As a business platform that forms an integral part of the global leather industry, APLF has always strived to improve its services to exhibitors and visitors alike since its inception in 1984.
Now, as we approach APLF’s 35th Anniversary, we can announce that the exhibition space dedicated to the leather industry on Level 1 of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) has been sold out for some time.
For years, APLF-Leather has been considered by the industry as the No.1 exhibition to attend and the space in Hall 1 has been inadequate to meet exhibitors’ needs.
In response to the changing fashion landscape and consumer demand, APLF’s goal is to serve the business community and connect it to new buyers with the 4 shows in 1 concept (the concurrent APLF-Leather, APLF-Materials+, Fashion Access and Cashmere World events) that covers the whole leather and fashion supply chains as well as the all year round programmes (APLF.com Online Sourcing Platform, Understanding Leather courses, Leather Naturally, Sustainability Programme).
In view of this, the Organisers have decided to expand the fairs in 2020 to offer more opportunities for buyers to see a wider range of products and services.
How will this be done?
To facilitate this expansion, APLF-Leather will be relocated from Level 1 to Level 3. The fairs that occupy Level 3 – Materials+, Fashion Access and Cashmere World will move to Level 1.
This decision has been made for two reasons.
Firstly, by relocating the leather sector to Level 3 of the HKCEC, the total exhibition area will be enlarged.
The extra exhibition space will offer more prime stand locations to the current exhibitors at APLF-Leather. The configuration will also offer an opportunity for the Organisers to re-segment and re-group product zones and in this way facilitate buyers’ easier navigation of the fair according to their sourcing purposes, in particular for sustainable materials.
The second reason is that moving Materials+, Fashion Access & Cashmere World to Level 1 will fundamentally shift the fairs from a focus on leather to a fashion oriented group of fairs which will attract not only leather buyers but also new fashion and interior designers from the Generations Y and Z, reconnecting them all to the leather supply chain.
APLF-Leather, APLF-Materials+, Fashion Access and Cashmere World will be held at HKCEC on 13-15 March 2019.