Visitor numbers up at CHIC Shanghai, while in Germany there are those thinking about Africa and shoes. The Chinese event (837 labels on show, from 21 countries and with around 50 Italian fashion companies) closed its doors with a significant increase in visitors (+15% compared to last year’s edition), reaching 65,700. For footwear, the March edition seems to be the most profitable because Chinese customers prefer the winter collection to the summer one. Despite this, some good business was done. The Marche-based company Spernanzoni confirmed it had taken a major order, as did another Marche-based firm Giovanni Fabiani, which got a large order from a Chinese company. The next edition will take place from 15 to 17 March 2017. In Germany, the fairs are still in turmoil. From 2017, Messe Frankfurt will partner Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week Ethiopia, where it will also merge its Texworld, Apparel Sourcing and Texprocess events. An operation that underlines the increasing importance that Africa is acquiring as a manufacturing continent. In 2017, the Africa Sourcing & Fashion Week will take place for the seventh time in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The latest edition (4-7 October 2016) was attended by around 160 international exhibitors, including footwear manufacturers and manufacturers of bags and leather accessories. Panorama Berlin responds to the acquisition of Show&Order by Premium by expanding the spaces dedicated to footwear at the next edition, scheduled for 17 to 19 January 2017. The footwear exhibitors (approximately 120 of them) will no longer be located in Hall 10, but will be able to use Halls 5 and 6. The latest edition attracted around 51,000 visitors.