To be held on March 14-16, 2017, in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, the 41st edition of Fimec will showcase over 900 different brands from around 500 exhibiting companies. For this upcoming edition, the Factory Concept area, which presents visitors with the opportunity to see footwear production in real time, has been extended by 25% to include four different leather shoe production lines and is to focus on technology as the key to optimising productivity. The organisers have partnered with Brazilian shoe manufacturers Usaflex, for women’s shoes, and Pegada, for the live production of men’s footwear, as well as over 60 brands of machinery and components.

Other highlights of the trade show include the Fimec Studio, which focusses on fashion and novelties for 2018, showcasing finished products developed from research based on consumer behaviour. “In 2016, over five thousand qualified visitors and buyers visited the Studio looking for up-to-date information and business opportunities”, say the organisers.