Excellent Speaker


    Managing Director
    FDDI - Footwear Design & Development Institute
  • Magdalena Kondej

    Global Head of Apparel and Footwear Research
    Euromonitor International
  • Hilke Patzwall

    Senior Manager Sustainability & CSR
    VAUDE Sport GmbH & Co. KG

Summit Background

Footwear industry, like many other industries, is in the middle of transformation unlike any before, companies face challenges which could turn into opportunities if the right and timely decisions are made. The shoe industry is currently evolving at a rapid pace, adopting various material technologies especially in the area of fit, comfort and functionality.

The global sports footwear market is expected to register a CAGR of almost 3% during 2018-2022. The global premium shoes market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.42% during the period 2017-2021. And the global footwear market (athletic and non-athletic) is expected to generate revenue of around USD 320.44 billion by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of around 4.5% between 2017 and 2023.

As consumers grew to look for a combination of “style, comfort, performance”, the increasing awareness of health concerns has driven the demand for athletic shoes among non-sporty people as well. This demand has forced footwear brands to push different material R&D and selection, varied designing, development and production techniques much faster and effective, also design-driven sustainable innovation to improve resource efficiency and enable more considered consumption.

This symposium will give a wealth of in-depth market and technology analysis with inputs from industry experts. It covers the current innovative material and technology, manufacturing landscape and its growth prospects.


Summit Highlights
  • Overall Development and Trend of Innovative Functional Shoe Material
  • Raw Material Cost Update, Trends and Risk Management
  • Geographic Breakdown Analysis of Demand for Highly Innovative Footwear, its Market Opportunity and Major Challenges
  • Growing Footwear Trend: Not Only Shoes Speak to Aesthetic and Value but also Comfortable, Durable, with Functionality and Affordable
  • Material that contributes to Designs which Requires Less Material, Components, Processing and Assembly Steps, aiming to Reduce Waste,  Optimize the Use of Recycled Content, and Automation
  • Trends in Performance Textile and Components Design and Innovation, and Its Exciting Applications
  • Super Light, Ultra Durable, Stick Resistant, Nonwoven Innovation for Footwear
  • Bidegradable Raw Material to Add Functionality, Easy to Combine with Other Materials
  • Incorporating New Technology and Material Selection into Design Process to Improve Quality and Enhance Creativity and Achieve Product Offering
  • Leather Treatment Innovation to Add Functionality without Compromising Esthetics
  • The VAUDE Efforts to its 100% PFC-Free Products
  • Super Lightweight, High Energy Return, TPU that Provides Performance for Sports Footwear
  • Revolutionary Isocyanate-Free Polyurethane for Footwear
  • Technology Breakthroughs of Upgraded Knitting Technology and the Potential Future of Knitting, and How They are Effecting Design and Development Process
  • Through the effective test and supervision of footwear raw materials and hazardous materials to realize green production and export
  • Incorporate 3D printing in a Deeper Level by Scouting New Approaches of Changing the Manufacturing Outlook
  • Panel Discussion: To Strengthen Innovation Capability with a Strategic R&D System and Performance Indicator for Local Chinese Suppliers
  • Effective Approaches and Methods to Implement a Circular Economy into the Footwear Industry
  • Panel Discussion: How to Fast-Track Developments to Respond to a more Frequent Changing Cutomer Preference and to Facilitate Customization
  • Intelligent and Automated Production Further Promotes the Modernization of the Footwear Industry

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