Meet at agra 2018

The 12th edi­tion of Meet at Agra, a promi­nent trade fair of its kind in the world, or­ga­nized by Agra Footwear Man­u­fac­tur­ers & Ex­porters Cham­bers will be held from Oc­to­ber 26-28, 2018 at Agra Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Ut­tar Pradesh.

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This year, over 250 booths in 2 halls shall be oc­cu­pied by ex­hibitors com­ing from 30 coun­tries. The 12th edi­tion of the in­ter­na­tional an­nual footwear in­dus­try ex­po­si­tion, ‘Meet at Agra’, will com­mence in the city of Taj on 26th Oc­to­ber, 2018. The three-day fair is ex­pected to be at­tended by 500 plus com­pa­nies from In­dia, France, Ger­many, Italy, Por­tu­gal, Turkey, Tai­wan and China.the strong foreign rep­re­sen­ta­tion em­pha­sizes the high level of in­ter­na­tion­al­ity of the expo. With the pres­ence of nu­mer­ous qual­ity, in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal ex­hibitors, trade vis­i­tors can eas­ily lo­cate op­ti­mal sup­pli­ers of what­ever prod­ucts they need in the sec­tors through this on­estop busi­ness trad­ing plat­form.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­nizer, Agra Footwear Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Ex­porters Cham­bers (AFMEC), the event is not just for prod­uct ex­hi­bi­tion but is also a plat­form to strengthen sup­ply chain, build new busi­ness re­la­tions, ca­pac­ity build­ing and tech­nol­ogy ex­change. The expo will also help en­rich the knowl­edge base of en­trepreneurs and cre­ate a learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents train­ing at footwear in­sti­tutes.

AFMEC pres­i­dent Pu­ran Dawar says,“agra is the coun­try’s big­gest footwear man­u­fac­tur­ing hub of the coun­try with 65% share in the do­mes­tic mar­ket. It man­u­fac­tures and ex­ports 28% of the to­tal shoes ex­ports. Meet at Agra (MAA) is a per­fect plat­form for the en­tire in­dus­try – man­u­fac­tur­ers as well as com­po­nent sup­pli­ers.” The over­seas pav­il­ion was in­tro­duced at ‘Meet at Agra’ in 2014. The AFMEC of­fice bear­ers said there has been an over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries in the fair ev­ery year. This year, 240 stalls will be set up at the fair.

Against a Back­drop of Eco­nomic Down­turn

It’s re­ally a tough time for global re­tail, par­tic­u­larly for the footwear and leather in­dus­try as a re­sult of low con­sump­tion and weak econ­omy. But the scale of MAA fair is still ex­pected to in­crease not only in the ex­hi­bi­tion area but also in vis­i­tor num­bers. This year, many giants from the footwear and leather in­dus­try would gather at the fair. Fa­mous brands of shoe ma­chin­ery and au­to­matic ma­chin­ery and leather sup­pli­ers have re­ported good results from the ear­lier fairs, and this year too they are all look­ing for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing at the show.

Am­ple Ex­hibits Out­line, In­no­vated Tech­nol­ogy and Ma­te­rial

AFMEC has been fo­cus­ing on mak­ing the fair a com­pre­hen­sive one which can meet the needs of the shoe-mak­ing in­dus­try such as leather, shoe ma­te­rial, shoe ma­chin­ery, syn­thetic leather and sewing equip­ment fairs. They can of­fer a one-stop plat­form of dis­play­ing and busi­ness ne­go­ti­a­tion for in­sid­ers from the footwear, leather, bags and gar­ments in­dus­tries. In the 2016 fair, 3D print­ing equip­ment were newly added to the ex­hibits. As a re­sult, many many new ex­hibitors from this field had joined the fair. In ad­di­tion, ex­hibits that show the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment ten­dency were very pop­u­lar with the vis­i­tors at the fair like sol­vent-free syn­thetic leather, PU ma­te­rial, en­vi­ron­men­tal shoe ma­te­rial and etc. Dur­ing the fair, pro­fes­sional fo­rums and sem­i­nars were held suc­cess­fully. This year’s meet will provide de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tion and would take ef­forts to cre­ate a high­tech-ori­ented plat­form for ex­hibitors to ben­e­fit from the fair.

Un­der the cir­cum­stance of poor con­sump­tion in ev­ery in­dus­try, Meet At Agra seeks the break­through for grow­ing faster by work­ing with over­seas as­so­ci­a­tions to make the fair a more ef­fec­tive one.

Pu­ran states, “As or­ga­nizer, we are de­ter­mined to de­vote ev­ery­thing to in­no­vate and im­prove the qual­ity and quan­tity of the fair, try­ing to bring new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the in­dus­try and the in­sid­ers. Look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture, let’s work hard on this goal to­gether.”

Footwear De­sign & De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute (FDDI) - an ‘In­sti­tu­tion of Na­tional Im­por­tance’ as per FDDI Act, 2017, par­tic­i­pated in the 11th edi­tion of ‘Meet at Agra 2017. The stu­dents of the in­sti­tute dis­played a wide range of cre­ations that in­cluded ladies’ and gent’s shoes, ca­sual and for­mal footwear and sports shoes, fash­ion ac­ces­sories, leather goods - trav­el­ware, belts, port­fo­lios, hand­bags and wal­lets.

Arun Sinha IAS, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor FDDI stated, “The grandeur of the fair was re­ally eye catch­ing and im­pres­sive as ex­hibitors from all over the coun­try and over­seas par­tic­i­pated in the fair and dis­played their prod­uct which in­cluded leather, footwear com­po­nents, chem­i­cals and ad­he­sives, tech­nolo­gies and ma­chiner­ies. It is one of the ma­jor con­duits for the footwear pro­duc­tion units lo­cated in ma­jor ar­eas like Sadar Bhalti, Nai Ki Mandi, Shah­ganj, Lo­hamandi, Taliya, Agra Can­ton­ment, Col­lec­torate, Agra-matura, Road (Bye-pass) etc. that links the ru­ral pop­u­lace with all the cor­ners of the globe. It was heart­en­ing to wit­ness a se­ries of tech­ni­cal ses­sions that were or­ga­nized dur­ing the fair which in­cluded panel dis­cus­sions on “Growth Prospects of Ex­ports Post GST Regime & Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness”. He added, “This fair, held for the tech­no­log­i­cal pre­pared­ness to meet the fu­ture re­quire­ment, is in­deed a laud­able ap­proach for pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate in­for­ma­tion about the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in the footwear in­dus­try across the globe. It won’t be er­ro­neous to say that ‘Meet at Agra’ has es­tab­lished its unique po­si­tion in the footwear and al­lied in­dus­try, and is known as the ‘premier event’ for na­tional and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions seek­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia’s huge do­mes­tic mar­ket. For en­hanc­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and to provide a fil­lip to the in­dus­try lo­cated in and around Agra, FDDI is pro­vid­ing train­ing in the ar­eas of clos­ing and cut­ting un­der Pri­mary Skill De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram­mer (PSDP) in as­so­ci­a­tion with Depart­ment of In­dus­trial Pol­icy & Pro­mo­tion (DIPP). For this, Oper­a­tors Train­ing Cen­tre and Sub- Cen­tres were es­tab­lished at Eta­mad­pur, Jagdish­pura, Mid­hakur, Runkata, T.P. Na­gar and Ted­iba­gia which also provide as­sis­tance to get place­ment in shop floor level op­er­a­tions. I ex­tend my best wishes to all the par­tic­i­pants and del­e­gates of 12th edi­tion of ‘Meet at Agra 2018’ and hope that the fair will re­main mean­ing­ful in pro­vid­ing new im­pe­tus to busi­ness trans­ac­tions, joint ven­tures and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the coun­try.”

Men­tion may be made that AFMEC’S core team ad­vise and rep­re­sent the footwear and ac­ces­sories busi­nesses.

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