Mergers of suppliers consolidate auto value chain

Published:  14 October, 2015

As a series of large-scale mergers and acquisitions of Tier suppliers take place, the global automotive industry gradually restructures its hierarchy. Rather than continuing with existing supply patterns, opportunities exist for vehicle manufacturers to review and streamline supply chain operations. 

Ground oak bark for tanning

One year and one day

Thomas Ware & Sons
Published:  17 August, 2015

Despite being established in 1840, English traditional pit tanner Thomas Ware & Sons has been largely unknown outside the United Kingdom until recently. From 380 pits it produces beautiful, crafted heavy leathers made in a traditional way from a tannery that has changed very little in 175 years. Martin Ricker reports. Article first published in ILM March-April 2015 edition.

Syed Nasim Manzur, Managing Director, Apex Footwear

Environmental theme to 118th SLTC conference

Conference review
Published:  17 August, 2015

Sustainable leather production, chrome VI legislation and an update on the tannery relocation to Savar in Bangladesh were a few of the topics presented at the 118th Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (SLTC) annual conference in Northampton on April 25. Article first published in ILM May-June 2015 edition.

Drums in the tannery

Conceria Priante alliance with JBS Couros

Interview - Luigi Priante
Published:  24 June, 2015

In February, Conceria Priante from Arzignano, Italy announced a strategic partnership with JBS Couros, the largest tanning group in the world based in Brazil. Priante will become JBS’s high-end leather division. ILM interviews Luigi Priante, Chief Executive, about the agreement. Article first published in ILM March-April 2015 edition. 


Superior strength of camel on show in Dubai

United Arab Emirates
Published:  05 May, 2015

Very few tanners located in the Gulf region process hides and skins beyond pickle or wet-blue. However, Leatherworld Middle East lead sponsors, Al Khaznah Tannery headquartered in Abu Dhabi is the largest tanner in the region making finished leather from local raw materials from a modern, international class tannery. 

The Leathermarket in London

ILM relocates to the London Leathermarket

United Kingdom
Published:  23 April, 2015

At the beginning of March, International Leather Maker relocated into new offices in the former Leathermarket and the Leather Exchange buildings of London Bridge in the heart of London. Martin Ricker reconnects the history of tanning in the area and its new function as a hotbed of creative digital media enterprises.

Dr Marc Stang

Leather is part of Bentley’s DNA

Interview -Dr Marc Stang
Published:  12 March, 2015

Martin Ricker interviews Dr Marc Stang, Technical Expert – Leather, Bentley Motors about the company and why it chooses to control its use of leather for its car interiors in-house. Article first published in ILM, November-December 2014 edition page 18.

Patricia Casey

Bringing tanners and scientists together

Interview - Patricia Casey, IULTCS President
Published:  31 December, 2014

Patricia Casey was elected as President of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) during the last international congress in Istanbul in 2013. ILM catches up with her to discuss the plans for the 33rd IULTCS congress set for Brazil in 2015.


Leather with a conscience

Business Information - Tärnsjö Garveri
Published:  10 December, 2014

Swedish vegetable leather and saddle maker Tärnsjö Garveri is using hides from organically reared cattle to produce leathers for global fashion retail giant H&M’s Conscious and Conscious Exclusive sustainable fashion ranges


Saving money on international payments & foreign exchange

By Foreign Exchange Specialists - Moneycorp
Published:  18 November, 2014

Any business that is accessing international markets for their leather, hides or splits will know there will always be another market to manage; the foreign exchange market. For example, an Italian business buying hides from the US will not only have to consider the market price of hides but also the market price of the dollar relative to the euro. Article first published in ILM September/October 2014 edition.


Closer co-operation required on training

Unido leather industry training programmes
Published:  16 October, 2014

Ivan Kral, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO. Where will future knowledge and skills come from in the leather industry? This question has been raised during a number of congresses, conferences, events, blogs and articles over the past couple of years. There are still many training and R&D institutes capable of providing training, however, in many cases, they are in a different location from the leather industry and manufacturing units. Perhaps the question should be rephrased: How will knowledge and skills reach trainees?

Ebba Maria Thunberg

Leather can be too perfect!

Volvo interior leather
Published:  07 October, 2014

Volvo is a well-known global automotive brand, famous  for making high quality cars and trucks with a strong focus on safety. ILM interviewed Ebba Maria Thunberg,  Design Director Colour and Material for Volvo’s car interior business, about the company’s use of leather

Jaguar XJR leather seat

Leather in the big cat

Jaguar cars and automotive leather
Published:  01 October, 2014

Siobhan Hughes, Colour & Materials Creative Specialist for the Jaguar Advanced Design Team tells ILM about the company’s use of leather across its range of luxury and sports cars.


New cutting operation in Croatia

Wollsdorf Leather
Published:  30 September, 2014

Wollsdorf Leather, one of the leading automotive and aircraft leather makers in Europe, has announced plans to expand and relocate its leather cutting operations in Europe as well as at its facility in Fuzhou, China.

Rino Mastrotto

Rino Mastrotto at the helm

ILM interview with Rino Mastrotto
Published:  25 September, 2014

Martin Ricker interviews Rino Mastrotto, one of the world’s best-known and successful tanners, following his election as President of the International Council of Tanners in Hong Kong earlier this year.

Philippe Pasquet, CEO, Première Vision

The next chapter for Cuir A Paris

Interview - Philippe Pasquet
Published:  31 August, 2014

Philippe Pasquet, CEO, Première Vision outlines his ideas for Cuir A Paris since it acquired the show from Conseil National du Cuir earlier this year.

Ian Walker with Matthew Abbott

Traditional tanning in the 21st century

Joseph Clayton & Sons
Published:  17 August, 2014

UK tanner Joseph Clayton & Sons has been a working tannery for 174 years. The company has had to endure and overcome many obstacles over the decades to cope with the ever-changing market. Under new leadership it is looking to promote its high-end, bespoke leathers for the 21st century.


Alfamex environmental management

Tanner profile
Published:  04 August, 2014

Alfamex, a tannery located in León, Guanajuato state in Mexico, was founded in 2007 by two business partners dedicated to producing full grain and suede cowhide for the local and a growing number of export markets. 

Fig 1. Argentina wet-blue splits

The Split Report

Split Market - January & February 2014
Published:  20 April, 2014

January and February traditionally represent a transitional stage for the split market as during this period global trends are cemented for the forthcoming season.


ILM Supply Chain Summit – New York

Business Information
Published:  20 April, 2014

Twenty-five invited executives from eight countries attended the  ILM Supply Chain Summit, which took place at the Soho Grand Hotel in Lower Manhattan in late February.


An example of vertical alignment

Business Information
Published:  19 April, 2014

Bob Moore, CEO, Bhartiya Fashion provides his personal perspective on how companies in India such as Bhartiya Fashion are vertically integrating the leather business from design through to leather product manufacture.

Steven D Lange

Technical support for tanners

ILM interview with Steven D Lange
Published:  19 April, 2014

ILM interview with Steven D Lange, the new Director of the Leather Industries of America, Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati.

Chemical storage

GSC - bigger than you think

Business Information
Published:  26 March, 2014

GSC Group is one of the largest leather chemical makers from Italy. It has expanded quickly in the past decade and many well-known company names and brands now form part of the Group. Martin Ricker visited its headquarters near Arzignano

Gruppo Mastrotto Express

Express delivery

Gruppo Mastrotto
Published:  13 March, 2014

Processing around 20,000 hides a day makes Gruppo Mastrotto one of the largest finished leather tanners in the world and the largest producer in Europe. In October, it opened its Gruppo Mastrotto Express – a bold attempt to satisfy customer expectations. Martin Ricker reports


The birth of the American Leather Chemists Association

United States
Published:  24 February, 2014

The birth of the ALCA (American Leather Chemists Association) was not a sudden phenomenon. A group of leather chemists met at the annual convention of the Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (AOAC) in 1893. 


Tata targets growth in footwear and leather

Published:  13 February, 2014

Tata International (TIL) from India has drawn up ambitious plans for the domestic footwear market in India as well as increasing its global presence.

Dr Mei Yu, Head of the Global R&D Centre for Leather Chemicals

Moving closer to market

Published:  05 November, 2013

As outlined in the ILM interview with Dr Alex Wartini, BASF have relocated their Global R&D Centre for Leather Chemicals from Germany to Shanghai as part of the restructuring of their global leather chemicals operations.

Dr Alex Wartini

New strategy for BASF

Interview - Dr Alex Wartini
Published:  28 October, 2013

In an exclusive interview with ILM, Dr Alex Wartini, Vice President, Global Business Management Leather Chemicals, BASF explains how the company has re-shaped its leather chemicals business and what future innovations we can expect to see. Martin Ricker asks the questions

App version of ILM for tablets and smartphones

Come and be part of the revolution

Introduction - International Leather Maker
Published:  21 August, 2013

International Leather Maker (ILM) is a new digital focused business information brand dedicated to the international tanning industry. ILM is the first truly multi-media experience in the industry, content is accessed via a range of modern delivery channels including a website, digital App magazine, weekly e-newsletter and social media. But don’t worry if you still love to read about the industry on paper, ILM magazine is also available in print. 


APLF - 30 years in the leather industry

APLF 2014 preview
Published:  21 August, 2013

The Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. As well as celebrating three decades of providing the leather industry with a platform to do business in Asia the show organisers