ILM Automotive leather conference in Munich

Published:  15 February, 2019

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The ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Conference Europe is now in its fourth year and will bring together speakers and delegates from throughout the supply chain in Europe, one of the largest automotive markets in the world.

In 2019, the half-day event will be hosted at the five-star Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich on Tuesday, May 21 (12-5.30pm).

ILM will announce more speakers representing the whole automotive leather supply chain leading with OEMs in the coming weeks. ILM has chosen Germany once again as it is at the centre of the European automotive industry and Munich is a city which is easy to get to as well as being the home of leading automotive company BMW.

Confirmed speakers and topics:

  • James Lang, Director, Scottish Leather Group and Spokesperson for One4Leather. Introducing One4Leather (title TBC).
  • Fernando Bellese, Marketing & Sustainability Manager, JBS Couros, "Kind Leather - A New Approach to Leather Processing."
  • Andreas Kindermann, CEO, Wollsdorf Leather. Leather Innovations from Wollsdorf Leather (title TBC).
  • Dr Haiko Schulz, Managing Director, Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen gGmbH (FILK). "The Smell of Leather - Between Theory and Reality".
  • Benny Daniel, Vice-President - Consulting, Mobility Europe, Frost & Sullivan. (title TBC)

It is our intention to focus on important industry trends such as:

  • Sustainable leather production and new low carbon footprint leathers and manufacturing.
  • Automotive industry concerns over child and forced labour in the leather industry, and what is being done to safeguard the supply chain from this issue.
  • The latest technological innovations in automotive leather (lightweight, low VOC, more natural yet technical performing leathers, leather dashboard controls and innovative heated/cooling seats).
  • Chemical management and emissions control (VOCs).
  • The role of leather in hybrid and electric cars – a designer’s view of the future. The interior of the future will be become more important in shared or personalised vehicles.
  • How will designers view leather and cars of the future (shared cars / autonomous driving).
  • The threats to leather from NGOs and animal welfare concerns. What the auto leather industry is doing to combat the threats and reach out to consumers.
  • Traceability and the ethical sourcing of raw materials for automotive leather.
  • Avoiding conflict with indigenous peoples, corrupt regimes and deforestation.
  • The impact of consumer trends and how to ensure the future of leather in cars.
  • New chemical and mechanical technologies in leather making and the impact of Industry 4.0.

All presentations will be in English only.

Further updates on the conference programme will be announced in the coming weeks.

Conference facts at a glance:

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Time: Afternoon, half-day. Registration/coffee: 12-12.50pm, conference 12.50pm - 5.15pm (includes a 30 minute coffee break/networking session). 

Venue: Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Delegate Price: £355/€395/US$445, plus any applicable taxes and fees*

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