2016 Leather Forum - The Tannery of the Future

TOTF - Shanghai - August 30 2016

What will the tannery of the future look like?

International Leather Maker has teamed up with APLF Ltd co-organisers of the All China Leather Exhibition 2016 (ACLE) in Shanghai, August 31 – September 2, to host a high-profile forum during the afternoon of August 30 to discuss and debate “The Tannery of the Future”.

The forum will feature several high profile panelists and presenters from throughout the leather supply chain to provide their vision of the tannery of the future.

Following on from the successful event held during the APLF
 in Hong Kong last March, this year’s forum is in association with the leather industry promotional campaign LeatherNaturally! and supported by the leading hides and skins pricing website, theSauerReport The two-hour discussion & debate will feature some short presentations and two panel sessions covering several different aspects of the leather supply chain

The panels will be moderated by Martin Ricker, Content Director of ILM and theSauerReport and will also include an opportunity for audience participation with a Q&A session at the end. There will also be a 30 minute coffee break during the afternoon providing participants with a networking opportunity.

Topics include:

  • Raw materials – where and how hides/skins will be supplied to tanners in new ways
  • How tanners will adapt to shorter lead times and changing retail and fashion trends
  • Chemical management – leather chemicals of the future
  • The changing demands of retail (online). What brands and retailers will want from their leather suppliers in the future
  • Machinery and automation – will we see greater automation and completely new technologies in the tannery of the future?
  • How can leather makers remain competitive and yet, reduce their impact on the environment. How will the tanner of the future reduce their environmental load?

Target audience:

Anyone connected with the leather supply chain including raw materials suppliers, chemicals and machinery, technical bodies and associations, tanners, brands and retailers.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Mike Redwood: Co-ordinator of LeatherNaturally!
  • Austin Davidsen: Senior Manager - Leather Sourcing - adidas Group
  • Jon Clark: CEO, PrimeAsia
  • Thorsten Lahnstein: Senior Director China & Korea, GST AutoLeather
  • Mike Larson: VP of Hide and Tannery sales, Tyson.
  • Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer: VP Innovation and Leather Industry Relations, LANXESS. 
  • Egbert Dikkers: Representing www.tanneryofthefuture.org

Further Information

When: Tuesday, August 30 2016  (the day before the start of ACLE)

Where: Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC)

Registration: 13.30-14.00

Forum: 14.00-16.30 (with 30 minute coffee break)

Delegate cost: The cost per delegate in advance is US$100. Click here to register now

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