The 2020 survey carried out by ILM has revealed that, while some trade shows such as the APLF in Hong Kong, which was due to take place at the end of March (then June), and the ACLE, which was scheduled for the start of September, have been cancelled due to the pandemic, it appears that only a small minority of tanners have plans to attend other trade shows, which are still set to go ahead, accounting for 16% of respondents, what could put the viability of many key industry events which are still scheduled to go ahead in the second half of 2020 into doubt, or at the very least, attendance figures are likely to be significantly affected.

In this year’s tanners’ survey, the tanners have stated Lineapelle or Lineapelle/Simac Tanning Tech as the most important trade show for them to attend, with 59% (49% in 2019) edging ahead of APLF at 57% (59% in 2019), which has traditionally held the number one spot. ACLE, too, though slightly less important, is among the key industry trade show destinations. In addition, tanners still appear to be visiting regional exhibitions, too, such as the India International Leather Fair (IILF).

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The expanded ILM Tanner Business Confidence survey is now in its seventh year and is the only truly global and neutral annual survey of the tanning sector. ILM is most grateful to those tanners who responded and a copy of the survey results will be sent to those that took part via the September/October print/digital edition of ILM magazine. The 2020 survey received a record number of tanner responses.