MATERIALS+ | The Exhibition for New Discovery

Bag / Footwear Components | Machinery | Functional Materials

Dates:12-14 March 2025
Opening Hours:

09:30am-6:00pm on Day 1 & 2

09:30am-5:00pm on Day 3

Venue:Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Concurrent Events:APLF Leather & Materials+, Fashion Access
Expected Eevnts300
Buyer’s Business Nature:Fashion Brand, Footwear Factory, Leathergoods Manufacturer, Material Importer

Materials+ Fusing Craftsmanship with Innovation

Materials+ is the exhibition where regional fashion designers, buyers and manufacturers are eager to discover the latest green technology, advanced fashion materials, innovative components, modern manufacturing process and natural materials that cater the leather goods and footwear sectors.

Synergises with APLF Leather & Fashion Access Fairs

Hailed as the top-class Asian exhibition for sourcing materials and components for fashion products and footwear, Materials+ goes hand in hand with APLF Leather and Fashion Access which are considered as the most important sourcing events for the leather and fashion manufacturing industries.

Serving the Important Regional Manufacturing Regions

Buyers worldwide, especially from regional hub of footwear and leather goods production, are here to discover the latest materials and components for their mass production. 

Top visiting countries and regions in 2023


Hong Kong










Products Buyers Most Sought After:

  • Functional Materials for footwear which is patented, produced in a technological way, with one-of-a-kind function or serve specific purpose.
  • Sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable materials and components for footwear and bags, including plant-based materials.
  • Leathergoods hardware for the next fashion season
  • Bags and footwear production and sewing machines

Onsite Discovery

M+ Forum
M+ Forum offers audience a tech talk experience to interact with our exhibitors who take the stage to demonstrate their newest technology.

M+ Trend Insight and Presentation
The display area, accompanied by a presentation from our M+ curator, presents the best sustainable material and technological innovation from our exhibitors for a trend forecast of the upcoming fashion seasons.

Global Footwear Executive Summit
The summit brings together leaders from various segments of the footwear industry, including manufacturing, retail, marketing, branding, materials, technology, and sustainability to provide insights into the latest trends, innovations, and strategies that are shaping the future of the global footwear market.

M+ Sustainability Programme

The Programme highlights Materials+ exhibitors who have implemented a policy in line with Corporate Social Responsibility for their quality management, environmental management, working conditions, hazardous chemicals in products, etc.

What Will You Find Here?

Materials & Fabric

Bonded Materials

  • Bonded / Bicast Leather / Bonded Cork / Rubber


Synthetic / Advanced Functional Materials

  • Mesh (3D / Air / Honeycomb) / Nonwovens Synthetics (Felt / Microfiber / PU / PVC) / Woven Synthetic Fabrics (Nylon / Rayon / Polyester) / Performance Fabrics (Anti-bacterial / Thermal / Waterproof / Elastic / Mesh / Kevlar / Carbon Fibres) / Recycled Synthetics Materials (PET) / Special-finished Materials (Reflective / Holographic) / Synthetics Made to Look Like Leather (Microfiber / PU / PVC)


Woven & Natural Materials

  • Abaca / Banana / Coconut Fiber / Jute / Cotton / Canvas / Silk / Linen / Cashmere / Vicuna


Accessories & Components


Shoe Components

  • Counters / Heels / Linings / Outsoles / Midsoles / Insoles / Shanks / Shankboards / Toe Puffs / Toe Caps / Functional Trims / Piping / Braid / Tongues / Yoke / Shoe Laces / Aiglets / Uppers / Welting Material / TPU Injected / Foam Structures


Fashion Hardware & Accessories

  • Bag Frames / Bag Handles / Beads / Sequins / Buckles / Buttons / Hooks / Chains / Clasps / Fastenings / Zip Fasteners / Pullers / Locks / Magnets / Decorative Trims (Florets / Ribbons) / Labels / Tags / Leather Straps / Lace / Fringe / Non-Leather Straps / Packaging / Rings / Links / Studs / Rivets / Grommets / Natural Components (Bamboo / Horn / Mother of Pearl / Wood) / Luxury Components (Crystal / Jade / Semi-Precious Stones / Precious Metals)


Manufacturing & Tech


Manufacturing Supplies

  • Cements / Stretch Sprays / Glues / Edge Paints / Interlinings / Linings / Nails & Tacks / Tapes / Threads / Release Papers / Transfer Films / Foils


Machinery, Tools & Supplies

  • Footwear Production Machinery / Leather garments & Leather goods Production Machinery / Fine Leather Hand Tools


Advanced Fashion Technologies

  • Wearable Technologies / 3D Design / Printing Machines / Knitting Technologies / Sustainable Processes

Moving Toward Sustainability: A Green Initiative

APLF designed the Materials+ Sustainability Programme to recognise exhibitors at Materials+ who have implemented a policy in line with Corporate Social Responsibility

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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