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Lineapelle New York sees good turnout, quality contacts

Lineapelle New York was held January 30 and 31, 2019. The show confirmed its significant role, offered innovative solutions and warmed up an economic situation that remains lackluster and complex. More than 130 exhibitors (101 tanneries, 13 manufacturers of accessories and components, 18 specialists in fabrics and synthetics) presented previews of their 2020 summer collections.

The event was saw a good turnout and a high quality of contacts. US buyers are on the lookout for materials, accessories and components that enable them to characterise the top of their lines in a winning way, thus attempting to chase away the shadows of the economic situation weighing on the US market.

Export of finished leather to Washington decreased by nine per cent on an annual basis in October. The bearish trend is generalised, with the exception of bovine crust leathers (growing) and also involves sheep and goats. There is also a mixed picture for accessories and components, a sector that in October saw the volumes exported to Washington increase by one per cent, alongside, however, a three per cent decrease in value. Soles and bottoms for footwear are suffering in particular. The value of small metal parts is growing (but quantities are dropping), while the market situation for fabrics, synthetics and leather substitutes is lackluster.