Originally scheduled to take place March 31 – April 2 at the HKCEC, the 2020 edition of the APLF has been postponed to June 1-3. To follow the guidelines of World Health Organisation and the local Department of Health, most if not all public activities, including exhibitions to be held in HKCEC in the March and April period have been postponed.

“After much coordination with the HKCEC, APLF was allocated the June slot, sharing the same venue with another exhibition, which is scheduled to take place on the same dates on Level 3 of the HKCEC. Under such circumstances, APLF will reorganise the fairs to Halls 1A-E and concourses on Level 1”, said the organisers adding that, in 2019, over 1,000 events were held at the HKCEC. Due to the outbreak, it is estimated that 20 large shows, including fairs organised by APLF, are being postponed to May onwards.

Through its official website, the APLF provides an “online-to-onsite” sourcing experience to allow buyers and exhibitors to remain connected. First launched in 2007 and revamped in 2015, the APLF.com Online Sourcing Platform is available 24/7. Each and every APLF-Leather, Materials+ and Fashion Access exhibitor is entitled to an annual membership of the Online Sourcing Facility to promote themselves through the self-management platform. Among other features, buyers can view the suppliers’ profiles, including the APLF fairs in which they are participating, and their sustainability certificates. Presently, APLF.com has 1,300 suppliers and 6,000 products uploaded, and attracts a monthly traffic of 18,000 visitors, according to the fair organisers.