Australia’s leading expo for apparel, accessories and textile sourcing, International Sourcing Expo Australia (ISEA), was held from November 15 to 17, the three day event saw over 3,800 trade visitors including start-up labels, large retail brands and chain stores at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. With a 25 per cent increase in overall attendance since 2015, visitors from 23 countries had the opportunity to connect with more than 600 exhibitors from 17 countries including key sourcing regions such as India, China, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Senior decision makers from business owners and directors to buyers and product developers made up 75 per cent of attendees, with a notable increase in major retailers sending more representatives to the event. The comprehensive expert seminar program was well attended with some of the world’s most respected industry professionals examining key changes and trends in international sourcing, providing opportunity for visitors to collect invaluable market insights and learn about global trend and sourcing best practice.
India’s presence was significant and concentrated on showcasing high quality product and diverse capabilities, revealing its continued focus on the Australian market to position and drive a quality offering into the future. Inaugural participation by both Enterprise Mauritius and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board attracted significant interest from visitors, with related exhibitors reporting solid results.
Exhibitors from India, Turkey, Italy, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam reported good results from the first co-located Footwear & Leather Show with indications of returning to the event in 2017. On the other hand, the Council for Leather Exports, India has flagged its commitment in a larger way for next year.