This 33rd India International Leather Fair (IILF) will be inaugurated by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Commerce & Industry, Government of India on January 31, 2018, tomorrow at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam. The India International Leather Fair (IILF) Chennai is an established event in the international Calendar of events and always held between 01-03 February. The exhibition will present Finished Leather, Leather Garments, Leather Goods, Footwear, Footwear Components, Machinery, Chemicals, Fashion Accessories, Publications, etc.
Over 450 exhibitors from India and overseas countries will display their products during the show which is spread on an area of 10000 sq. mtrs. Participants are from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, UAE, and United Kingdom. Significantly, China, France, Germany, Italy and Brazil are setting- up their National Pavilions.
Considering the important role played by design in sustainable development, Council for Leather Exports successfully organized two editions of Designer Fairs during Feb, 2016 & Feb 2017 in Chennai. The designer fair provides an opportunity to the Indian manufacturers and exporters of leather products and footwear to meet popular overseas and Indian designers.
42 Designers (including 8 Designers from India) displayed their designs in the Designer fair held in 2017, witnessed a footfall of 375 business visitors and generated a business to the tune of US$ 5,00,000.
The 3rd edition of Designer Fair is scheduled to be held during Feb.1-3, 2018 at Hotel ITC Grand Chola, Chennai, with financial assistance under Market Access Initiative Scheme (MAIS) of Dept. of Commerce. 40 Designers will be displaying their new creations of designs of Footwear and other Leather Products this year. No doubt, the Designers fair will serve as a successful platform in design development efforts of the Indian leather industry.
Presentation of CLE Export Excellence Awards
Council for Leather Exports (CLE) will present Export Excellence Awards to Top Exporters for their outstanding Export performance during 2016-17 in different product categories and slabs. Council for Leather Exports (CLE) will also honour top women entrepreneur and also present Best Brand Awards. With regard to awards in innovative design, Council for Leather Exports (CLE) will present the Best Design and MODEUROP Awards 2018 on 29th Jan 2018.
Visit of International Media to IILF 2018:
The International media majorly contribute to the leather industry will be visiting the IILF 2018. The Journalists from major leather industry media groups from India, Italy, UK, Germany, France, Spain & Iran would be visiting Chennai for IILF 2018 and wide coverage on IILF 2018 will given in the International media.
Leather Industry – Export Performance:
The Leather Industry holds a prominent place in the Indian economy. This sector is known for its consistency in high export earnings and it is among the top ten foreign exchange earners for the country. With an annual turnover of over US$ 17.66 billion, the export of leather and leather products increased manifold over the past decades and touched US$ 5.67 billion during 2016-17, recording a Cumulative Annual Growth Rate of about 3.09% (5 years)
The major markets for Indian Leather & Leather Products are USA-15.36%, Germany-11.65%, UK-10.74%, Italy-6.63%, Spain-5.19%, France-5.1%, Hong Kong-4.7%, UAE-4%, China-3%, Netherlands-3%. These 10 countries together account for over 75% of India’s total leather & leather products exports. European Union accounts for nearly 56% of India’s total export of leather and leather products.