“I am confident, that is a good start”. Lineapelle first day brings along optimistic expectations among exhibitors. Since the early morning pavilions and stands were fully crowded in fact. Giuseppe Osci’s comment (he is the holder of Conceria Osci, based in Teverola, Caserta) is confirmed by Mrs Luciana, holder of David System tannery (Albaredo D’Adige, Verona): “ Hopefully new customers will turn up, expectations are bright since leather industry works according to seasons, and summer goes on more slowly”. “We are confident over accomplishments to be carried out at the fair, despite tough times; besides that, summer collections mostly suffer from alternative materials competition”. That’s Enrico Banti’s comment: he is the vice chairman of Alaska tannery, a leather factory (based in Tuscany) that produces leather for footwear. “Our optimism is also based on euro-dollar rates, that makes us more competitive on international markets”. As well Luca Ermanno Romano (Romano Tannery) is confident: “It’s tough times for clothing, still we are sure that our suedes, to be matched to fabrics and drywashable, will meet our customers approval”. “Since opening hours we have seen more visitors, compared to the last editions” – says Paola Cittadini, Cittadini Sales Manager, a fabrics and threads factory based in Lombardy. “Hopefully at the end of the fair we will have met a lot of foreign customers, and Italians as well (decreasing in the past few years). Raw materials price raise is a problem, but the overall economic situation is fine, as international companies are coming back to Italy”.