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Broad International Participation and Support for APLF Dubai 2023 

With less than one month to go before the inauguration of APLF in Dubai, which will be held in the Sheikh Saeed Halls 1 – 3 of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), the Organisers have reported growing international support for the event

China back for business  

Noteworthy was the burgeoning support from China after the easing of the zero-Covid policy was announced in late December, making international travel feasible once more for the Chinese business community.

Once again Chinese suppliers and buyers will be present at APLF and be able to take full advantage of the business platform traditionally offered to the leather and fashion sectors by APLF since its inception in 1984. Asian exhibitors and buyers from India and Pakistan will now be joined by two Chinese pavilions and buyers, many of whom have been recruited by the many Chinese regional associations related to leather and footwear that wished to be part of this second edition of APLF in Dubai. The fair will cover a gross exhibition area of 16,000 square metres and will host 14 national pavilions from the following countries: Brazil (2), China (2), Egypt, France (1), India (2), Italy (1), Pakistan (2), South Africa, Türkiye and Vietnam. This year’s event will be strengthened by the participation of eight regional associations from China along with others from Vietnam, India Pakistan, Egypt, South Africa, France, Italy and Brazil, amongst others.

The favourable geographical location of Dubai as the Business Hub of the Middle East and the multiple flight destinations that come to the UAE will also contribute to the international nature of this APLF event. Serving the leather, manufacturing, and fashion sectors  The APLF Leather fair covers the whole supply chain of the leather making industry and offers hundreds of finished leathers for all application from footwear and leathergoods, to garments and upholstery. This makes APLF Leather a unique sourcing event in the Middle East and North African region (MENA).

APLF’s sister fair, Fashion Access, will be held concurrently at the DWTC and is also supported by national and regional associations from China, Vietnam, and South Africa. A wide selection of footwear and leathergoods will be on display highlighting the future trends and colours that will populate the fashion scene in upcoming seasons.

More than just a trade fair An APLF event consists not only of a trade fair where business can be negotiated and transacted and new contacts made, but also integrates colour and material trend spaces of great interest to designers.  There is also a series of conferences and seminars on technical and marketing aspects of the leather and fashion industries.

This year sees the third edition of the Global Footwear Executive Summit (GFES) and seminars organised by Leather Naturally.  In total the workshops planned for this year’s event are: 2 courses about leather foundation and 2 courses about footwear design. For more onsite events, please click here.

Visitor registration to attend the event is now open  There is still time to register and receive your entry credential by e-mail so please click on Visitor Registration to register and gain free entry to this APLF event.
APLF Limited (www.aplf.com)
APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and Informa Markets. For over three 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