Titled ‘Natural olive-leaf tanning for sustainable automotive leather’, Dr Germann’s presentation will discuss the patented wet-green tanning system based on a purely aqueous olive leaf extract enables the production of high-quality leathers suitable for applications in all kinds of areas, especially for automotive and furniture but also for leather goods, watch straps and clothing.

Awarded the Cradle-to-Cradle gold certificate as well as a platinum for Material Health, the technology is an alternative to conventional chemical tanning agents such as chromium (III) salts, or organic synthetic reactive chemicals such as glutaraldehyde. Seeking to set new standards in sustainability, the production of Olivenleder (the olive-leaf-tanned leather), aims at respecting sustainability and environmental compatibility across the entire process chain by taking account of the most current findings.

A renowned industry scientific expert, Dr Germann studied Chemistry at the Technical University of Darmstadt/Germany, where he was awarded a doctoral degree at the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry (Dept. Protein & Leather) in 1986. He started his career in the field of research and education in leather technology at the German leather institute “Westdeutsche Gerberschule Reutlingen”, and was Director for 19 years. In 2011, he joined the predecessor company of Wet-Green GmbH, the invention partner of olive-leaf tannage who patented the novel technology. Within the management of Wet-green, Dr Germann is in charge of product development. He is a sworn expert in the field of leather industry and an internationally recognised leather scientist who delivered some of the most prestigious lectures in the field of leather technology, worldwide.

The half-day (afternoon) conference will take place at the 5-star Bayerischer Hof luxury hotel in the centre of the city. The conference will be held on Monday, May 22, in the hotel’s Königssaal room.

Speakers will include representatives from the whole automotive leather supply chain, including leading tanners, tier-1 suppliers and OEMs. There will also be opportunities for networking.

All presentations will be in English and the conference is lead sponsored by global leather chemical makers, Stahl and TFL.

The Hotel Bayerischer Hof is situated in the heart of the city on Promenadeplatz square; just a short walk from the opera house, the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and various museums.

For further updated information about the conference, speaker programme and topics, or to register delegate places online visit: www.internationalleathermaker.com/events