APLF highlighted that the 2022 event was the first time that the world’s most important tanneries were brought together in Southeast Asia.

The event last year featured more than 200 exhibitors across 11,000 sq m with national pavilions from Brazil, France, India, Pakistan, the U.S. and Vietnam.

The next edition of the show will take place from October 25-27, 2023 in Halls 1 and 2 of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) in central Bangkok, Thailand.

In a statement, APLF said: “It is also worth noting that the importance of the ASEAN bloc in terms of leather making and manufacturing has been propelled forward by the relocation of Chinese companies to its Asian neighbours due to the pandemic.

“This makes ASEAN an attractive destination for leather exporters since US$2.5 billion worth of all types of leather are imported by this bloc, not far behind the US$3.27 billion imported by China in the same period.”

Organisers also noted that three ASEAN nations (Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia) featured in the top 10 global footwear exporters in 2021.

The ASEAN block includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Suwatchai Wongcharoensin, President of Thai Tanning Industry Association, said: “The Thai Tanning Industry Association (TTIA) is delighted to support the second edition of APLF ASEAN. Last year’s event was a great success in bringing new business opportunities to Thailand’s leather industry. With all travel restrictions lifted, it is expected that APLF ASEAN in Bangkok will once again be the central meeting point of the 10 ASEAN countries.”