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Leading French tanneries to showcase repertoire of high-quality leathers at inaugural Leatherworld Middle East Gordon Choisy, Bodin Joyeux among top names eyeing lucrative Middle East market at dedicated trade show in Dubai The world’s premier tanneries from

Leading French tanneries to showcase repertoire of high-quality leathers at inaugural Leatherworld Middle East

Gordon Choisy, Bodin Joyeux among top names eyeing lucrative Middle East market at dedicated trade show in Dubai

The world’s premier tanneries from France are set to descend upon Dubai with their finest quality leather products in tow, as the final countdown begins for the Middle East’s only dedicated leather trade show.

Fifteen French tanneries, famous for their reputation as high-end leather producers, will showcase a range of hides at the inaugural edition of Leatherworld Middle East, which takes place from 4-6 May 2015 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

On view will be a complete range of leathers fashioned from cow, buffalo, sheep and goat hide, as well as more exotic leathers made from crocodile, alligator, lizard and python skins, as the French pull out all stops in order to captivate influential regional buyers.

Included on the list of top flight French tanneries is Gordon Choisy, owned by luxury goods manufacturer Hermes, and Bodin Joyeux, owned by global fashion house Chanel, which employs about 100 employees and produces nearly 600,000 lambskins per year.

Another headline French name is Tannerie Sovos Grosjean, founded in 1864, and renowned for its full grain cattle hides designed for interior design, furniture, boating, aviation, leather goods, case making, shoes, and wristwatches.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Leatherworld Middle East, said tanneries are taking advantage of the growing regional demand for quality leather products and furnishing, particularly in the booming regional hospitality sector.

“One of the primary reasons for many tanneries to be exhibiting at Leatherworld Middle East is due to the rapid rise in the development of hotels in the UAE and across the region,” said Pauwels. “A great deal of high-quality leather is needed in these five-star establishments for interior fit-outs and so demand for premium offerings is on the rise.

“This has drawn the attention of top French tanneries at Leatherworld Middle East, which are reputed the world over for producing the finest of leathers of various grades and types. They have maintained their edge by building on their inherent advantages of historical tradition and workmanship of the highest order,” added Pauwels.

Meanwhile, spending on small luxury leather goods in the Middle East and African (MEA) region is surging ahead – a factor that is driving the uptick in interest in the region from top flight French tanneries and other international exhibitors at Leatherworld Middle East 2015.

Market figures released by analysts Euromonitor International show that the MEA small leather luxury goods market (wallets, purses, card holders, and other accessories) was valued at US$270.7 million in 2014, and growing 13.7 annually to reach US$453.5 million by 2018.

Nick Butler, Export Manager at Covico, another French exhibitor at Leatherworld Middle East, said: “To date very few quantities of French raw hides and skins have been destined for the Middle East region, and Leatherworld Middle East presents us an exciting opportunity to open into this market.

“French hides and skins are recognised to be among the best quality raw material available for making top quality leather. We are convinced the Middle Easterners appreciate quality and will be attracted to our products.”

Other French tanneries and suppliers at Leatherworld Middle East 2015 include LCO Group, Tanneries Haas, HCP Exotic Leathers, Degermann, Pechdo, Alran, Remy Carriat, Megissserie de la Moliere, La Megisserie Sofacuir, and ATC Tannery Chemicals.

The strong French connection will be further complemented by two of Leatherworld Middle East’s supporting associations, the French Federation of Tanners, and the French Skins and Hides Syndicate.

Leatherworld Middle East is the region’s first and only dedicated trade event covering the entire value chain of the global leather industry, from tanneries (semi-finished and finished leather), chemicals, and machinery to finished leather goods, including footwear, bags, wallets, accessories, furniture and everything derived from leather.

The international flavour at the first edition of the three-day event will be highlighted by more than 90 exhibitors from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Pakistan, Senegal, Spain, the UK, USA, and the UAE.

Leatherworld Middle East will also feature exclusive product zones, including ‘The Shoe Box’, a section dedicated entirely for footwear; ‘The Trend Zone’, for tanneries to display the latest international leather trends, from colours, leather types, innovation and eco leather; and ‘The Fashion Avenue’, where suppliers of high street fashion leather products showcase their high-end leather clothes and accessories.

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