His presentation, titled; “Wollsdorf – Sustainability and new automotive trends”, will give an overview about the latest achievements in sustainability at Wollsdorf and focus on a special project that the company has been working on related to water savings during processing. Wollsdorf has been the first tannery to achieve a zero CO2 balance at its Austrian tannery and is continuously striving to reduce the water consumption using revolutionary new technology.

In addition, Kindermann will further outline three key future trends in the automotive Industry and give will examples how they will change requirements and expectations about car leathers in the future.

Headquartered in Austria, with operations around the world, Wollsdorf Leder have up to 160 leather manufacturing processes transforming delicate rawhides into durable finished leather for the automotive, aviation, interior design, rail, marine and other specialist markets. They mix high-tech manufacturing processes with traditional craftsmanship and decades of experience making leathers in various colours with exceptional haptics and the best workmanship for an exceptionally long material life cycle.

The ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Europe conference takes place at the elegant 5-star, Le Meurice hotel in central Paris’s rue du Rivoli. The half-day conference takes place on Monday, October 17 (afternoon) and features leading companies and speakers representing the entire automotive leather supply chain. Presentations will be in English only.

Confirmed programme speakers to date: 

  • Henning Gathmann, Material Development, Leather – Audi AG
  • Florian Schrey, Vice-President of Global Design – GST Seton AutoLeather
  • Valerio Garcia, GTS Leather Team Leader – Faurecia
  • Andreas Kindermann, CEO – Wollsdorf Leder
  • Dr Jens Fennen, R&D Director – TFL Ledertechnik
  • Roy Shurling, Global Business Developer, Automotive Leather – Lectra
  • Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability – Stahl

The conference is organised by ILM and is lead sponsored by Stahl, Lectra and TFL. Major global leather makers, JBS Couros are also sponsors and it is in association theSauerReport.com.

There will be a coffee and networking break during the conference to allow delegates to meet colleagues or make new contacts in what is the leather industry’s most dynamic and fast moving market segment.

The conference has been deliberately organised to coincide with the end of the Paris International Motor show which closes in the French capital the day before. The date also offers delegates the opportunity to spend the weekend in Paris prior to the conference.

Click here to read more about the event and for Early Bird online registration to attend. Delegate prices will be higher closer to the event date.