Many Indian companies exhibit at Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags: what can you tell us about this important participation?
Indian companies have been participating in this expo for a long time, led by the CLE – Council for Leather Exports, but also present independently. In fact, India is among the top 5 most represented countries at the fair in terms of the number of exhibiting companies, and ERS has always been a well-known and popular event.
What is their impression of the fair?
They are very satisfied with the support provided by the organization and the lively and business atmosphere in the halls. This event offers many opportunities, both for Italian companies interested in doing business in India and for Indian companies aiming to establish themselves in the European and international markets. Today, in EU, Italy is the main partner for Indian companies.
What is the situation of the leather and footwear market in India?
Covid has had a major impact for companies around the world, and today the focus is on finding new markets and business opportunities. The Indian government has put in place several measures to encourage foreign investment and business in India and to support Indian companies in their development abroad. I believe this is the right time for Indian companies to expand their business in Italy, because Covid has opened up new opportunities and Italians seem very interested and attracted to Indian culture. Likewise, I believe this is the ideal time for Italian and European companies to invest in our country, because India has a long manufacturing tradition in leather and footwear, excellent products, and a well-developed supply chain. The appointment of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags is, therefore, an unmissable opportunity to start new and profitable collaborations, being dedicated to B2B business at an international level.