With the conference programme complete the event will cover a wide range of hot topics affecting the global automotive leather supply chain. The conference will be the platform to listen to the latest ways leather can be used inside car interiors with digital touch technology, mixing the connected interior with a natural material. Leading tanners from Europe and Brazil will also showcase the latest ways that leather can be produced with a lower carbon footprint and using fewer resources and chemicals, making the most out of a natural by-product from another industry. This is a must attend event for any OEM and tier-1 supplier looking to source the most innovative and sustainable leather as well as any company looking to grow in one of the industry’s most dynamic sectors.

  • Fernando Bellese, Marketing & Sustainability Manager, JBS Couros; “Kind Leather – A New Approach to Leather Processing”.
  • Andreas Kindermann, CEO, Wollsdorf Leather; “Leather Innovations from Wollsdorf – Smart Leather”.
  • Dr Haiko Schulz, Managing Director, Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen gGmbH (FILK); “The Smell of Leather – Between Theory and Reality”.
  • Benny Daniel, Vice-President – Consulting, Mobility Europe, Frost & Sullivan; “The future of a digitalised and automated automotive world and impact on vehicle interiors”.
  • Dr Warren Bowden, Managing Director of SLGT Operations, SLG Technology; “Sustainable manufacturing”.
  • Luigi De Luca, Sales Manager, GER Elettronica; “Colorimetry applied to the tanning industry”.
  • Inge Flowers, Director, Authenticae; “Trends & opportunities in evolving consumer tastes”.
  • Discussion Panel, “Leather interiors in the vehicles of the future”. Confirmed panellists: James Lang, Director, Scottish Leather Group; Fernando Bellese Marketing & Sustainability Manager, JBS Couros. (Further panelists TBC).

Conference details:

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
Time: Half-day (afternoon). Registration/coffee: 12-12.50pm, conference 12.50pm – 5.15pm (includes a 30-minute coffee break/networking session).
Venue: Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany
Delegate prices: £355/€395/US$445, plus any applicable taxes and fees*

Delegate bookings and payments via PayPal can be made by clicking here.

*Prices advertised exclude a 3.5% booking fee. UK and EU delegates may be subject to VAT.

Delegates who register to attend the conference are also entitled to a 10% discount off the recently published in-depth report “Automotive Leather – a modern and sustainable industry”. For more information please click here, or to purchase contact Maria Wallace: maria@edifydigitalmedia.com.

All presentations will be in English only. The conference is organised by International Leather Maker (ILM) and is sponsored by TFL, Zschimmer & Schwarz and JBS Couros. GER Elettronica and theSauerReport are the event supporters. Click here to see the confirmed speaker programme.