All China Leather Exhibition ‧ SNIEC ‧ 30 AUGUST – 1 SEPTEMBER 2017
Day 1 - A busy fair in changing times

All China Leather Exhibition Day 1 Highlights
ACLE - a busy fair in changing times

According to the Secretary General of the CLIA, Mr Chen Zhan Guang, "The (Chinese) tanning industry will develop in a more and more orderly way in all aspects." This quote was made in one of the busy seminars running in conjunction with ACLE and typifies the changes going on in our industry at this time. China is seeing reduced growth in most areas and even declines in some. Perhaps over time this may mean a smaller slowdown but from the evidence of the first day the business and conversations will be more important.

The exhibitors in ACLE, both international and domestic, are all serious players. Press conferences have been packed, seminars have been full and stands have been busy with serious visitors. The significance of ACLE has been further underlined on the first day by the announcement that the 3rd World Leather Congress will be held in conjunction with the 2017 ACLE.

The leather trade may be living in interesting times. To understand what that means key industry players come to Shanghai to exhibit, to trade and converse.

BASF: more than a century creating chemistry for the leather industry

BASF celebrated the 125th anniversary of its leather chemicals business today at the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai . At the show, BASF marked 125 years of innovation in leather while exhibiting new products to help tanneries reduce processing time and lower their carbon footprint, as well as their water and energy usage.

"BASF’s history with the natural material leather started in 1891, and the first leather laboratory was established in 1895 in Germany," recalled BASF’s Vice president, Global Business Management, Leather Chemicals, Dr Matthias Halusa. Since then, BASF has become one of the world’s leading leather chemical suppliers.

Officiating at the ceremony, Halusa insisted on the importance of China to BASF and on the company’s commitment to the Chinese market. In 2013, BASF opened a global leather R&D center in Shanghai.

Halusa pledged BASF will remain a major player in the leather chemicals industry and a leader in innovation.

WLC officially launched at ACLE

The third World Leather Congress (WLC) was officially launched today at the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai. It will take place in a year from now and will be jointly organized by the Taiwanese International Leather Association (TILA) and the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA). For the next two years the International Council of Tanners (ICT) will be under the presidency of Richard Pai, who is also President of the Taiwan International Leather Association (TILA).

The theme of the Congress will be "The leather revolution" – recognizing the profound changes that are expecting to continue to take place throughout the leather marketing chain over the next 20 years.

"The industry needs to step ahead of consumers’ demands and to adapt its image to today’s expectations," remarked Paul Pearson, current  Secretary of the International Council of Tanners (ICT). The objective of the Congress is to attract a varied audience - from tanners to leather and footwear producers, including consumers.

An industry in transition

It will take another two to three years before the Chinese leather industry recovers from its current recession, according to Su Chaoying, Honorary Chairman of China Leather Industry Association (CLIA).

While the leather, footwear and leather goods industries maintained a steady growth in the first half of 2016, the growth rate declined significantly compared with the previous year. The import of finished leather and the production of leather garments were especially affected, according to recent CLIA’s statistics. However, Su is confident that the industry will stabilise promptly after going through a transition period. “In this time of restructuring and of adoption of new technologies, chemicals and processes, such a slowdown is normal,” he said.

Meanwhile the leather industry is counting on the automotive sector to keep it afloat. The sales of cars in China in 2016 are expected to increase by 6%, which bodes well for the upholstery leather sector.

ACLE 2016 Daily Highlights