The Council for Leather Exports (CLE),has organized the 19th International Technical Footwear Congress of the International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians (UITIC) during February 3rd to 5th 2016 in Chennai, India.


The UITIC has been a pioneer in the dissemination of technical developments and knowledge in the footwear industry by facilitating information exchanges between its members, UITIC’s main activity is to organize an International Technical Footwear Congress which addresses the latest technical issues and problems.

The Council for Leather Exports (CLE)-India is the Apex body for the international promotion and overall development of the Indian Leather & Footwear sectors, and hosted the 19th UITIC CongressWas held in Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu State which is home to some of the leading footwear clusters of India.

The Theme of the 19th Technical Footwear Congress is “Future Footwear Factory”. Advances in technology, design and information sciences have enabled the modernization of factories for producing footwear with advanced properties, making optimum use of resources. However there remains the perennial challenge of changing consumer demands and market vagaries. Also, today’s instantly-connected world has ushered in a plethora of opportunities and challenges. Footwear factories have to adapt and improvise to stay ahead in this dynamic scenario. The 19th UITIC Congress brought together technical experts, manufacturers and stake holders of the Footwear Industry for a period of intense deliberations on the theme.

The long running and well-known India International Leather Fair (IILF), Chennai has taken place on contiguous dates during January 31 – February 3, 2016 which added to the UITIC Congress.


19th UITIC Congress Presentation

19th UITIC Congress Video