The webinar ‘How can leather businesses transform themselves, repositioning the industry to minimise risks in the new market reality’ is a panel discussion featuring four high-profile speakers representing different industry associations and insights from across the world. Panelists include Luca Boltri, Vice Director of the Italian Tanners’ Association, UNIC, who will provide an overview of the status quo in Italy and the impact the pandemic has had on the local leather sector and future market outlook, and ILM columnist and blogger, Mike Redwood who will give a holistic view of the effect the pandemic will have had on global supply chains, wider consumer trends and how businesses can adapt to the challenges ahead.

About the panellists:

Luca Boltri

Luca Boltri is Vice Director of the Italian Tanners’ Association, UNIC, which officially represents the Italian tanning industry and promotes its interests on national and international level. He has wide-reaching responsibilities across a number of UNIC departments, including business strategy, economic analysis, international relationships, social dialogue, sustainability, legal affairs and industrial policy.

Mike Redwood

Mike Redwood is a highly respected industry commentator and analyst who has been in the leather trade for over fifty years. He started as a technician but has also held a number of posts in general management and marketing. For the last decade he has helped with the establishment of Leather Naturally as a promotional arm for the industry and was its lead spokesperson for most of those years. He is still involved in a variety of projects and is also a contributor to ILM with regular thought leadership columns and blogs.

Who should watch this webinar?
This webinar is aimed at the whole leather supply chain from meat processors and hide/skin/leather traders, to leather manufacturers and leather using brands, retailers and OEMs.

Webinar speaker programme:
• Luca Boltri, Vice Director of the Italian Tanners’ Association, UNIC
• Aqeel Ahmed, Chairman of the India Council for Leather Exports (CLE)
• Robert Perkins, Chairman of the British Footwear Association (BFA)
• Mike Redwood, industry commentator and consultant
• Isabella Griffiths, Editor, ILM, Moderator

To register for the free-to-attend webinar (subject to approval), please click here.