The Footwear & Leather Fair 2016 - 8th Edition
The 8th Footwear & Leather Fair 2016 was held from 5th to 7th February 2016 at the Sirimovo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center concluded successfully.
It was organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board in association with the Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Industrial Development Board (IDB) and the Sri Lanka Footwear and Leather Products Manufacturers Association (SLFLPMA).
The Footwear & Leather fair 2016 was ceremonially inaugurated by Hon. Rishard Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry & Commerce. The fair was declared opened amongst a large gathering of distinguish Guests. Participation of representatives of foreign missions added value to the ceremony.
The main objectives of this years' fair was to strengthen and sustain the image of the industry, to promote Sri Lankan export capabilities among international buyers, providing opportunity for SME's to improve their talents and capabilities to become export ready companies and to upgrade technological capabilities of SME's and encourage them to move in to manufacture of value added products to cater to the international market. There were 107 local companies and 15 foreign companies, amounting total of 231 stalls exhibited their products at the fair. There were 15 Indian companies who are the members of "Indian Footwear Components Manufacturers' Association" (IFCOMA) has participated at the exhibition at the IFCOMA pavilion.
Special Events :
- Fashion Show
- Design Competition
- Best Stall Competition
- Most Innovative Small Entrepreneur Competition
An exclusive Fashion show depicting the latest trends and designs of footwear and leather An exclusive Fashion show depicting the latest trends and designs of footwear and leather products held on second day of the event (6th February 2016) added value to the event.
A Design Competition organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board in association with the Industrial Development Board provided an opportunity for upcoming young designers to showcase their talents. The competition was held under four categories namely Ladies Footwear, Gents Footwear, Special Category (Sandal or Slipper (ladies & Gents) made out of environmental friendly material) and Leather Products (Ladies hand Bags, Travel bags & Backpacks).
The winners were awarded the gold, silver, bronze trophies and certificates for each category at Design Award Ceremony which was held on the 07th February 2016.
The best stall competition was organized during the fair with the objective of encouraging companies to showcase their capabilities in a professional and attractive manner by designing their stalls up to international standards.
A trophy and a certificate was awarded to the winner of the best stall competition and certificates for first and second runners up. These awards were presented during the Design Award Ceremony.
The most innovative SME was awarded with the objective of encouraging SMEs. They were evaluated based on the first impression of their stalls, concept, creativity, construction friendliness, display arrangement and customer care.
A trophy and a certificate were awarded to the winner and the first and second runners up of the competition. These awards were presented during the Design Award Ceremony.