Fimec 2021 announces new date and confirms three major sponsors
The 45th edition of Fimec (International Fair of Leather, Chemicals, Components and Equipment for Footwear and Tanneries), is set to take place in-person and on a new date: from May 4 to 6, 2021, at the Fenac Pavilions, in Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul.
The alteration to the date comes following requests from Fimec’s sector partners, stating that the previously confirmed date, in March 2021, still presented a series of concerns and suggested postponing as the most suitable action at present.
Among the factors presented by the entities as a grounds for the alteration are: market instability in relation to raw material availability for assembling equipment; possible restrictions and difficulties pertaining to international travel; no solid forecast that the vaccine for Covid-19 will be ready by March; and the risk of low visitation should the transmission scenario still present a concern. Furthermore, the change is also in line with the transferred dates of other international trade fairs part of the leather-footwear industry. “We looked carefully at the current scenario and based on conversations with sector bodies, supporters and trade fair exhibitors, we felt it would be better to postpone Fimec until May 2021”, stated Fenac CEO, Márcio Jung.
Besides the changed date, another new feature of Fimec 2021 is the confirmation of three major new sponsors: Transduarte, Sicredi Pioneira RS and the multinational Covestro. Known for bringing together the biggest players in the Latin American market, Fimec is a major attraction to the three companies that, besides lending their names to the trade fair, will also be present with booths to conduct business. “Considering the current economic scenario, and already counting on the support of these three major companies, highlights the relevance of Fimec as a strategic event within the footwear manufacture chain. We know it will be an especially important edition with the sectors return in 2021”, states Jung.
The director of sales and market development for Covestro, Silvio Hernandes Torres, believes in the competitive potential of Fimec to connect major companies to Covestro, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of raw materials for the footwear industry. “Fimec is a benchmark that brings together some of the biggest players in the market and provides opportunity to present the Brazilian and Latin-American markets with the newest technologies available around the world, focused chiefly on the circular economy and sustainability”, he said. The Brazilian market is of th utmost importance to the multinational, which is looking to present its innovative and sustainable technologies and materials that may also contribute to making Brazilian industry more competitive, while increasing possibilities to recycle footwear, in an effort to constantly bolster the circular economy.
Sicredi Pioneira RS, acting as a sponsor for the second year running, believes in Fimec ‘s ability to bolster its brand within the industrial sector. “We believe the trade fair is of fundamental importance in introducing our technology and innovation to the sector. We have taken on the mission of showing that Sicredi offers comprehensive solutions for industry, too. This is what led us to be a sponsor for the first time in 2020 and to maintain that sponsorship in the coming year”, states Solon Stahl, CEO of Sicredi Pioneira. He explained further that the sponsorship is in line with Sicredi’s proposal. “”We must also consider that all the decisions made by the cooperative are in line with our proposal, namely to ‘build better communities together’. Within this context, a trade fair always bolsters business, generating income, maintenance or increasing jobs and income and, thus, something fundamental to building more resilient communities. In 2021 especially, a year after the pandemic, and at a time when all initiatives aimed at reactivating our economy must be leveraged”, reiterates Stahl.
Transduarte, a company specialized in the transport and logistics of components, machines, equipment and chemical raw materials for the footwear sector, has been a Fimec partner for over 15 and continues its support in 2021, a year considered essential to the event. “We believe that Fimec 2021 will be a starting point to the market’s post-pandemic recovery. The footwear sector was severely affected, and the trade fair will be an opportunity to present new features and the strength of our sector”, states Filipe Baum, commercial manager. He went on to discuss the sector’s recovery. “The trade fair will be essential to the market’s recovery. We simply cannot afford to stop any longer, though, of course, all services must be taken up again while respecting the safety measures recommended by competent bodies”, said Baum.