An Introduction of the Hong Kong Footwear Federation Limited

Hong Kong Footwear Federation Limited (herein after called the Federation) was founded in 1970. It was first called Hong Kong Leather Association Limited. In September 1991, its name was changed to Hong Kong Leather Shoe and Shoe Material Merchants Association Limited. Then in May 2006, it was renamed Hong Kong Footwear Federation Limited. This name has been used until now.

The early members of the Federation were mainly composed of representatives from the shoe factories, footwear wholesalers, retailers, shoe last factory, leather traders, shoes accessory suppliers and other shoe related industries.

During its initial phase, the Hong Kong economy had yet to take off, but the Federation had been actively coordinating its members and participating in business activities at home and abroad. This had laid a solid foundation for the future development of the local footwear industry.

The Federation participates in the Guangzhou Spring Fair and Autumn Fair held in April and October respectively. In addition, it also takes part in the trade-fairs organized by the Beijing Light Industry Corporation Industry in March and August every year.

In the 1970s, China’s domestic market had yet to open, but the Federation had already established close links with light industry factories and livestock companies and conducted business dealings in many mainland cities, provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. The list includes: Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Harbin, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Guizhou, Fujian, Xiamen, Guangxi, Guangdong, Guangzhou etc. It has commanded a lion share in the shoe industry in the mainland from an early period.

For years, the Federation has been enthusiastic in consolidating and creating opportunities for further business development. It has been working closely with shoe associations at home and abroad, including:Leather Industry Association of Beijing, Guangzhou and Footwear Association, Footwear Association, Shenzhen Leather Industry Association, Taiwan Footwear Association, Footwear Association of Malaysia, the Footwear Association of Thailand, Singapore and Footwear Association, etc. With the concerted efforts of all its participating members, the Federation has successfully introduced the domestic shoes into Hong Kong and the world markets.

The opening of China has brought in new and exciting business opportunities for the Federation. Its membership has extended to include wholesalers, retailers, domestic and local large-scale chain stores, shoe manufacturers, shoe material suppliers, shoe machine providers and shoe designers. It is now being reckoned as the leader of the field in the industry in Hong Kong.

For years, the Federation has actively participated in community services. In its early years, it mobilized the industry to fight against the U.S. 301 tariff; in recent years, it has been working hard in defending the EU anti-dumping duty. Locally, the Federation took the initiative to participate in government-run Lee Wai Lee footwear courses to train talents for the shoe industry. It also enthusiastically assists the government to set up a footwear design course, establish a loopback production system and develop new technology. In addition, to help with the development of the creative industries, the Federation works alongside with the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education to offer footwear design courses. It also works in conjunction with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council to organize the Hong Kong Footwear Design Competition to nurture a new generation of shoe design talents for the industry. All these endeavours have received positive feedbacks and support from all sectors of the community, the Hong Kong Government, major enterprises and the tertiary institutions.

On top of its community participation, the Federation has been working closely with the labour sector. Since its foundation, the association has maintained close contact with the "Hong Kong and Kowloon Footwear Workers Association”. From 1971-1987, these two bodies had worked closely to discuss issues concerning the shoe workers' wages and other welfares and to establish a good working relationship between the employers and the employees. The principal members of the Federation have been sponsoring an activity called the “鞋業青松社” organised by the labor sector.

For 42 years, the Federation has been working incessantly for the continual development of the shoe industry and its achievements are outstanding. The encouraging results are attributed to the concerted efforts and devotion of all its members. The Federation will continue to work hard to strive for an even brighter future.