Up to now, the following Conferences have taken place:
|1972||EVIAN (France)||New materials, new processes.|
|1975||ALICANTE (Spain)||Development and technical prospects in the footwear industry.|
|1977||MAYENCE (Germany)||Future prospects and development trends in the footwear industry in the European area. The use of computers in the footwear industry. Automation and flexibility.|
|1979||BRISTOL (Great Britain)||Successful footwear manufacturing in developed countries.|
|1981||BELGRADE (Yugoslavia)||Footwear production in the microelectronics age.|
|1983||MILAN (Italy)||Automation of processes that enhance productivity and avoid handling times.|
|1985||BUDAPEST (Hungary)||Advances in CAD/CAM systems.|
|1987||ALICANTE (Spain)||The footwear industry of the future.|
|1989||NANTES (France)||"Just-in-time" or how to meet market needs reducing lead times.|
|1991||MUNICH (Germany)||Successful footwear companies of tomorrow.|
|1993||ATHENS (Greece)||Industrial organisation, new materials, quality management, training and automatisms.|
|1996||PORTO (Portugal)||Materials with better performance, new production and commercialisation tools, quality assurance systems and environmental management.|
|1999||FERMO (Italy)||Evolution of the shoe technology in the last 3 years and prospects for the near future.|
|2002||BUDAPEST (Hungary)||Transnational production of footwear and its components as a result of the growing globalisation of the economy.|
|2005||TUNIS (Tunisia)||Changes driven by footwear production globalisation and delocalisation.|
|2008||ELCHE (Spain)||The advantages of technology for footwear trading and production processes.|
|2010||LEON (Guanajuato, Mexico)||Powerful ideas in the footwear market.|
|2013||GUANGZHOU (Dongguan, China)||Social Responsibility: a challenge for the Footwear Industry.|
|2016||CHENNAI (India)||The Future Footwear Factory|
Visits to footwear factories and related industries are organised for these Conferences.
In addition, apart from conferences, relations between members are encouraged by promoting technical study trips to other countries.
The International Union of Technicians of the Footwear Industry, on the present basis, establishes with an international character, the "UITIC Award", in agreement with the following:
|Jan Pivecka||CZECH REPUBLIC||Technical||1999/Fermo|
|Petr Hlavacek||CZECH REPUBLIC||Scientific|
|Ars Arpel Group||ITALY||Special Mention for the Press|
|José Luis Poveda||SPAIN||Technical||2008/Elche|
|Leandro Alarcón||SPAIN||Special Mention for the Press|
|Enio E. Klein||BRAZIL||Technical||2010/Leon|
|Revista CalzaVance||MEXICO||Special Mention for the Press|
|Mickael Spaĉek||CZECH REPUBLIC||Technical||2013/Guangzhou|
|Jean Pierre Bidegain||FRANCE||Special Mention for the Press|
|Andreas Tespest||GERMANY||Technical & Scientific||2016/Chennai|
|Ferenc Schmel||HUNGARY||Technical & Scientific|
The object of the "UITIC Award" (as of now "Award") is to recognise, at an international level, the work of people who contribute particularly in the technological development in the footwear industries, whether it be for their activities in the actual footwear sector or in the related industries.
The Award will be given for a particularly significant contribution in the sector, either in the present or past, or as recognition of the overall work carried out over a long period of time.
The Award will be given exclusively to an individual working in the industry, and only in exceptional cases to companies or groups of people.
The Award will have three categories:
which will serve to recognise the merits of people who stand out in each one of the following areas:
A. Technical: Experts in the footwear industry, employed workers.
B. Scientific: Technologists or scientists, self-employed or belonging to technical organisations in the sector.
C. Managerial: Managers, associates or high level executives in the Sector industries.
This is not a monetary award and consists exclusively of a medal prepared for this purpose.
The candidates will be presented by the members of UITIC who have the right to vote, with a maximum of one candidate to be presented by each member. They must come accompanied with justification as to why they feel the candidate deserves the said award.
The closing date for nominations is ONE YEAR before UITIC's triennial Conference.
The Jury will be composed of members of UITIC's Executive Committee, who attend the nearest meeting after the closing date for nominations.
The President of the Executive Committee will lead the deliberations and the voting process and the Secretary of the Committee will take the minutes of the session.
The decisions will be taken by a simple majority, and in the case of a tie, the President will take the deciding vote, as a vote of quality.
The decision of the Jury will be justified and it will summarise the basis of the reasons why the winners were chosen for the Awards.
The Awards, one for each speciality, must always be presented.
The list of candidates and the deliberations of the Jury must be kept secret by the members.
The decision of the Jury will be final.
The public announcement of the winners and the presentation of the awards will take place during the International Technical Footwear Conference.