After a gap of three years since its last edition in Hong Kong in 2019, the world’s leading and most international trade fair for the leather industry, APLF, is set to return as a Special Edition in Dubai, UAE, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) from 30 March – 1 April 2022.
Halls 1 – 5 of the DWTC will house the event and all three APLF fairs – Leather, Materials+ and Fashion Access – will take place concurrently covering the global supply chain of the leather, tanning and manufacturing industry.
Exhibitor and Visitor Configuration
The Organisers estimate approximately 500 exhibiting companies occupying some 20,000 square meters of exhibition space with 15 national pavilions from Brazil, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA.
In conjunction with our six Informa regional offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Organisers are working to attract some 8,000 attendees including buyers from India, Pakistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Romania, and Middle East. Thus, the mix of buyers will be different from a regular Hong Kong event but open up new opportunities from nearby African and Middle Eastern countries for participating companies looking to expand their base of international buyers.
With a view to strengthening our visitor promotion campaign, the APLF team is working closely with national leather, footwear and retail associations from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Romania, Russia as well as those from Europe and Africa to organise buying groups to APLF Dubai.
Additionally, APLF will work with the Dubai Chamber to promote Dubai Expo 2020 and APLF Dubai. Their VIP programme will give APLF’s buyers and exhibitors incentive to visit World Expo and attend business matching meetings during the fair.
To maintain APLF’s character as an integral event – that is a combination of conferences, seminars, and trade fair – the following events will be held during APLF Dubai:
- Future Trends in a Post-Covid Leather Industry – 29 March (PM)
Co-organised with International Leather Maker, topics include tanning with bio-based chemicals, deforestation, biodegradability of leather, image of leather and the consumer, animal welfare and reducing the carbon footprint of leather.
- Leather Naturally Breakfast meeting – 31 March (AM)
Leather Naturally will give an update about LN and Metcha Campaign
- Global Footwear Executive Summit – 31 March (PM).
With the support from WorldFootwear.com, topics will include how digital technology will impact design, manufacturing, logistics and sales of footwear. Why prices of footwear have risen during the pandemic and finally the hot topic of the moment – sustainability – an issue that concerns all major brands, marketing and consumers in the 21 century.
More detailed information will be provided on these events very shortly.
Materials and Fashion Trends Space
- Display of the most updated Spring-Summer 2023 materials and colour trends
- Graphic of the most updated Fall-winter 2022-23 fashion trends
Official Hotel and Airline
Exhibitors and visitors are recommended to check travel schedule in advance and note the following about COVID-19 regulations:
COVID safety measures:
Click to familiarise yourself with the Travelling to Dubai during COVID-19
In addition, APLF has also implemented its own safety measures for exhibitors and visitors while on site which you can consult by clicking on: Informa Markets – All Secure
APLF Limited (www.aplf.com): APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and Informa Markets. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.
About SIC Group (www.sicgroup.com): SIC Group has been organising international professional events since 1926 for companies working in the leather sector. Its role is to support businesses in their development and offer them work platforms in areas of the world with high potential. With four shows organised each year, SIC Group and its partners can take advantages of expertise that is unique in the world.
About Informa Markets (www.informamarkets.com): Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical Technology and Infrastructure. As the world’s leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.