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.
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.