Dr Bowden will discuss the ongoing digital supply chain project with Jaguar Land Rover Circulor, and University of Nottingham. He will also cover the other important industry topics such as traceability, circularity, carbon footprints and modern types of tannage with a holistic theme around sustainability. His presentation is titled: “JLR partnership in world-first trial with blockchain technology for leather supply chain traceability.”

About the speaker

Dr Warren Bowden is a Chartered Environmentalist, Director of Sustainability and Innovation at the Scottish Leather Group. A Fellow of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists and inventor of the pioneering and patented thermal energy plant. Dr Bowden has spent the past 18 years of his 25-year career within the sector leading the sustainability agenda toward net-zero through circularising leather manufacturing. Additionally, Dr Bowden is a circular “ambassador” and Director of Leather UK.

Scottish Leather Group is the largest producer of leather in the UK, specialising in the sustainable manufacture of upholstery leathers, for automotive, aeronautical, mass transit and other leather goods markets. The group is based at the Bridge of Weir site, and markets products under the brands “Bridge of Weir” and “Muirhead”.

Further presentations

During the Automotive Leather Supply Chain Forum, Dr Bowden will be joined by presenters from other key automotive stakeholders and leather industry experts to speak on a variety of hot topics affecting the automotive leather sector today. The virtual event will take place over 2.5 hours and will include a virtual coffee break and feature a total of six presentations + live Q&A and panel discussions.

Topics will include:

  • Growth projections, opportunities, threats and key automotive trends affecting auto leather stakeholders
  • The use of traceability and blockchain in the leather supply chain and the benefits for OEMs
  • The use of new innovative low impact leather chemicals and chemicals from renewable carbon sources in modern automotive leather
  • Tackling deforestation and animal welfare in the automotive leather supply chain
  • How to make automotive leather more sustainable with a lower environmental footprint and end-of-life impact
  • How automotive leather performs versus other competing materials.

Following the presentations, the speakers will be invited to take part in a Q&A and discussion session with ILM Content Director Martin Ricker around the following question: What can be done to persuade car brands that leather is really the sustainable material of the future for next generation interiors? Attendee questions will also be addressed.

Purchase your ticket now

Hosted and moderated by ILM, the event is aimed at the entire automotive leather supply chain, including tanners, OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, raw materials, chemicals and equipment suppliers. Thanks to its digital format, the event will have global reach, connecting key industry players and providing invaluable perspectives and insights on the market

All presentations will be held in English only.

When is it and how can I attend?

Date: December 16, 2021

Time: 2:30pm CET (1:30pm GMT)

Delegate Price: €80, plus any applicable taxes and fees*

Delegate bookings and payments can be made by clicking here.

*UK and EU delegates may be subject to VAT.

For multiple delegate bookings, please contact: clare@edifydigitalmedia.com.

The ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain Digital Forum is co-sponsored by TFL, Zschimmer & Schwarz and Stahl. Keep an eye on the events section of the ILM website for other presentations and updates.