APLF returns to ASEAN Bangkok

The event kicked off with an opening ceremony attended by leaders from the industry and the Thai Tanning Industry Association (TTIA), Indonesian Tanners Association and Fashion Accessory Manufacturers of the Philippines.

Grace Lee, director of event organizers APLF Limited, said: “One of APLF ASEAN’s objectives is to support the growth and development of the Thai and regional leather industry. Such developments will be driven by increased business activity within the sector fostered by trade fairs.

„This will be complemented by a wide-ranging event agenda that will include a comprehensive educational programme, artisan talks and student competitions to promote an accurate perception of leather.”

As one of its focal points, APLF ASEAN aims to provide opportunities for suppliers in the international leather supply chain as part of the trade agreement between ASEAN member states and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which includes China, Japan, South Korea. , Australia and New Zealand.

Event organizers highlight how Southeast Asia has overtaken North America as the strongest sales market for tanners. 2023 ILM Tanner Business Confidence Survey.

APLE ASEAN host country Thailand is at the heart of the ASEAN region, home to TTIA’s 30 members and top leather goods designers.

TTIA President Suwatchai Wongcharoensin said: TTIA is at the forefront of promoting and advancing the leather industry. It is our honor to extend our support to APLF, which moves our sector forward as a meeting point for knowledge exchange and market expansion.

The second day of the event will include the next Leather Goods Designer Competition, which will showcase the work of undergraduate students designed using leather from 10 Thai exhibitors. APLF ASEAN will also include a series Workshops and other events over three days.

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