Smit & zoon CEO to outline “The future of leather”

China
Published:  03 July, 2018
Hans van Haarst

Leather chemical maker, Smit & zoon, plays an active role in making the leather value chain sustainable. As a 7th generation family-owned business, the Company has a long-term focus and continuously acts with future generations in mind. Leather processing products are its core business and Smit & zoon is determined to ensure their continuity.

Hans van Haarst, CEO, Smit & zoon, will outline his vision on the future of leather from a leather processing products manufacturer’s point of view during the upcoming Tannery 2030 conference in Shanghai on August 28.

International Leather Maker (ILM) is organising the half-day conference titled “Tannery 2030” in Shanghai, the day before the start of the 20th edition of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE). The afternoon conference will take place at the Jumeirah Himalayas 5-star luxury hotel, located next to the Shanghai New International Conference and Exhibition Center (SNIEC), where the ACLE will be held.

Smit & zoon strongly believes that transparency, innovation, education and collaboration throughout the leather value chain are very important principles for this. A paradigm shift is needed in how the industry deals with the pressures and challenges it is confronted with. Hans will be joined by other keynote presenters

About Hans van Haarst
Hans van Haarst is Smit & zoon’s CEO since 2013. Before that, he already was a member of the Company’s Supervisory Board since 2010. Van Haarst has worked for the past 30 years in the process industry with ExxonMobil, Accenture and AkzoNobel in various international business management roles. A Chemical Engineer by education, Van Haarst has worked in general management for the past 15 years.

Find out more

To find out more about the provisional speaker line-up and topics please click here. Links to sign up as a delegate can also be found on this link. ILM will announce additional speakers and topics in the coming weeks on the website.

The “Tannery 2030” conference is lead sponsored by Lectra and Smit & zoon. It is supported by Taiwan based tanner Tehchang and the refreshment sponsor is Zschimmer & Schwarz.