Despite a slowing economy China is still the hub of the world leather industry producing billions of pairs of leather shoes and leather goods per year. To do this the China leather industry needs to import leather of all types and according to the latest report by the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) China imported a total of US$8.24 billion of leather of all types in 2014 (raw hides, crust, wet blue and finished)

In December 2014, Chairman of the CLIA, Su Chaoying, stated that China’s leather industry would process 200 million hides in 2015 of which half, 100 million, would have to be imported (salted or part processed). These huge numbers offer western companies multiple opportunities to do excellent business with the China leather sector.

ACLE, as the leading leather fair in Mainland China, offers international companies access to more than 23,000 Chinese buyers from the main leather manufacturing provinces of the country. They come to ACLE to find new suppliers and source new products.

ACLE is the only leather event in Mainland China where so many buyers gather and can be seen under one roof during the three days of the exhibition. The dynamics of ACLE are reflected in its ongoing success since its first edition in 1998 and with more than 1,300 exhibitors, the range of leathers and chemical products plus machinery represent the whole supply chain of the leather making process.

Compared to previous years ACLE will be held in a challenging market environment as China’s government continues to enforce strict environmental regulations for polluting industries with the aim of protecting the health and well-being of inhabitants living near industrial clusters and tanneries.