Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 13:05English

The international exhibition of machines and technologies for the Footwear, Leathergoods and Tanning industries has opened in Rho Fiera Milano.
The 2021 edition of the international exhibition of machines and technologies for the footwear, leathergoods and tanning industries, SIMAC TANNING TECH, opened at Fiera Milano Rho, and will end on Friday 24th September.
An edition that marks an important turning point, that despite the two tough years just passed, demonstrates the desire to be a protagonist of the sector and to maintain its value and international nature.
The opening ceremony was enriched by the precious intervention of the President of Simac Tanning Tech and Assomac (the Italian Association of technologies for footwear, leathergoods and tannery) Maria Vittoria Brustia; the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Manlio Di Stefano, the Councilor for Economic Development of the Lombardy Region, Guido Guidesi, and the President of the ITA Agency, Carlo Maria Ferro.

"We consider SIMAC TANNING TECH “to be an excellence in excellence”, as the main representative Exhibition for the leather, footwear and tanning industry; an integral part of the broader mechanical sector, known as the first voice of our export and pride of “Made in Italy” in the world”, said the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Manlio Di Stefano.
"Furthermore, as a government and as a foreign ministry, we firmly believe in the role of the Italian trade fair system as a promoter of the relaunch of the economy and exports. For this reason, we have supported and believed in the return to the fairs in presence starting from last June 15th and, thanks to an intense coordination activity with the Ministry of Health, we have promoted measures to facilitate access to the national territory for foreign trade fair operators. and thus preserve the international nature of the events.
The Farnesina will continue to be at your side together with the foreign network of Embassies and Consulates and the ITA foreign desks, to ensure long-term strategic support for the internationalization of your sector and the trade fair system. "

The Councilor for Economic Development of the Lombardy Region, Guido Guidesi, stated: "The Lombardy Region has always considered events and fairs to be an integral part of the manufacturing value chain. Simac Tanning Tech represents yet another sign of the challenge won by those who believed in the restart of the exhibition sector. Even today, the data prove it, with numerous exhibitors and visitors, including from abroad.
The machinery and technology sector represented today are also fundamental sectors in terms of exports and turnover. A supply chain to which it is right to give support and prominence, which also needs to be encouraged from the point of view of human resources. It is necessary to make young people understand that working in these sectors today is a prestigious, innovative role, in great demand by the market and with excellent prospects for professional growth ".

"It is an important moment for the restart of the sector, but also for the restart of our exports", added Carlo Maria Ferro, President of the ITA Agency, "the economic data are positive and Italian exports are already above pre-covid levels. Thanks to the tenacity of Italian companies and the "National System", represented by the foreign network of Embassies and ITA Agency desks abroad, we are already seeing the results today.
However, we can make further efforts, and fairs are a fundamental tool to do so. Italy is confirmed as the second exporter in the world and the first supplier in many countries and this demonstrates the excellence of international trade fairs, such as SIMAC TANNING TECH, which can resume thanks to the vaccination campaign underway, testify.
ITA Agency supports this event with the incoming of foreign delegations with 65 operators from 11 countries and with the collaboration with ASSOMAC with launch of Smart365 web platform and with the web APP "Simac Tanning Tech 2021”. Good fair to all! ".

President Maria Vittoria Brustia concluded the opening event, unveiling three important new tools developed by Assomac Association: 
the new Association Logo (and European Collective Trademark) of ASSOMAC, the international communication platform with the renewed web portal on <> and the “Assomac Green Label” for an effective contribution to the sustainability of the Fashion sector.
"First of all, I want to thank all the companies, which, despite both economic and social uncertainty, wanted to be present at Simac Tanning Tech 2021, to reiterate that we are leaders in this sector not only for the tradition that distinguishes us, but also and above all for the ability to continuously find innovative solutions” declared Maria Vittoria Brustia. "Digitization and sustainability, together with the professionalism and competence of capital are the real fulcrum of innovation, the pillars on which to base new growth. Once again I sincerely thank all the guests who will share with me the experience of Simac Tanning Tech and I wish all our companies a good luck ".

Three very intense days of event are expected where SIMAC TANNING TECH is confirmed as the main point of reference to view the best technologies on the market in the sector and an unforgettable opportunity for meeting and business for the major players in the international system.

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Milan, Wednesday 22nd September