India International Leather Fair opens today

Written by Economy Bureau | chennai | Updated: Jan 31 2009, 06:58am hrs
The 24th edition of the India International Leather Fair (IILF) will open here on Saturday. A theme pavilion titled 'Imagining India' set up by the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), seminars, buyer-seller meets, and a closed-door fashion show for a select audience are among the highlights of IILF-2009

Though the global economic meltdown has cast its shadow over the leather industry, as on all other export-led industries, the national and international participation in the fair would be almost equal to the numbers last year, Rajiv Yadav, executive director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), the organisers of the fair along with the Council for Leather Exports (CLE), told a press conference here on Friday.

''The present edition of IILF will have participation from 393 companies, including 122 from 24 countries. The number of participants would have exceeded last year's 400 but for the cancellation of over 20 companies from Pakistan,'' Yadav said.

A comprehensive range of products and services relating to leather industry - footwear and footwear components, leather garments, fashion accessories, leather goods, leather tanning and finishing machinery, chemicals - would be on display during the four-day fair till February 3, 2009, he said.

CLE executive director Ali Ahmed Khan said, about 60 buyers from 22 countries, have confirmed their visit to the fair under the council's hospitality package. A B2B meeting between Indian exporters and overseas buyers/importers would be held on February 1, 2009, to explore the possibilities of sourcing from India, establish marketing tie-ups and business collaborations.

The council has invited journalists of leather magazines from the UK, Italy and Russia. It is also organising visits of resource persons from the UK, Germany and Italy who would make presentations to the leather industry entrepreneurs in the trade seminars to be held alongside IILF 2009.

Md Sadiq, Shoe Design Centre, CLRI, told FE that the theme pavilion will capture the spirit and essence of modern day India's relentless surge to innovate and will present the finest of leatherware for the Spring/Summer 2010 season through a presentation of the 'best of India's' merchandise in leather and leather products.