Chinese leather industry continues to grow3 September 2004
At the recent ACLE press conference, the vice president of the China Leather Industry Association, Madam Zhang Shu Hua, informed of a continued growth in the industry in 2003. 'Statistics show that leather industry enterprises have reached a total value of RMB210.3billion (USD25.4billion), an increase of 20.9% on last year. The total value of imports and exports reached USD26.4billion, of which the export value was USD 23.2billion, an increase of 19% on last year. The import and export value of China's leather and leather goods also experienced a steady growth. The export value reached USD9.35billion, an increase of 14% on the same period of last year. Fur garments saw the most dramatic increase in export value, reaching USD178million, up 176% on last year. The export value of leather was up 19.0% to USD660million, and leather garments rose 3.0% to USD830million. The export value of leather shoes was USD2.86billion, up 13% on last year, and the import value in the first half year was USD3.48billion, 24% higher than last year.' The success of this year's fairs is a further indication of the growth of the industry in China. The total exhibition area at the ACLE, China International Footwear Fair (CIFF) and Moda Shanghai fairs has been increased by 50% to 35,000 square metres to accommodate 878 companies from 35 countries. These include sixty companies participating for the first time. The international flavour of the event is reflected in the 14 national pavilions representing delegations from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Türkiye and the USA.