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FDDI participates in Ambur Trade Centre's event
Aug '10
Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) participated in the 'Exhibition of Footwear Components, Accessories & Finished Leather' at Ambur Trade Centre, Ambur from 24th & 25th July 2010 at Stall No. Serv. Hall No.l.

The exhibition was inaugurated on 24th July 2010 at 11.00 AM by Mr. K. Allauddin, Principal Secretary, Govt. of Tamil Nadu on behalf of the Hon'ble Minister for Law Courts and Prisons, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Thiru. Durai Murugan in the presence of Thiru. C. Rajendran, IAS, District Collector, Vellore.

“The exhibition helped in identifying the huge opportunities existing in unexplored zones and establishing stronger ties with manufacturers in this region.” - Mr. M. Rafeeque Ahmed, Chairman, FDDI.

The inauguration was a grand fanfare attracting most of the doyens of the footwear & leather industry that included, Mr. M. Rafeeque Ahmed, Chairman, FDDI & Chairman, Ambur Economic Development Organisation Limited, Mr. Rajeev Lakhara, IRS, Managing Director, FDDI, Mr. Shashi Bhushan Shukla, IRS, Secretary, FDDI, Mr. Habib Hussain, Chairman, Council for Leather Exports, Mr. P.V.Gopalakrishna, President, Indian Shoe Federation, Mr. B.D Bhaiya, President, Indian Footwear Components Manufacturers Association and other eminent personality of the trade.

The exhibition opened at the newly inaugurated Ambur Trade Centre where a total of 120 exhibitors, including footwear component manufacturers and leather industries, exhibited their products in 155 stalls.

“The exhibition which was held in the heart of the manufacturing industry in Ambur created a bridge between the footwear and leather products industry manufacturers of the Ambur-Vaniyambadi-Pernambut-Vellore-Ranipet belt and the component producers and was successful in generating a national and international recognition for the industry by showing their talents and capabilities to the world.” - Mr. Rajeev Lakhara, IRS, Managing Director, FDDI.

On this occasion a book named "History of Leather Industry in Vellore District" was released by Thiru. M Mohamed Hashim Sahib, Chairman, Indian Leather Industry Foundation.

The exhibitors category included of synthetics /non-leather materials for linings, inter linings, Trims/accessories, Footbeds/insoles/ stiffeners, Lacing materials, elastics, fasteners (zippers, velcro, laces), Lasts, outsoles, moulds, shanks, Packaging materials, Tapes, knife blades, Threads, Finished Leather Manufacturers.

The Ambur-Vaniyambadi-Pernambut-Vellore-Ranipet belt is a leading cluster for export of Finished Leather, Shoe upper and full shoes. A number of leading international brands source their supplies from this region.

Mr. M. Rafeeque Ahmed, Chairman, FDDI who is also the Chairman of Ambur Economic Development Organisation Limited said “The exhibition helped in identifying the huge opportunities existing in unexplored zones and establishing stronger ties with manufacturers in this region.”

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