In a joint press conference held today in Hong Kong, during APLF, the UITIC Executive

Committee, APICCAPS and CTCP, announced the first speakers of the 20th edition of the UITIC

Congress, taking place in Porto, from the 16th – 18th May.


The 20th edition of the UITIC Congress is the first major footwear conference of its kind taking

place since the massification of the Industry 4.0 principles. Flexibility, digital technologies,

customisation and the management of the ever-changing relation between brands and final

consumer are key Industry 4.0 principles present in the mind of us all. In this context, Portuguese based footwear manufacturer AMF (brand To Work For) will deliver a much-awaited

presentation focused on shoes made without stitching and no lasting processes.


This new technology allows the production of shoes using traditional materials in the shoe industry, such as leather, without the need to incorporate many of the standard production stages that have

characterized the production of shoes since the beginning. The UITIC Congress will be the perfect

opportunity to hear and see about the process developed by AMF which uses only one injection

machine unlike any other standard production methods. Without a question, a talk which will

captivate the attention of an industry looking into developing non-stitching processes for many

years. (


In an environment where disruption is the norm rather than the exception, businesses must have

the ability and the skills to turn changes into opportunities before their competitors do. New

technologies and new methods appear almost every day and it is key to be the first to understand

how these can be applied in the processes in order to drive better performances.


Deloitte’s Center for the Edge understands that and works based on this assumption. This special

Deloitte’s service conducts original research across industries and develops substantive

perspectives for new corporate growth to help senior executives and key leaders to make sense

of and profit from emerging opportunities on the edges of business and technology.


In May, Maarten Oonk from the Deloitte’s Center for the Edge will be in Porto to give participants a

better understanding of the fundamental changes shaping the world, especially the ones related

to exponential technologies and how these can contribute to the development of emerging

business models. ( Leandro de Melo, CTCP General Manager stated: “The UITIC Congress will be a unique opportunity for the footwear industry to show its technological leadership. Hundreds of participants already registered to attend the technical sessions and to visit some of the most advanced footwear factories in Portugal”.


Mr. Melo continued: “Nowadays Porto is an important meeting point for international players who

can find in Portugal partners with high level manufacturing skills, able to quickly respond to the

market’s needs and with strong in-house departments focused on the development of products”.



The 20th UITIC Congress – From Fashion to Factory: A New Technological Age

The UITIC Executive Committee, APICCAPS and CTCP will organise the 20th edition of the UITIC

Congress, to take place in Porto from the 16th to the 18th of May 2018, at the Sheraton Hotel and

including visits to some of the leading Portuguese companies. Two extra days are reserved for

additional visits to factories. For more information please refer to:

UITIC is the International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians, an organization focused on the

development of technical knowledge in the footwear industry, on organizing international

conferences and promoting information exchange between its members in the field of technology.

CTCP is the Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre, a non-profit organization supporting the

footwear industry in the fields of testing and quality control, technical assistance and consultancy,

research and development of new materials, products, processes and equipment.



APICCAPS is the national association representing the footwear, leather goods, components and

equipment companies of the entire cluster in Portugal.

Hong Kong, 14th March 2018