Première Vision Paris welcomed a total of 56,475 visitors and 1,898 exhibiting companies in September 2016, representing an improvement over the February 2016 edition, but a slight reduction in exhibitor participation (-1.3%) and visitor attendance (-8.8%) compared with the same edition the previous year.

“Figures reflect a market heavily impacted and threatened by political tensions, security threats, weaker growth in emerging countries (China) or countries in real difficulty (Brazil, Russia…), as well as a downturn in global textile-clothing leather consumption (- 0.3% in 2015)”, said the organisers in a statement.

The visitor profile remains highly international as 73% visitors came from 126 different countries. The UK continues to head the top four European visitor countries, followed by Spain, Italy and France.

According to the organisers, Germany, which has been overtaken by China, showed a slight in decline in visitors compared with September 2015, but a steady attendance compared with February 2016. However, a higher number of U.S visitors was registered in this edition compared with September 2015, and the U.S remains the 7th largest visitor country followed by Turkey, which registered a drop in attendance – partly attributed to the Eid holiday falling on the same dates as the show, and to recent political tensions. A drop in Japanese visitors was also registered.

Launched in January 2016, the first Première Vision Barometer studied “the economy of creative materials for fashion”; an innovative approach and a new index whose unique methodology offers a quantified way of measuring the 2015 business activity of leathers and textiles targeting creative fashion.

According to the Premiere Vision Leather Index, the creative fur and leather materials market recorded a 3.9% increase in volume compared with 2014, which “corresponds to a more sustained growth than that observed by the global production index, which reported a slight increase of +0.9%”. The index is compared to the global indexes of the textile and leather markets as registered by the United Nations (UNIDO index).

Next edition of Premiere Vision Leather: 7-9 February 2017, Hall 3, Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, France.