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The Rising Importance for Sustainability: customers have higher expectations regarding sustainability after COVID-19

'After COVID-19 customers have higher expectations regarding sustainability. The pandemic has taught us that having production closer to the place where the goods are sold is important.
The common requests, on all types of machines relate to digitalization and industry 4.0, as well as sustainability, traceability, and circular economy," reports Maria Vittoria Brustia, President of ASSOMAC, the National Association of Italian Manufacturers of Footwear, Leather Goods and Tanning Technologies.

Industry trends

Sports shoes and sneakers are still very popular, very in fashion. But we also see a return to classic shoes. So, I would say that at this moment, all types of shoes are in fashion

Current market situation

The main worry of the member associations of ASSOMAC include:
-rising energy costs
-availability of materials and components
- difficulties in acquiring skilled labour

Check out the interview to hear more

Source: Maria Vittoria Brustia, interview featured on World of Footwear, Jan 2023.