Call for Papers is a great success 20th UITIC Congress, Porto, 16th-18th May 2018

Ninety-five abstracts received during the Call for Papers reveal the increasing interest of

the footwear industry for the UITIC Congress. The 20th edition of the International Technical

Footwear Congress will take place in Porto from the 16th to the 18th of May.

Nineteen countries, representing the main worldwide footwear players, have presented their ideas

for the in-room sessions of the UITIC Congress. China, India, Italy, Mexico, Portugal and

Spain were the most represented countries in this Call for Papers open to all innovators from the

worldwide footwear industry.


An increasing number of countries with submissions when compared to the previous edition of

the Congress (thirteen countries presented submissions for the last UITIC Congress in Chennai)

reveals “the UITIC Congress is more and more interesting for the footwear community”, stated

Françoise Nicolas, UITIC’s General Secretary and Coordinator of the Scientific Committee.

Nicolas has no doubts: “We can consider the Call for Papers a great success!”.


All the proposals will now be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the results will be

communicated before the end of February. A selection of 25 to 30 speeches will be delivered

during the 20th UITIC Congress in Porto, subject to the following main topics:

– New products, new services linked to the consumers’ needs

– Intelligent development and manufacturing: towards a technological revolution

– Sustainability, supply chain transparency and regulatory trends impacting on factories

Human centered factories and new way of management


Anticipating the atmosphere of the 20th UITIC Congress Françoise Nicolas declared: “It will be a

great opportunity to meet relevant experts from the main footwear manufacturing areas, to have

detailed information on the state of the innovations available and to get familiar with the main

technological orientations for the footwear sector”.


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:


Portuguese Footwear Industry

The Portuguese footwear industry, with a total of 1 473 companies and employing 38 661 people,

continues to be highly focused on the international markets exporting more than 95% of its

production. In 2016, Portugal has exported 81 million pairs of shoes to 152 countries across the

5 continents, with a total value of 1 923 million euros, making it the 7th consecutive year of



In this short period, the Portuguese footwear industry has presented an outstanding

dynamic, increasing its exports revenue by 50%. In the last few decades, the Portuguese

footwear industry braced the challenge to modernize facilities and production methods, and has

invested in the less tangible elements. Nowadays, Portuguese companies are known worldwide

not only for the quality of their footwear but also for the excellence of their service, the ability to

deliver small series and always based on a quick response to the market needs and requirements.


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