The event is being co-sponsored by the Council of Leather Exports (CLE), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The CLE is enthusiastic about the success of the exhibition this year, stating that nearly 40 Indian companies, 50 Chinese and 25 Italian ones, as well as participants from several other countries will be attending it.
Sanjay Kumar, Regional Director (North) of the CLE, stated: "Italy is not too impacted by the Eurozone crisis and we hope that the event will help the formation of many joint ventures between Indian and Italian companies for leather exports from India.”
Carla Costa, Head of Exhibitions at Riva del Garda Fierecongressi, stated: "For Indian companies, the event is a unique opportunity to network with all players in the domestic market and to present their products to international buyers at the same time. It attracts the main dealers from production and distribution sectors."
This is the second edition of the exhibition in India. The first exhibition, held in the year 2011, was a great success. Erica Di Giovancarlo, Trade Commissioner of Italy in India, stated that a number of Italian footwear brands expressed a desire to enter the Indian marketacc after the first exhibition.