Chromium-free leather is notoriously difficult to dry, while maintaining a consistent leather quality. Temperature, humidity, airflow and strain controls are constantly adjusted for consistency, allowing repeatability of the drying operation, and make the drying conditions independent from the outside air conditions. High consistency of chromium-free material is possible due to the quality and process control capability of the CRC, leading to increased cutting yield and predictability. The grain surface is more open in structure, natural textured, allowing increased quality of finish adhesion and the production of semi-aniline upholstery leathers. More details about this innovative technology will be presented during the conference in Stuttgart with supporting data.

Giulio Tandura, Managing Director, Fratelli Carlessi, will present “CRC: chromium-free drying developments” during the half-half event, which will host a wide range of speakers and topics from across the automotive leather supply chain.

Network with other members of the auto leather supply chain

The half-day (afternoon) conference will take place at the five-star, Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin luxury hotel in the centre of the city on Monday, June 4 (12-5.30pm). The reason for this date and this location is to ally the conference with the Automotive Interiors Show which is taking place in the city in the same week, June 5-8 at the Stuttgart Messe. The idea is to allow attendees of the ILM conference an opportunity to visit the interiors show also on the same trip and maximise time away from the office or factory.

Speakers will include representatives from the whole automotive leather supply chain including leading tanners, tier suppliers and OEMs. There will also be opportunities for networking.

The conference is aimed at anyone connected with the global automotive leather supply chain from hide/skin suppliers, chemicals and machinery suppliers, research and academic institutes, traders, tanners, tier-1 suppliers and automotive OEMs.

All presentations will be in English. The conference is lead sponsored by global leather chemical makers, Stahl, Zschimmer & Schwarz and Lectra. It is also sponsored by JBS Couros and Erretre, supported by Zünd and the raw materials pricing and analysis website,

Announcements on further speakers and topics will be announced on this website in the coming weeks.

To register to attend this event or for more information click here or email Maria Wallace, +44 (0)203 735 6537.