ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Conference in Stuttgart

Published:  16 January, 2020


***ILM Automotive Supply Chain Conference postponed to May 2021***

In light of the rapidly developing coronavirus situation and after careful consideration, ILM has taken the decision to postpone the Automotive Leather Supply Chain Conference.

The event was due to take place on May 12, 2020 at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
ILM regrets to have to reschedule the event, however, the ongoing health crisis throughout the world due to the coronavirus outbreak, particularly in Europe, and increasing travel restrictions, necessitates this step. The conference will now take place on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at the Porsche Museum. The aim is to have the same speakers and topics as originally scheduled for the May event. Further information will be announced via the ILM website and other media channels in due course.

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The price to attend the conference (per delegate) is £420 / €495 / $545. On the day of the conference the price to attend will increase.

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The next ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Conference will bring together leading names from the automotive leather supply chain in Europe, one of the largest and most dynamic automotive markets in the world. Now in its fifth year, the 2020 event builds on the success of previous editions and is aimed at tanners from across the automotive leather segment, OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers. High-profile experts representing the whole automotive leather supply chain will shine the spotlight on cutting edge innovations and technologies, design, market and consumer trends as well as latest environmental breakthroughs and sustainability developments.


The event will be held on November 10, 2020 at the prestigious Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany (11.30am to 6pm). This year the format of the conference has been expanded and will include a longer programme featuring a host of high-profile speakers, a buffet lunch and extended networking sessions, and will culminate in a ca. 90 to 120 minute complementary tour of the impressive Porsche Museum - widely considered an architectural masterpiece and one of the most spectacular car museums in the world - showcasing over 80 vehicles and giving delegates the opportunity to delve deeper into the history and philosophy of this iconic leather-using brand.


Confirmed speakers include Jo Lewis, Colour & Materials Design Manager from sportscar brand McLaren Automotive and Emanuel Martonca, Sales Manager at leather technology supplier Thagora, which works with some of the biggest names in the automotive and aerospace sectors. More details of the speaker line-up and delegate booking details will be announced over the coming weeks.


The day’s agenda is set to feature a diversity of topics and industry speakers, including: 

  • CASE (Connected, autonomous, shared, electric) and the new requirements on automotive interior design.
  • Lightweight seating and the demands on leather suppliers. 
  • The rise in SUVs and e-mobility and the threats and opportunities for operators in the automotive leather supply chain (e.g. rise of alternative leathers vs leather, strategies to combat competition from ‘vegan’ materials, focus shift away from interiors to functionality).
  • Sustainable leather production (low carbon footprint, traceability, environmental considerations, ethical sourcing).
  • Speed & innovation: The industry’s need to react and adapt to the changes in the fast paced automotive environment.
  • Smart leather and integrated functionality:
  • The latest technological innovations in automotive leather (e.g. technical performance leathers / leather dashboard / cockpit of the future / body function sensors / low VOC).
  • Leather & Luxury: Reclaiming leather’s position as market leading, premium material for the automotive sector from a design and marketing perspective.
  • Key trends in leather interior design (quilting, 3D, textured, perforated leathers, contrast stitching, seamless applications and more).


All presentations will be in English only.


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Conference facts at a glance:

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020


10.45 Registration will open

11.30 Welcome and conference presentations Part 1

13.00 Buffet lunch

13.45 Conference presentations Part 2

15.30 Conference ends/coffee break

16.00 Tour of Porsche Museum

17.30-18.00 End of event (the tour takes between 90-120 mins approx.)

Venue: Porsche Museum, Germany

Delegate Price: £420/€495/US$545, plus any applicable taxes and fees*

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*Prices advertised exclude a 3.5% booking fee. UK and EU delegates may be subject to VAT.


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Recommended accommodation: 

The following hotels are in walking distance to the Porsche Museum and offer easy access. Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation with the hotel directly.

B&B Hotels

Mercure Hotel Stuttgart Zuffenhausen


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