The vitality of Simac Tanning Tech instills courage in the sector and launches new proposals

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Leather is the core business of most of the large luxury brands, representing up to 70% of their turnover. The Italian leather supply chain is the only one that contains, at the highest level of excellence, the entire value chain in a single territory, within specialized districts. The aggregate leather sector (tannery, footwear, leather goods and technology) represents an important slice of Italian manufacturing: it employs a total of over 130 thousand workers (4% of the Italian manufacturing sector), produces over 30 billion euros in turnover and an added value of 6 billion, 3% of Italian manufacturing. In 2022, Italy reconfirmed itself as the first exporting country by value in Europe with regards to technologies for the supply chain, tanned leather, leather goods and footwear. Italian know-how is recognized worldwide: the value of exports from the four supply chains in 2022 amounted to approximately 27 billion euros (+15% compared to 2021). Of these, approximately 45% footwear and 40% leather goods, with diversified destinations towards Europe, the United States, South Korea and China among the top destinations. The trade balance is around 15 billion euros (1.7 billion for tannery, 7.2 billion for leather goods, 5.4 billion for footwear and 300 million for technology). We are talking about a “national champion”.
Source: TEHA-Assomac

The trade fair event Simac Tanning Tech which took place from 19 to 21 September at the Rho exhibition center demonstrated the vitality and capacity for innovation of a strategic sector for the Italian and global economy. The final attendance data, with over 6,500 certified presences between operators and delegations of which approximately 60% Italian visitors and 40% foreign visitors and therefore +37% of visitors and +14% of exhibitors compared to last year, we reward the commitment and will to innovate of the 320 exhibitors, brands and institutions present at Simac Tanning Tech which confirm a recovery of the fair back to pre-Covid levels. The numbers demonstrate the positive trend, starting from those of the exhibiting companies present on the 15 thousand square meters of the fair. Italy above all, but also Turkey, France, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Tunisia and the great return of Asian countries among the 96 nations of origin of the visitors. The innovations and application services presented by companies that increasingly aim to create productive ecosystems in the name of sustainability are interesting. “The international presence of visitors and the attention of technology producers towards the organization of processes and digitalisation – proudly states the President of Assomac and Simac Tanning Tech, Maria Vittoria Brustia – confirm a significant change of pace towards a transition sustainable. We are certain that this path shared by all operators in the sector will soon generate satisfactory results.” Thanks to the consolidated collaboration with ITA-Agenzia, the Simac Tanning Tech fair benefited from the presence of 18 international delegations with around 100 buyers, institutional delegates and foreign press, a significant part of which was also present at the 21st International Congress of UITIC footwear technicians . The appointment is for fiftieth edition of Simac Tanning Techexpected from 17 to 19 September 2024again in the spaces of Fiera Milano Rho.

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