• 19-22 September 2023
  • Milan, Italy


Culture, Tradition and Innovation

Why Milan and Vigevano?

The UITIC (International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians) Congress is an international event that brings together experts, researchers, and professionals in the footwear industry to exchange knowledge and best practices.

Milan is a major center of the fashion industry and Vigevano has a long tradition in the production of high-quality shoes. Therefore, the choice for a suitable location for the UITIC Congress is clear.

Milan is also known for its advanced infrastructure and excellent transportation links, making it easy for attendees from all over the world to travel to the city and it offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels, to suit the needs of different attendees.

Moreover, Milan is a hub for research and innovation, with several world-renowned universities and research centers focusing on fashion, design, and technology. Therefore, the city can provide a unique platform for attendees to explore the latest advancements and trends in the footwear industry.

Why Italy?

The footwear industry is one of Italy's most significant manufacturing sectors, contributing significantly to the country's economy and it's famous worldwide for its high-quality shoes, with many of the world's leading fashion and luxury brands sourcing their footwear from Italian manufacturers.

Italy's footwear industry has a rich history dating back to the 19th century, when small family-owned businesses began producing shoes using traditional craftsmanship techniques. Over the years, these businesses have grown and evolved into large-scale factories, incorporating modern production techniques and technology while retaining the country's traditional focus on quality and design.

The footwear industry is a vital part of Italy's economy, generating revenue of over €8.5 billion and employing around 75,000 people in 2021, according to industry estimates. Italian-made shoes are in high demand globally, with exports accounting for over 70% of the country's footwear production.

Italy's footwear industry is known for its emphasis on design, craftsmanship, and innovation, which has made it a leader in the luxury footwear market. The sector is divided into several sub-segments, including sports shoes, women's shoes, and men's shoes, with each segment having its unique characteristics.

  • Yves Morin

    Yves Morin

    President of UITIC

    “UITIC Members are very enthusiastic about the idea of organizing the “21st UITIC International Footwear Congress” in Italy, which is an undisputed reference in terms of innovation and technology for the footwear industries.”

  • Françoise Nicolas

    Françoise Nicolas

    President of UITIC Congress Scientific Committee

    “The congress will be an occasion to focus on important technological innovations that have helped footwear companies modernize and become more sustainable. It is therefore an event that is not to be missed.”
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  • Sergio Dulio

    Sergio Dulio

    President of UITIC Congress Organisational Committee

    "UITIC members are delighted to join forces with such a prestigious partner as ASSOMAC for their “21st UITIC Congress” which will take place in Vigevano and Milan, both cities of reference in footwear technology and fashion."

  • Maria Vittoria Brustia

    Maria Vittoria Brustia

    President of ASSOMAC

    "By bringing together representatives of the international footwear industry, the UITIC congress gives participants a valuable opportunity to pool vital information." Copyright Loïc Benoit

  • Roberto Vago

    Roberto Vago

    Managing Director of ASSOMAC

    "This UITIC Congress will be a remarkable event due to its simultaneous organization with the "Simac Tanning Tech" exhibition, the international event with the most qualified offer of machinery and technologies for the footwear, leather goods and tanning industries."