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The technology of the leather supply chain is confirmed to be in excellent health
“For the fifth consecutive year, exports of the sector, which account for about 75% of turnover, are growing strongly, confirming the fact that Italian companies represent the excellence of the global footwear, leather and leather goods sector, remaining on high levels of international competitiveness”. This is how Gabriella Marchioni Bocca, President of Assomac and Simac Tanning Tech analyzes the market data that sees Italian companies positioned in the highest part of the technological pyramid despite the market turbulence. The estimated growth in exports in 2017 could reach a significant + 10% compared to the same period of 2016. This growth, among other things, is no longer spread in a non-homogenous manner, but generalized for all three main sectors.
As for the market areas, Asia recorded the most significant growth rates, equal to 22,9% in the tannery sector and 34% in the footwear sector, confirming itself as the most dynamic commercial area, despite ongoing important structural transformations at a production level, especially in China.
Europe is the only other market area that sees an increase in exports for all three sectors. This is another sign that shows the return of investments in Western and Eastern Europe, investments that, by automating the production process, have as their goal the geographical approach of production to the European consumer market. In fact, today, flexibility and speed are decisive factors.
Africa, on the other hand, suffers a partial setback compared to the performance of the last few years, with the exception of the tannery sector, which shows an increase in exports of 9,8%.
“In the last few years we are experiencing significant growth: our goal is to become more and more aware of the role we have within the production chain - concludes Gabriella Marchioni Bocca - being always prone to change, both in the way of producing and proposing our technologies, to intercept the ever new demands of the market that requests an increasingly efficient and flexible productivity”.