After a successful run for the last two shows, India’s premier international sourcing show for leather garments, accessories and footwear will be back with its third edition with even more dynamism. DELHI INTERNATIONAL LEATHER EXPO (DILEX) – REVERSE BUYER SELLER MEET (R-BSM) has grown to become India’s biggest platform – that has added value to over 120 plus seasoned as well budding exporters, transforming the leather industry landscape in India – to showcase their capabilities and design skills to attract overseas buyers and top brands.
With the travel restrictions easing up globally, Council for Leather Exports (CLE), as part of the Annual Action Plan under the Market Access Initiative Scheme (MAIS) 2021-22 approved by Department of Commerce, Government of India, would be organizing DELHI INTERNATIONAL LEATHER EXPO (DILEX) – REVERSE BUYER SELLER MEET (R-BSM) on February 14-15, 2022, in Delhi NCR.
Council for Leather Export (CLE) organized a Curtain Raiser programme for 3rd edition of DILEX 2022 with the leading buying houses, buying agents and various embassy officials in India on 1st December 2021 at Taj Mahal, Mansingh Road, New Delhi. Diplomats and officials of 15 plus embassies and 45 plus buying houses and agents attended the meeting.
Sanjay Leekha, Chairman CLE stated, “The Event will show case Leather Products – Footwear, Leather Garments and Leather Goods and accessories produced in India and the third edition is expected to grow bigger and better. CLE team is working relentlessly to connect with hundreds of buyers and buying offices to bring them to the forth coming February show. This time, there’s something for everyone.”
Subash Kapoor, Convenor DILEX said, “At the forthcoming show, the visitors will witness innovative as well as world class quality products. The 70 plus exhibitors will represent diverse verticals, and many innovative products will be showcased for the first time. Dilex adds significant value to the Leather sector. The forte that one will witness on the show will be simply amazing and it keeps getting better every year.”
Shri Subash Kapoor, Convener (RBSM), CLE conveyed that the overseas buyers interested to visit the event will be given complimentary hospitality package i.e., hotel stay and reimbursement of air fare. He requested the representatives of embassies and buying houses to prompt the respective companies in their countries to take the opportunity to source competitive products from India.
In August,21 the Prime Minister of India had an interactive session with 140 Indian missions and all the Export Promotion Councils wherein he gave the target of achieving USD 400 billion merchandise exports by this fiscal year. India has already crossed USD 200 billion till first week of October 2021. The leather industry has set a target of achieving USD 30 billion by 2025-26 of which exports is USD 10 billon and domestic retail to be USD 20 billion. The export target for the current fiscal year is USD 5.89 billion.
Sanjay Leekha, Chairman CLE added, “The Industry members have invested in new plants, new machines, created state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with new technologies to become more competitive and globally attractive. India has world class institutions like FDDI, CLRI, CFTI which are providing good support in terms of trained manpower to run leather industries and are facilitating the export growth. Since last five years we are gradually witnessing growing share of India in leather and footwear trade in the global market.”
Shri R. Selvam, IAS, Executive Director, CLE in his address briefed the embassies and buying houses on ease of doing business initiative of Government of India and various milestones achieved in that direction. He conveyed that the leather industry is serving almost all global brands including Prada, Bugatti, Armani, Coach etc. following international quality standards and compliances. Besides having huge export potential, India is a huge and rapidly growing market for footwear and leather products as well. India should be seen not only as a major supplier of value-added leather and footwear products but also as a major partner in Joint Ventures and Technical Collaborations in Greenfield and Brownfield investments. He added “There are huge opportunities in this sector and lots of enquiries are coming from different parts of the world to invest and that may eventually surpass huge investment in the year 2022 especially in accessories and machinery sector. He also informed that Government of India is signing FTAs with different partner countries to ease and increase the flow of goods and services and investments.”
Shri Moti Lal Sethi, Northern Regional Chairman, CLE said, “Today, India is not only a quantity producer, it is definitely a quality producer. DILEX 2022, the 3rd edition of RBSM is an effort in the direction to contribute to the trade growth of country and also fulfil our commitment of the export target set up by our Hon’ble Prime Minister for the sector and Department of Commerce.”
The enthralling evening ended on a high note and expected to attract considerable number of visitors in feb,2022.