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October 22nd, 2014 sees the opening of a new, biannual, two day footwear event at the Alicante Exhibition Centre in Elche. Located in the Spanish province of Alicante, Elche is the region where most of Spain’s shoe manufacturing capacity is based.
Aimed at private labels, the event, dubbed Co-Shoes International, has been organised by the Spanish Footwear Industries Federation (FICE) and aims to promote and invigorate the Spanish and European footwear industry. Co-Shoes will be held biannually in May and October at the same time as Futurmoda (International Exhibition of Leather, Components and Machinery for Footwear).
In a recent interview with worldfootwear.com, Javier Garcia Lillo, the General Secretary of FICE, said that “CO-SHOES is a workshop for “outsourcing” in the footwear sector to promote and boost the productivity capacity of the Spanish; and also Portugal, Italy and other European countries.”
“Our main objective is to define CO-SHOES as an international platform focused on the exchange of information and the initiation of new business between shoe manufacturers and international brands. The expectations of the organisation are to get more than a hundred exhibitors from Spain, Portugal and other European Countries.”
When asked what the main challenges and opportunities were for the overall footwear industry and the Spanish industry in particular, Mr. Lillo said the challenges facing most of the European footwear manufacturers were very similar in that the main challenges were “to produce the highest quality shoes in the world, with innovation, design, and fashion.” Mr. Lillo went on to say that the two ways to ensure that the industry flourished are to produce in Europe and export to international markets.