1st Philippine leather fair a success10 January 2001
The first Philippines Leather Fair was held in the Maristel Exhibition Centre, Meycauayan, Bulacan, from December 1-3, 2000. With the theme of expanding the reach of the leather industry, this three day leather fair aimed to re-establish the image of Meycauayan as the leather capital of the Philippines, with the idea of promoting leather and leathergoods from the region. Secondly, the fair wanted to expand the image of the Bulacan to a wider market. In the past, the local leather industry has focused on the footwear industry, particularly in Marikina. However, the industry realises that there is a bigger market for leather, particularly in the leather products for exports, ie leathergoods, sporting goods and furniture. It is the thrust of the Tanners' Association of the Philippines (TAP) to tap the markets and bring together the different sectors at the fair. Finally, TAP wanted to upgrade production facilities and acquire new technology for the industry. In connection with this, the fair was organised in cooperation with Tanac, Hodgson Chemicals, Silva Chimica and LIAP. The opening ceremonies were attended by the Bulacan's top government officials, foreign technicians from some of the top chemicals companies who supply the industry, and representatives from international organisations, such as the BLC. The exhibitors, which included tanners, leathergoods and footwear manufacturers and chemical suppliers, were all happy with the outcome of the fair because of the number of inquiries received. TAP were able to achieve their goal of helping the industry to grow further through widening their market both in the domestic and international market. The organisers are optimistic that the fair will continue to grow in the coming years.