The 2006 Dongguan . China Shoes . China Shoetec international footwear exhibition is being held from April 21 to 24. The organizers, Adsale, say there will be concurrent seminars on hot topics of the shoe industry in China; display zones of ‘Winning items of the 2005 Hong Kong Footwear Competition’ and latest 2006 fall & winter collections by major exhibitors; and a fashion show with brands highlights.

Massimo Donda, President of Federcalzature, will accompany European buyers and host a seminar. 2006 Dongguan . China Shoes . China Shoetec is an export-orientated show focusing on middle-to-high end footwear products. Opening hours are 9.00am to 5.00 pm on the first three days and 9.00am to 3.00pm on the last. The opening ceremony will take place from 10.00am to 10.30am on April 21.

The exhibition is being held at the Dongguan International Conference & Exhibition Center (Grand Hall entrance), Guangdong, PR China (The crossing of Hongfu Road & Dongguan Road, Dongguan, P.R.China).

Joachim Erwin, Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf and chairman of the supervisory board of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, and Werner M Dornscheidt, chairman and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, will attend and address the opening ceremony.

A number of seminars will be held in the Seminar Room inside the exhibition hall.

21 April, 14:00-15:30, in English and Putonghua: US Footwear Market and Global Shoe Trade Outlook by Peter Mangione, president of the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA).

21 April, 15:45-6:45, in Italian and Putonghua: World and European Shoe Business Data Analysis, Can Chinese Industry Go Better? By Massimo Donda, president of Federcalzature.

22 April, 11:30-12:30, English and Putonghua: Migration of Elastomerics Compounds for Shoes Soles by Ronald Santos, footwear technical specialist of Petroflex Trading SA by Johnny Yeung, Asia regional manager of Petroflex trading SA.

22 April, 14:00-15:00, English and Putonghua: Pollutant Agents in Footwear and European Environmental Standard Analysis by Raymond Willekes, assistant general manager of STR (Shanghai) Ltd.

22 April, 15:30-16:30, English and Putonghua: Footwear quality – How to correspond with European Standards by Arnaud Dyduck, assistant general manager of CTC Group.

23 April, 14:00-15:00, English and Putonghua: The European Market in 2006 – Opportunities & Threats by Ms Wang Ying, secretary general of CCCLA – China Chamber of Commerce for I/E of Light Industrial Products and Arts-Crafts.

23 April, 15:30-16:30, English and Putonghua: How to Protect Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in China – Patents / Trademark / Copyrights by Dong Jiang Xiong, manager of the legal affairs department of China Patent Agent (HK) Ltd.

For more information, please contact Ms Keena Tsui / Ms Karin Chen of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd at +852 2516 3395 / 2516 3372 for further details