The Brazilian tanning sector performed well at the ACLE – All China Leather Exhibition trade show (www.aclechina.com), held in Shanghai from 29 to 31 August. The 13 tanning businesses that attended were supported by Brazilian Leather (www.brazilianleather.com.br), a project encouraging exports promoted in collaboration with the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil).
Taking into account the stop imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions in China, and as a result of the fact that last year China and Hong Kong alone accounted for 27.7% of Brazil’s leather exports, expectations were high for ACLE 2023 – China’s largest trade show for this sector – with businesses seeking to reforge contacts.
Exhibited products included not only natural and synthetic leathers but also footwear, fashion and automotive components, as well as tanning chemicals and supplies presented by countries such as the United States, Italy, Argentina, Japan and many more. In addition to the Brazilian exhibitors, the country was also represented by the Brazilian Leather stand, which showcased leather from the latest Leather Preview collection (Preview do Couro), featuring items manufactured by the various Brazilian tanneries involved in the project, first presented last July at Inspiramais, the largest fashion innovation fair in Latin America.
At the end of the event, feedback from Brazilian tanning businesses was undoubtedly positive, as JBS Couros CEO Guilherme Motta pointed out: “After four years away, attendance at ACLE Shanghai was encouraging for our sector. Seeing long-standing clients again and meeting new people is very important. There was a demand from businesses to come together at this time when we need to organise the market.”
Volnei Roberto Durli, president of Durlicouros, also expressed his satisfaction at the turnout from clients and professionals at the event, while Nikolas Fuga from Fuga Couros spoke of the importance of the return of trade shows. Finally, more positive feedback came from Joel Krummenauer, director of the Krumenauer tannery, Rafael Mariño, commercial director at Coming, and Gabriel Doria, commercial director at Gobba Pelle, who all recognised the fair’s commitment to reuniting the market and commented on the high turnout from the Chinese public.