An important feature of the conference will be the Chromium VI discussion panel chaired by Reg Hankey, CEO, Pittards, and which will have Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, Lanxess; Emeritus Professor Tony Covington, ICLT, University of Northampton; John Hubbard, SATRA Technology and Dr Warren Bowden, Scottish Leather Group as the panellists. Members of the industry are encouraged to submit questions to be debated during the discussion. Email questions to for consideration.

Other presentations at the one-day conference include:

–      Proctor Memorial Lecture: From Sheep Yards to SNP Chips – the Changing face of rawstock research”, Dr Sue Cooper, New Zealand Leather & Shoe Research Association (LASRA).

–      The future of vegetable tanning, Nigel Dunning & Peter Atkinson, Forestal Mimosa.

–      Digital Printing onto leather, Dr Barry McGregor, Fujifilm

–      A sustainable future for the leather industry, Mike Tomkin, Stahl.

–      Water saving processing, Karl Flowers, ICLT, University of Northampton.

Following the conference there will be the SLTC Annual General Meeting, a cocktail reception and the annual dinner/dance at a nearby hotel in Northampton.

The SLTC was founded in 1897, when the first international conference of leather chemists was held in London and, subsequently, the International Association of Leather Trades Chemists (IALTC) was formed. The Society is the originator of the “Official Methods of Analysis”, in accordance with ISO and CEN guidelines, which are regularly updated with international approval and remain the methods used to settle disputes about specifications worldwide.