations of companies and their products with the intent of starting up new relationships and negotiations.
Fimec renews its appointment with the sector in 2020, from 10 to 12 March, always at the Fenac Pavilion in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil.