Moderated by Adam Hughes, Commercial Director, BLC Leather Technology Centre, the conference will include presentations that concentrate on the lifecycle of products, with sustainability and innovation being key themes.

The four key speakers for the Supply Chain Panel have been confirmed as follows:

–      Austin Davidsen, Senior Manager, Footwear Materials – Leather, Adidas Group. Davidsen specialises in leather sourcing, specifically in footwear materials for Adidas Group, as well as being an Executive Committee Member of the Leather Working Group (LWG).

–      Hans van Haarst, CEO, Smit & Zoon BV. Van Haarst has worked for the past 30 years in the process industry with ExxonMobil, Accenture and AkzoNobel. He lived and worked in the U.S., India, China and several European countries.

 –      Frank Michel, Executive Director, The ZDHC Foundation. Since August 2015, he has led the ZDHC Foundation as Executive Director, bringing with him more than twenty years’ leadership experience in establishing and growing multi-stakeholder initiatives.

 –      Hugues Pichon, Project Director, Louis Vuitton Malletier. World leader in luxury, LVMH has made sustainable development a strategic priority since its creation. Today, this commitment establishes a clear position regarding the issue of the ethical responsibility of businesses in general.

 Other key presentations during the conference include ‘Walking the Talk: How the leather chemicals industry is taking action on transparency’ by Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl; ‘DNA Labelling, an opportunity for leather supply chain transparency’ by James Hayward, Chairman & CEO, Applied DNA Sciences; and ‘Update of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) for Leather’ by Dietrich Tegtmeyer, Vice President, Lanxess.

Jointly organised by the BLC Leather Technology Centre and APLF Ltd, the conference will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 12pm to 5.30pm. Please click here to find out more about the agenda of the conference, the speakers’ profiles, or register to attend.

Sponsors of the 2017 conference include Stahl (platinum), Lanxess (Gold), and Micro-Pak (Bronze). ILM is the official media sponsor.