During the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference – Europe taking place in Paris on October 17, Schrey will outline a vision for 2025 and attempt to answer the question: “What value is leather adding to the cars?”

Look for “no waste” concepts and how leather can charge a person’s batteries. “Everybody came into this life to make this world a better place. We need unification in the leather supply chain and not separation in order to do this”, he explains.

His presentation will draw upon a cradle-to-cradle vision for leather in the car industry its environmental P&L. How massive savings can be made if we understand leather correctly.

Schrey borrows a quote from Pete Seeger; “If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.”

Where and when

The ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Europe conference takes place at the elegant 5-star, Le Meurice hotel in central Paris’s rue du Rivoli. The half-day conference takes place on Monday, October 17 (afternoon) and features leading companies and speakers representing the entire automotive leather supply chain. Presentations will be in English only.

Confirmed programme speakers to date:

  • Henning Gathmann, Material Development, Leather – Audi AG
  • Florian Schrey, Vice-President of Global Design – GST Seton AutoLeather
  • Valerio Garcia, GTS Leather Team Leader – Faurecia
  • Andreas Kindermann, CEO – Wollsdorf Leder
  • Dr Jens Fennen, R&D Director – TFL Ledertechnik
  • Roy Shurling, Global Business Developer, Automotive Leather – Lectra
  • Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability – Stahl

Organised by ILM, the conference is lead sponsored by Stahl, Lectra and TFL. Major global leather makers, JBS Couros, are also sponsors and it is in association theSauerReport.com.

There will be a coffee and networking break during the conference to allow delegates to meet colleagues or make new contacts in what is the leather industry’s most dynamic and fast moving market segment.

The conference has been deliberately organised to coincide with the end of the Paris International Motor show, which closes in the French capital the day before. The date also offers delegates the opportunity to spend the weekend in Paris prior to the conference.

Click here to read more about the event and for Early Bird online registration to attend. Delegate prices will be higher closer to the event date.