Webinar - Understanding the raw materials market for leather

Published:  11 January, 2019



When: Date to be announced soon

Duration: 40-45 minutes

Cost: Free to attend (participation subject to approval and spaces are limited)

How do I register? A registration link will be made available here soon.




Understanding the raw materials market

ILM and theSauerReport will soon be hosting the next in a series of its free-to-attend leather
industry webinars where registered delegates can listen and watch from the comfort of their own
offices experts discussing the latest trends and industry information related to raw materials
(hides/skins) for the global leather industry.

ILM and theSauerReport is proposing a 40-45-minute long webinar which will be viewed by up to
500 pre-registered delegates. There will be a short introduction by Content Director, Martin
Ricker followed by three 10-12 minute presentations on subjects related to the core theme. After
the presentations, there will be a short Q&A session followed by brief conclusions.

The webinar will take place at a time of day to maximise the largest international audience from
around the world.

Webinar programme

  • Introduction: Martin Ricker, Content Director, theSauerReport.
  • Martin Ricker, Content Director, theSauerReport.Understanding the raw materials market for the leather industry (10 mins).
  • Stephen Sothmann, President, U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) – (10-12 mins). “Understanding Your Leather Supply Chain: U.S. Hides, Skins and Meat Industry Introduction”
  • Robert Hein, Director, Global Leather Intelligence. (10-12 mins) (Presentation topic TBC)
  • Questions and wrap-up – Moderated by Martin Ricker, Content Director, ILM/theSauerReport (5 mins).

Subjects covered in the webinar will include

  • The current market situation (prices and trends)
  • Traceability in hide/skin sourcing
  • International trade (U.S./China trade update)
  • Ensuring high animal welfare standards
  • Meeting high quality standards – hide/skin improvement programmes
  • Sourcing tanned materials (such as wet-blue)
  • Myth busting some of the industry terminology
  • Ways to reduce the environmental impact of hide and skin sourcing


Registration will open soon.


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