Marche brings over 100 companies to Micam, the international footwear fair, which takes place from 19 to 21 September in the pavilions of Fiera Milano Rho, confirming itself as the driving force of the sector. “Our district – underlines Valentino Fenni, president of the footwear manufacturers of Confindustria Centro Adriatico and vice president of Assocalzaturifici – is unique, we know it but we often forget it. The quality of manufacturing is unparalleled, but we cannot forget that Covid has weakened a sector already in crisis. The investment of a luxury brand like Fendi, which has announced hundreds of hires in the new Fermo plant, is a certainty, but the increase in raw materials and fixed costs such as energy worry us ” .
“The numbers of the fair, which has more than 600 exhibitors from all over the world, – remembers Fenni – show that the system is slowly returning to pre-Covid levels. Compared to September 2020, the increase in Fermani participants is 50%. macroeconomic data confirm a growth in footwear exports.
It is clear that compared to other sectors, – he continues – the Marche footwear industry still suffers, with its + 12% compared to furniture and mechanics which have had a growth of 40%. For this, continuous support at regional and national level is needed. “” We are ready. It is an intense job – concludes Fenni – we have spent the last few weeks creating new models, improving them, changing details, modifying leathers and details to also follow the latest trends in sustainability “. (ANSA).
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