FOLLOWING its success at the 9th Hong Kong International Footwear Fair last October, the Chamber of Commerce of Albacete in Spain is returning to exhibit at Show Vision at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 25 to 27. This is part of the Fashion and Finished Products Section of the Leather Show, which follows on the Raw Materials and Manufacturing Section. A total of 18 companies - all manufacturers of medium and high quality men's and women's footwear - will form a Spanish Pavilion. Spanish companies taking part for the first time include Albustan, Antonella, Calzados Jordi, Calzados Mayga, Calzados Sylen, Dalp International, Divertente, Jaime Catala, Lormis and Martelli. Footwear is one of Spain's major manufacturing industries, employing 40,000 people in 2,500 companies. Total production last year was 914 million pairs of shoes, with a market value of US$2.1 billion. Spain exported 95 million pairs - a 44 per cent increase compared with 1992, which were worth US$1.1 billion - 17 per cent more than 1992. The European Union took 71.5 per cent of exports - up 4.6 per cent from 1992. Hong Kong imported 180,000 pairs of shoes from Spain in 1992, valued at HK$42.36 million, but last year the value of these imports leapt to HK$67.44 million - an increase of 59 per cent. This follows a similar increase of nearly 40 per cent in 1992 compared with 1991, and Spain has climbed from being Hong Kong's 14th largest supplier in 1992 to its 12th largest last year.