EXPOCAIPIC | 03/01/2023

EXPOCAIPIC is being prepared to present Spring-Summer 2023/24

The Argentine suppliers fair will be held next May, in Costa Salguero, Buenos Aires.

The fair continues to be the best possibility for suppliers to exhibit their proposals to the market.

The traditional Argentine supplier exhibition -EXPOCAIPIC- will celebrate its 69th edition between Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th May 2023, at Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires.

The event -organized by the Argentine Chamber of Industrial Suppliers of the Footwear Industry (CAIPIC)- will allow access to the latest proposals for the Spring/Summer 2023-2024 season, in materials, supplies, components, accessories and technology, intended for footwear and manufactures sectors.

Expectations for the coming months

It is expected that as the months go by, the economic and market variables will stabilize, which will allow drawing a favorable projection for industrial activity. Until now, despite its own difficulties and those of others, the sector has had a positive evolution, while a prompt normalization is expected in the provision of materials and supplies -via local production and imports-, and be able to count on a sufficient and skilled workforce.

The footwear chain -suppliers, manufacturers and traders- is waiting for the definitive solutions that the government can achieve in terms of economic policies, where inflation control has the highest priority.

What left the last Autumn-Winter 2023 edition

At the beginning of November 2022, the version of EXPOCAIPIC, intended for the presentation of proposals for the winter season, was held at the Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires.

Although the number of exhibitors was somewhat less than in previous editions -there were 53 companies with 94 stands- the content of the proposal fulfilled its role as a benchmark for trends.

EXPOCAIPIC reiterated itself as the main point of contact for suppliers with the market, and as participants join, the opportunities will expand.

In this sense, from the CAIPIC board of directors, its members are recommended about the importance and convenience of joint participation, since in this way the event gains in volume, diversity, interest and call for the benefit of all: exhibitors and visitors.

Exhibitors and visitors

The most numerous sector in the last EXPOCAIPIC was materials, components and accessories with 26 companies; followed by leathers and tanneries, 9; press, 7; services and institutions, 5; machines and technology, 4, and chemical products, 2.

Visitors, including manufacturers, representatives, wholesalers, operators, designers and people linked to the footwear industry, showed interest in learning about the suppliers' offer with a view to planning winter collections, at a time of activity, not exempt from difficulties that arise from political and economic instability that prevent making accurate projections.

The main manufacturers and professionals of the sector from the different productive hubs of the country, and from neighboring countries, such as Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Brazil attended. The estimated number of visitors was over 1,500 people.

In a complex context

The Argentine footwear industry, like the industry in general, at the time of the fair, was going through the peak of an inflationary period, with the consequent price volatility, to which was added, the complicated access to raw materials and components, especially imported, due to the restrictions and bureaucracy in imports, product of the shortage of foreign currency of the Argentine state. In addition to its own causes, a critical and complex international environment was added.

New import systems have been modified and regulated, for greater control and efficiency, but in industrial circles they insist on the lack of management and unified political decision, to establish definitive guidelines for the sector.

- Registration began for EXPOCAIPIC of suppliers in May 2023
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