Simac Tanning Tech ended on a high. The international exhibition of machinery and technology for the footwear, leather-goods and tanning industries was held at Fiera Milano Rho from 23 to 25 February.

“The success of Simac Tanning Tech 2016 is primarily thanks to the exhibiting companies, which interpreted customer needs extremely well, offering sustainable and innovative products – comments Gabriella Marchioni Bocca, Simac Tanning Tech President. We recorded a major increase in visitors from both Italy and abroad and they were especially appreciative of the eco-friendly technological solutions. This is fast becoming a pressing global requirement and found a determined response at Simac Tanning Tech. The exhibition remains the most important technology event worldwide for the footwear, leather-goods and tanning sector. Over three days, it provided concrete answers to the demand for process sustainability, recognisability and innovation coming from the market.”

This technology and innovation exhibition is also strongly international, thanks also to the many countries that sent 271 exhibitors (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Kingdom).

Thanks to longstanding cooperation with the ITA, the event drew 25 foreign delegations, for a total of more than 150 foreign delegates, from Algeria, Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, India,  Indonesia, Iran, Mali, Mongolia, Morocco, Palestine, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Tunisia, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. There was also a delegation from Iraq, organised by UNIDO in collaboration with Confindustria and Assomac, plus delegates from Nigeria, Peru and India.

Exhibiting companies had several opportunities to meet the foreign delegates during the event and cocktails organized in the Simac Tanning Tech Lounge on the first two days of the exhibition.

The Lounge was a popular rendezvous and the ideal showcase for the event’s technology and craftsmanship, with Reverse Shoe presenting a craft workshop.

By contrast, Future Shoe was totally given over to new technology and visitors could enter the Air Tech space to admire leather seats manufactured for the aircraft sector, presented by a leader in chemical technology applied to tanning.

“We end this year’s exhibition with great satisfaction – says Amilcare Baccini, Simac Tanning Tech CEO. The results demonstrate that we have given every company the ideal setting that favours encounters between demand and supply. Our strength lies in being recognized as the international benchmark exhibition where operatives can see first-hand the latest technology for the leather sector, expressed at its maximum potential. Visitors, larger in number than last time, stayed longer at the exhibition and we remain committed to confirming our role again in 2017.”


The next Simac Tanning Tech is from 21 to 23 February 2017.