Press Release from China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) and APLF Ltd
15 July 2020
During this unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers of All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), APLF and the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), have put the needs and well-being of our exhibitors, buyers, partners and staff at the forefront of their priorities. Like most exhibition organisers around the world, we have made major adjustments to our regular fair dates in order to accommodate these exceptional circumstances.
Citing the temporary measure as a response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has enforced 14-day quarantine orders which would make it impossible for international exhibitors and visitors to attend ACLE. On 3rd July, the Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Public Security and the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China jointly issued a COVID-19 Safety and Prevention Guidelines for the Organisation of Exhibitions, requesting that "large-scale, foreign-related exhibitions be held cautiously", with strict requirements including limiting the number of attendees.
Under these circumstances and after several in-depth communications, the organisers, in view of the health and safety of our exhibitors and buyers and the impact on the exhibition, made the hard decision to announce that ACLE will be postponed from 1st – 3rd September 2020 to 31st August– 2nd September 2021 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.
The entire ACLE team would also like to extend our thoughts to all of you affected by this pandemic. To maintain communication in our business community, we will organise online events and provide our exhibitors with digital solutions to facilitate the connection between our exhibitors and their customers.
Mr Li Yuzhong, Chairman of the China Leather Industry Association, said, “The decision to postpone this year's ACLE is a prudent one, agreed by both organisers after many discussions and judgments. The purpose is to protect the interests of exhibitors and buyers. The postponement allows us to have sufficient time to make the next year's exhibition more fruitful and exciting. Facing the plight of the pandemic, the industry must well prepare for foreseeable challenges. But I am sure the pandemic is temporary, and everyone shall prepare fully for a brighter future.”
Stay positive, stay connected and we look forward to welcoming you in Shanghai at ACLE2021.
Notes to Editors
ACLE is organised jointly by the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) and APLF Ltd.
CLIA is the only officially recognised representative body for China’s vast and successful leather industry. CLIA has at its disposal the largest and most comprehensive databases of leather makers and manufacturers of finished products, suppliers and buyers.
APLF Limited (www.aplf.com)
APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and Informa Markets. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.
About SIC Group (www.sicgroup.com)
SIC Group has been organising international professional events since 1926 for companies working in the leather sector. Its role is to support businesses in their development and offer them work platforms in areas of the world with high potential. With four shows organised each year, SIC Group and its partners can take advantages of expertise that is unique in the world.
About Informa Markets (www.informamarkets.com)
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world’s leading exhibitions organiser, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.
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