He was re-elected for a new three-year term as president of the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Products Association (APICCAPS), which represents the entire footwear industry in Portugal. Portuguese businessman Luís Onofre said: “In view of the economic slowdown in international markets, the main objective of the shoe industry in a new Strategic Plan for the next decade is to turn the Portuguese shoe industry into a great reference for developing sustainable solutions.”
APICCAPS (Portuguese Association of Footwear, Components, Leather Products and Their Substitutes), which was founded in 1975 and represents the entire footwear industry in Portugal, re-elected businessman Luís Onofre as its President. It covers the Footwear industry, Shoe components industry, Leather goods industry and Goods and equipment industry and trade.
The businessman, who will hold a three-year term as president again, brought sustainability plans for the Portuguese shoe industry to the agenda. Drawing attention to the important breakthroughs of the Portuguese Footwear industry in the international market and also drawing attention to the strategic actions of Portuguese companies regarding the internationalization, Anofre continued: “It is important to acknowledge that COVID-19 has affected our activities in recent years.” Additionally, high-exporting sectors “had to face the consequences of the war in Ukraine, especially in terms of inflation and the economic slowdown in our main markets.” Even so, the Shoe Cluster has presented a new Strategic Plan for the next decade; The main goal of this Plan is “to transform the Portuguese footwear industry into a great reference for developing sustainable solutions.” said.
Within the scope of the data of the Portuguese Ministry of Labor, it has been observed that the number of shoes and leather goods has increased in the last 10 years.
At the conference themed ‘New Paths in the Footwear Industry’ organized by APICCAPS in December, Portugal’s research and quality center (CTCP) Maria José Ferreira presented biomaterials, ecological shoes, circular economy, advanced production technologies and education as the main directions of the ‘BioShoes4All’ project, based on five pillars. and its introduction. Industry 5.0, ESG etc. It was discussed in the projects.