ABQTIC forum alongside Fimec

17 April 2003

ABQTIC, the Brazilian Association of Leather Chemists and Technicians, are holding the VI Leather Forum: Tannery 'Fashion Universe Interaction' as a parallel event to Fimec 2003, the 27th International Fair for Machinery and Components for the Leather and Shoe Industry. The meeting will take place on April 26 at the Swan Tower Hotel, Novo Hamburgo (RS), 45 km north of Porto Alegre, capital city of the state. The Forum will discuss and present new ways to use leather in footwear, garments and upholstery. Studies and estimates by the tanning sector foresee Brazil as becoming the largest hide producer in the world in the next four years surpassing today's leader, India. According to Alexandre Finkler, president of ABQTIC, this year's edition of the Leather Forum will be different from previous ones in that it will concentrate on what he calls a second stage of discussions and presentations. When the Forum, held every year alongside Fimec, first took place the work was mainly related to raw materials and hide production, including concern with slaughter procedures and hide preparation for industrial use. In 2002, product manufacture was the focus of the discussions and this trend should continue this year and in future. Stylists involved with the leather sector have been invited to take part in the Forum by tanneries interested in presenting innovations. Mr Finkler believes that the exchange of information between the sectors involved in the production process will result in a stronger promotion of Brazilian products through the concepts discussed 'and will therefore increase the competitiveness of national products.' Besides ABQTIC, other organisations and professionals will participate. Among them are the coordinators and members of the Designer's Course at Feevale (Federation of Higher Education Providers of the Vale do Sinos Region), Braspelco Indústria e Comércio, one of largest leather producers in Brazil, 'Gaúcho' stylist Xico Gonçalves and Marco Bender, designer. Lectures will include 'Tanneries and Design: the conquest of special markets for leather' by Marco Bender, designer and fashion consultant; and 'Integration of tanneries to the design and creation of ideas and upholstery leather trends' by Claudio Alfonso Frizzo, director of Braspelco. A fashion show unveiling the trends of leather use in the coming seasons will be held during the Forum.

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