Following a meeting in Hong Kong during the APLF, the Committee awarded Dresden the congress in a close vote with an Italian city also looking to host the next congress in Europe in 2019.

The XXXIII IULTCS congress is due to take place in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, November 24-27, 2015 and the 2017 congress will take place in India. The IULTCS congress is the leading industry forum for presenting scientific research and technical data in the leather industry.