Following opening remarks from the congress organisers, including ICT and TILA President, Richard Pai, a record number of over 700 delegates  listened to a variety presentations looking at the current leather industry and where it is heading in the future covering many topics such as raw materials, chemical management, future consumer trends, marketing and facing up to the threats facing the industry. The one-day congress boosts an impressive line-up of speakers with key presenters from global brands and retailers such as VF Corp, and Belle who gave a customer’s viewpoint on the market and where leather fits.

In his opening congress presentation, Luca Boltri, Vice Director and Head of the Economic Department, UNIC (Italian Tanners’ Association) said there were several key issues facing the leather industry in the future are declining raw material quality, chemical transparency, value leather against synthetics, leather segmentation and sustainability. 

The 3rd Congress is co-organised by Taiwanese International Leather Association (TILA), which, through Richard Pai, currently holds the Presidency of International Council of Tanners (ICT), and by China Leather Industry Association (CLIA). Members of ICT are tanneries representing 37 Countries from Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

The event is addressing the profound changes that will be taking place throughout the leather supply chain over the next 20 years, and focusing on how the industry should be responding.