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APLF 2019 opens in Hong Kong

The 2019 APLF exhibition started in Hong Kong on March 13, with 813 exhibitors in the leather section of the event, including 23 national pavilions.

At a press conference to open the exhibition, APLF Limited director, Michael Duck, said: “We are all aware 2018 was a challenging year for the leather industry, for various reasons. Slow demand in the footwear sector continues, although beef consumption is buoyant and there has been an ample supply of hides in the market.”

He explained that he has heard “mixed opinions” among tanners about what will happen to all the hides in the face of this imbalance. “There is no easy answer,” he continued, “and in the short term it will be very difficult indeed. It’s going to take time, but just as it’s in markets such as China and other parts of Asia and Africa where demand for beef is increasing, with higher gross domestic product in those places, demand for luxury goods and leather will increase too.”

Mr Duck said it will certainly help if attempts to convince designers to use leather “in a better way” are successful.

Image shows, left to right: Frank Boehly, president of France’s Conseil National du Cuir; Michael Duck, director of APLF Limited, and Perrine Ardouin, director of the APLF exhibition.

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