It attracted 3249 buyers from 16 countries including China, India, Italy, Taiwan the UAE and USA.

The show was organised by APLF Ltd and UBM India in partnership with Indian Footwear Components Manufacturers Association (IFCOMA).

‘The Indian component manufacturers are vital to the positive development of the US$5 billion footwear industry. The overwhelming success of fMM&T India 2009 is a vote of confidence in the Indian footwear manufacturing industry, says B D Bhaiya, president, IFCOMA.

Making up the buyer profiles were manufacturers of footwear, leather garments, handbags, small leather goods, travel ware, designers, brand owners, importers and exporters, distributors of leather materials and product developers.

Footwear materials, machinery and components exhibited by over 140 exhibitors from prominent leather manufacturing countries and regions including Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, UAE, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and USA, and also featured international pavilions from Taiwan and Spain.

Lucy Weng, a buyer at the fair said ‘I have visited other prominent footwear materials and components exhibitions, but the range of products on display out here was very good. I found exactly what I was looking for’.

fMM&T is endorsed by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) Ministry Of Commerce & Industry and supported by the Council for Leather Exports – India (CLE), Indian Shoe Federation (ISF) and the Agra Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Chamber (AFMEC).

The second edition of fMM&T will take place on May 7-9, 2010, once again at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, New Delhi.