A large delegation of Indian footwear and leather suppliers will be present at this year's three-day Footwear and Leather Show in Melbourne.

As the world's second largest producer of footwear and leather garments, around 30 suppliers will exhibit in the largest pavilion at the Australian show from 20-22 November at Melbourne's Convention and Exhibition Centre. The group participation has been organised by the Council for Leather Exports (CLE), India's peak export trade promotion organisation.

For the third year running, CLE is bringing its member companies to Australia to showcase the quality of their products and expand their footprint in the Australian market.

"Australia is recognised as a growing and significant market for leather and leather products and we are proud to represent the Indian supplier market at the Footwear and Leather Show," says R Selvam IAS, executive director, Council for Leather Exports.

Julie Holt, exhibition director at IEC Group, adds: "India is a reliable and attractive destination for the manufacture of high-end goods and we are delighted to have CLE's continuing participation at the Footwear and Leather Show. We are confident this will support their commitment to developing export growth for the Indian leather sector, particularly within the discerning Australian market."

The Footwear and Leather Show, co-located with the International Sourcing Expo Australia and the China Clothing Accessories Textiles Expo, is Australia's dedicated trade-only event showcasing footwear and leather product, apparel and textiles from around the world. The three-day trade only event covering 16,500 gross sq metres of floorspace, is expected to draw more than 4,000 visitors.

The show will feature a range of footwear, leather and leather accessories from manufacturers and exporters looking at securing volume OEM and ODM partnerships with a trade and buying audience from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

Besides the direct business exchange on the show floor, the expo also offers a programme of learning and networking opportunities including seminars and workshops, networking events and industry presentations.