ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Conference in Stuttgart

Published:  07 December, 2017

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International Leather Maker (ILM) is pleased to announce that it is organising its next edition of the “ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain” conference in the German automotive city of Stuttgart which is the home to famous automotive brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

Following the success of last year’s event in Munich, ILM chose Stuttgart as one of Europe’s most important cities connected to the automotive industry with excellent transport links. The German automotive industry is the largest in the European continent.

The half-day (afternoon) conference will take place at the 5-star, Steigenberger Graf Zepplin luxury hotel in the centre of the city on Monday, June 4. The reason for this date and this location is to ally the conference with the Automotive Interiors Show which is taking place in the city in the same week, June 5-8 at the Stuttgart Messe. The idea is to allow attendees of the ILM conference an opportunity to visit the interiors show also on the same trip and maximise time away from the office or factory.

Speakers will include representatives from the whole automotive leather supply chain including leading tanners, tier-1 suppliers and OEMs. There will also be opportunities for networking.

The conference is aimed at anyone connected with the global automotive leather supply chain from hides/skins suppliers, chemicals and machinery suppliers, research and academic institutes, traders, tanners, tier-1 suppliers and automotive OEMs.

All presentations will be in English. The conference is lead sponsored by global leather chemical makers, Stahl, Zschimmer & Schwarz and France based auto cutting solutions provider, Lectra. The event is also supported by Swiss digital cutting company, Zund and the raw materials pricing website, theSauerReport.

Announcements on further speakers and topics will be revealed on this website in the coming weeks.

Strong demand and growth for SUVs

The SUVs automotive category recorded a 31.9% share of the European market in the November 2017, representing an increase of 4.3% year-on-year.

New registrations in the European car industry totalled 1,250,281 in November 2017, up +5.2% compared with the same month in 2016. The most significant increases in volume were recorded in France, Spain and Germany, along with mid-sized markets including the Netherlands and Austria, hence, off-setting a decline in the UK market (-11.2%). “Despite a turbulent 2017 for the industry as a whole, which has faced threats from the diesel crisis, new emissions targets and Brexit, results for the first eleven months of the year show an overall increase in registrations of 3.8%, with 14.43 million units registered over the period”, says a report released by motoring intelligence specialist Jato Dynamics.

Growth is said to have been driven by the ever-increasing demand for SUVs; +21.6% to almost 400,000 units. The category now makes up 31.9% of the market, an increase of 4.3% from a market share of 27.6% during the same period in 2016, according to Jato. The SUV segment was bolstered by increased demand for small (B-SUV), compact (C-SUV) and midsize (D-SUV) SUVs, which increased volumes by 25.5%, 16.6% and 41% respectively.

Conference facts at a glance:

Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 (day before the Automotive Interior Show)

Time: Afternoon, half-day

Venue: Steigenberger Graf Zepplin Hotel, Stuttgart, Germany

Delegate Price: £350/€390/US$435, plus any applicable taxes and fees*

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