About us

International Leather Maker (ILM) is a digital focused business information brand that was officially launched in Shanghai, September 2013. It is dedicated to the international leather making industry. ILM is the first truly multi-media experience in the tanning industry, content is accessed via a range of modern delivery channels including a website, digital App magazine, weekly e-newsletter and social media. But don’t worry if you still love to read about the industry on paper, ILM magazine is also available in print.

ILM is aimed at the international tanning industry created for the hard working, time limited modern tanners who want to receive news and information about the industry using multiple platforms and devices. ILM will also be an essential read for meat packers and hide traders, tannery suppliers and leather end-users such as small and large international retail brands and OEMs.

Editorial content will focus on news, industry people, blogs and features (technical, environment, business, finance, raw materials and market information) and will also be a forum through the “ILM LinkedIn” group for social media discussions and debate on the key issues of the moment. What ILM is offering is a media revolution for the tanning industry and we aim to deliver industry information in innovative and efficient new ways, not available with other media in the industry.

A digital media revolution – Access information how and when you like

Updated daily & user friendly website

www.internationalleathermaker.com features regular news and blogs from industry insiders, ILM and industry events, social media updates, video content and much more. The website will be updated daily and includes a regular free weekly email newsletter highlighting the latest industry stories. Sign-up on the homepage if you would like to receive this service. It only takes a minute.

The website has a modern layout and promises a simple to navigate, user-friendly experience. ILM has also teamed-up with TheSauerReport.com to provide information about the global hides and skins raw materials markets to support ILM's premium content that is essential reading for the busy leather professional.


Digital App magazine

ILM Magazine will have a frequency of six times per year. Available in print for those who want it, ILM magazine is however best experienced in digital App format, available to read on-the-go using tablet and smartphone devices (iPad, iPhone and android compatible). In fact, ILM has been specially optimised to be used on mobile phones. The only media information provider in the tanning industry to offer this service.

Greater functionality

The first of its kind in the industry, the ILM App will have the same premium content as the printed version of the magazine, but will be specially customised with a different look and a number of additional unique features including:

  • Push notifications – keep up to date & never miss an issue
  • Video streaming, image sliders & scrollable text
  • Live links – immediate access to information found quickly & easily
  • Intuitive gesture capability – simply pinch, swipe & tap
  • Social media sharing – share news and features with contacts

It is a fully interactive digital magazine experience and not just another digital page turner!

As with all ILM media, the core aim is to make it the best available user experience in the market. Subscribers are able to download the App and read the digital edition as part of the premium subscription package. So if you are not reading this article in digital format now go to www.internationalleathermaker.com/subscribe to find out how you can access it using your tablet or smartphone.

Social media

Alongside a digital presence, ILM will also be active on social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Twitter users can follow ILM, @ILMEditor and we also have our own LinkedIn group page at “International Leather Maker”. Join us and become part of the ‘ILM Community’ and the new revolution that’s taking place.

Contact us

If you want to know more about ILM or have an interesting idea or article please contact: Martin Ricker martin@internationalleathermaker.com

For commercial enquires contact: Maria Wallace maria@internationalleathermaker.com

Martin Ricker, Content Director

Co-founder of ILM Martin Ricker (BSc Hons, Chemistry) has worked for many years in both the leather and media industries. He previously worked at BLC Leather Technology Centre, UK in the laboratory. He has worked-in and visited many tanneries and leather related companies, organisations and has attended many industry related events and exhibitions throughout the world. For 18 years he has been working in the media industry specialising in the tanning sector where he has been editor of a trade publication for the past 5 years before co-founding ILM. He is well-known in the sector and is highly regarded as a leading industry commentator.

Maria Wallace, Commercial Director

Co-founder of ILM Maria Wallace (BA Hons English) has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry. Starting her career in PR & Marketing, she then went on to work in media sales, specialising in B2B. She has extensive experience in selling print and web based products as well as events. Her last role involved commercial responsibility for a group of publications, including one specialising in the tanning sector. Maria is known for her consultative sales approach and creative ability. She works closely with clients to create campaigns that achieve goals and objectives.

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International Leather Maker is a business information brand produced by Edify Digital Media Ltd