A TRADE expo by prominent delegations of footwear and leather experts from South Africa will be held at Lusaka’s Protea Hotel from the 21 to 23 of July 2015 to sell the industry.
The expo sponsored by the Africa Exchange will comprise of 20 managing directors and chief executive officers from South Africa’s largest footwear and leather companies.
The team will conduct free business-to-business meetings with people interested in the industry.
According to a press statement, the exhibition was aimed at forming new business contacts and new synergies for growth within the sector.
“South Africans will meet Zambians in the leather sector, including manufacturers, leather processors, decision-makers, the mining sector, buyers and those in procurement departments of their organizations.
Organizers have since encouraged people to visit the expo and familiarize themselves with the industry especially that it will be free to the public.
The main shoe production plants are in Johannesburg, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Great Brak River, George, Oudtshoorn, Somerset West, Wellington and Tulbagh.
The footwear industry in South Africa manufactures a wide range of products including safety and protective footwear, Wellingtons, men and women’s formal and casual footwear, school shoes, slippers, sandals, ballet shoes and children’s shoes.
This range of footwear covers different construction types, from welted, stuck-on and injection-moulded. Various international as well as local brands are included in the product mix. South Africa’s annual shoe production currently totals about 50 million pairs with major export markets in neighbouring countries and other sales to the United States and the United Kingdom.
South Africa also produces advanced paediatric-designed school shoes which are exported mainly to the United Kingdom.