They will visit the tannery district of Santa Croce sull’Arno, an excellent example of industrial cluster for the Indian delegation and visit specialised companies such as shoe factories and producers of both machineries and chemical products.

The study tour also visited the SIMAC and Tanning Tech fairs in Bologna. The Indian delegation will study footwear technology in Italy, specifically cutting, sewing, design and, in particular, cad-cam systems.
UNIDO ITPO Italy organized several ad hoc meetings between IFLMEA and some Italian trade associations, such as Assoconciatori and Assomac, in order to explore the possibility of partnerships and institutional and industrial cooperation agreements.
The study tour will conclude with a focus on environmental issues: the specific seminary on thermodynamic solar energy, organized in cooperation with Soltigua and will be followed by the visit to Acquarno, a centralised water treatment plant in Santa Croce sull’Arno.
This initiative will take place in the framework of the “Consolidated Project for SME Development in India”, an ambitious technology transfer plan, aimed at transferring Italian know-how and technologies to Indian SME’s, in order to improve their competitiveness and capabilities, through a programme of technical assistance, as well as the promotion of the partnership between India and Italy in the three target sectors with high development potential (leather, textile and automotive).