Baccini had led the association for over 40 years before stepping down from his role in September last year. He was a figure head of the industry and, among many key accomplishments, he oversaw the successful move of Simac Tanning Tech from Bologna to Milan in 2015, which led to the significant growth of the trade show and its status as key platform for technological innovation for the leather and leather products manufacturing industries.

“It is a huge loss for Assomac”, said Gabriella Marchioni Bocca, President of Assomac, in a statement. “We have not only lost an iconic former Director of the Association, but above all, a great friend, who has always been by our side. It is our heartfelt regret that due to the current coronavirus outbreak, we are unable to attend the funeral. However, he will always stay in our hearts”.