It is understood that visitor numbers are lower this year so far which may be due to the close proximity of the show dates to the Micam footwear fair in Milan which was held earlier this week and the forthcoming Lineapelle show (September 10-12). Many visitors and exhibitors were bemoaning the closeness of the dates and that may have an impact on other fairs taking place in the next few weeks. Geopolitical problems in the Russia and the Middle East may also be having an impact, as is the current suspension of some tanning operations in the northern Hebei province around Wuji and Xinji. However, ACLE, CIFF and Moda Shanghai are all predominantly Chinese fairs and the visitor numbers are still expected to be significant.

In terms of exhibitors, the international halls E1-3 feature international tanneries, hide and skin suppliers and semi-processed leather makers in hall E1. Chemicals companies took up the bulk of halls E2 (with some tanners) & E3. Many chemicals suppliers such as Stahl and BASF have taken larger stands in 2014 and for the leather chemicals makers the ACLE remains the most important show in the leather industry calendar.

This is the 17th edition of the ACLE and the show covers 92,000 sq m of space with 1,337 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions. The China International Footwear Fair and ModaShanghai host 171 exhibitors from 6 countries and regions. There was a feeling that the walkways were larger inside the halls this year and gaps in the stands were noticable.  

For ACLE there is a large Turkish pavillion in hall E1 and major group pavilions from Pakistan, Brazil and Taiwan. Leather fashion garments made from Turkish leather were displayed in the pavilion and were a popular draw to visitors.

Many hide traders reported slow business on the first day of the show but many from the US pavilion reported that prices were likely to rise agan for US selections as the impact of the recent droughts of 2011 and 2012 reduces slaughter numbers. One processor told ILM that over a year millions of less hides would be available from the US and prices for raw and wet-blue were likely to rise. 

Many cows in the US have been kept for calving in order to rebuild the herd. “We could have the perfect storm of high demand and low volumes”, commented one major US packer. They reported record prices for wet-blue on the lead up to the show sold to Chinese tanners.

The ACLE takes place, September 3-5 at the SNIEC in the Pudong district of Shanghai.