Tannery 2030 Conference

Published:  14 June, 2018

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International Leather Maker (ILM) is pleased to announce that it is organising a half-day conference titled: “Tannery 2030” in the Chinese city of Shanghai on the day before the start of the 20th edition of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE). The half-day (afternoon) conference will take place at the Jumeirah Himalayas 5-star, luxury hotel next to the Shanghai New International Conference and Exhibition Center (SNIEC) which will host the ACLE.

Where will leather fit in the future supply chain?

"It is not clear where leather fits into the future here” said David Shah as he spoke about future trends at the APLF Show in Hong Kong in March 2017. With aged High St retailers and brands closing down while Nike continues its growth towards an annual turnover of US$50 billion, it is clear he has a point.” A quote from the Redwood Column written by Mike Redwood published by ILM. How will leather fit into a world of e-commerce, industry 4.0 and the greater levels of scrutiny than ever from NGO’s and consumers via the mainstream and social media platforms. Does leather have a strong future and what will the tannery look like in the year 2030?

“I see it - I want it”

The modern consumer lives in the instance; when something is seen it is bought. That is the thinking that drives Amazon, JD, Alibaba etc to same day delivery and with logistics, psychology and all manner of science to try and guess what we will want to buy next. It is called “anticipatory shipping” and Amazon already have a patent for it.

The Zara (Inditex) approach outsmarted the seasonal system with much faster turnaround than was possible from competitors working on a model that involves buying in bulk from the other side of the world, with all the issues of lost time in development and prototyping plus the discounting losses from making forecasts far ahead of time. Moving beyond that to selling direct from the catwalk appears to be splitting the fashion world as many companies cannot finance the inventory involved.

Yet, industry does have to find ways of meeting the “I see it; I want it” consumer expectation. Knitted footwear from Adidas and Amazon’s recent patent application for an on-demand apparel-manufacturing system are indicative of serious attempts to offer consumers what they want. But what about leather? What about how leather will be made in the future, how it will be sold and how will the consumer in 2030 love leather the way previous generations have? These topics and more will be featured during the “Tannery 2030” conference with a strong focus on e-commerce, transparency, new chemical and mechanical leather processing technology and innovation.

Provisional speaker line-up and topics
  • Tannery of the Future, Egbert Dikkers, Smit &zoon, an update on Tannery of the Future
  • ISA Tan Tec, Tom Schneider, CEO – LITE Leather after 15 years – what about the next 15?
  • Lanxess – Tannery 4.0 – the future has just begun, Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer
  • Lectra, speaker and topic TBC
  • Smit & Zoon, Hans van Haarst, CEO, Smit & Zoon – Title TBC

More speakers and topics will be announced on the ILM website in the coming weeks.

When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Timing: 12-5.30pm. Registration & coffee 12-12.50pm. Conference includes a 30-minute coffee and networking break.

Venue: Jumeirah Himalayas hotel, Pudong, Shanghai.

For sponsorship opportunities or for multiple delegate bookings please contact: maria@internationalleathermaker.com or call +44 (0)203 735 6537.

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