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Véronique Saunier established her reputation as a journalist soon after moving to Hong Kong in 1988. As a freelance writer, she has been covering the fashion, leather and fine fibre industries for various magazines including the industry’s leading trend setter WGSN. Her background as a former science and technology writer enables her to interpret in a highly readable manner the way new technologies affect various industries and our lives. She understands and is concerned about the impact the fashion industry has on the livelihood and traditions of animal breeders across the world. A dedicated environmentalist, she tirelessly promotes corporate responsibility and sustainable development as a means of preserving cultural diversity. At the same time she defends the rightful access of local populations to education, healthcare, technological advancements, prosperity and wealth creation. She has played an active part in developing and coordinating the programme of the Cashmere World Forum and of the Global Footwear Retail Conference. A tireless traveler with an extensive experience of living in China, Véronique commutes regularly between Asia and Europe.
Chinh Viet was established in 2003, in Ho Chi Minh City and has been in the business of making baby, kid and lady footwear ever since. With more than 13 years of experience and expertise in footwear manufacturing, Chinh Viet factories are known internationally for their commitment to high quality and to trendy style.
The appeal of APLF Leather and Materials+ exhibition is no doubt in its varied and inventive setting. On one booth you discover the latest advancements in robotics and automation, on another you find innovative materials and on yet another you stroke hand-made genuine leather products. In this era of digital disruption and automation and of emergence of new high-tech and high-performance materials, some companies such as The Clayton Leather Group proudly pursue the traditional way of producing leather and leather goods.
Interview with Sergio Dulio, Manager of ATOMLab, the Research and Innovation unit of the ATOM Group. Sergio Dulio will answer more questions about disruptive technologies in the footwear industry, at the coming Global Footwear Retail Conference, which will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 30 March 2017.
According to Euromonitor International, worldwide online footwear and apparel sales increased by 22% in 2015, and e-commerce accounted for 12% of total global footwear sales of US $340 billion last year, equivalent to US $41 billion.
Will footwear come back to Europe and the USA through high-tech factories only operated by robots? Will in-store manufacturing of tailor-made shoes be the solution for brick and mortar retail? Will we be able to have computers and scanners simply generate the shoes we need so we can 3D print them at home?
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