Onofre re-elected head of Portuguese association
Luís Onofre has served as APICCAPS president since 2017.
Luís Onofre – current president of the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (APICCAPS) – has been re-elected to the role for a further three years. Mr Onofre will head a 26-strong team of entrepreneurs from the organisation’s headquarters in the city of Oporto.
“These elections take place precisely at an exceptional time in our lives,” explained Mr Onofre. “Even though the impact of the pandemic on the world economy and on our companies remains to be accurately assessed, we know we have a great challenge ahead. At a time when the theme of reindustrialisation has returned to the European agenda, it is important that Portugal creates conditions to definitively assert itself as a leader in the development of integrated solutions for the footwear cluster.”
Designer and producer Luís Onofre is the third generation of his family to run a shoe company which specialises in women’s high-end footwear. His customers are said to have included Queen Letizia of Spain and former US First Lady, Michelle Obama.
APICCAPS was founded in 1975 to represent the Portuguese footwear industry in its entirety. The association currently has more than 1,750 member companies, which reportedly employ over 44,000 people.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the September 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.