The Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017 is lead sponsored by Stahl, Smit & zoon and TFL, and is supported by Lonza and theSauerReport. The half-day conference will be held on Thursday, November 16 at One Great George St., Westminster, central London and is jointly organised by BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd (BLC) and International Leather Maker (ILM).

Smit & zoon’s product passport

Smit & zoon, a Netherlands based global supplier of leather chemicals, recently launched its Product Passport: An easy-to-use overview of the effect leather chemicals have on both leather and the environment. Based on this information, tanneries are able to choose their chemicals more wisely, resulting in high quality leather with minimal environmental impact.

By offering this new level of transparency, Smit & zoon wants to set an example and play a leading role in initiating and boosting CSR throughout the leather value chain. By collaborating and joining forces with other players in the leather value chain, Smit & zoon wants to make the leather industry fit for the future.

Pim Wilgenburg’s career in the leather industry began in 1999, after completing his study in chemistry, when he started working as a chemist for the family-owned business Smit & zoon. Two years later, Pim completed a leather course at the Gerberschule Reutlingen in Germany and for four years, he was a leather technician supporting Smit & zoon’s customers and agents.

In early 2005, Wilgenburg took on the role of Product Manager responsible for Smit & zoon’s wet-end product portfolio. Ten years later, following successful completion of studies at Nyenrode Business University, Pim shifted his career once again. This time towards the future development of Smit & zoon as Strategy & New Business Developer. Both strategy and future businesses of the company are strongly entwined within the topic of Corporate Social Responsibility. He is therefore also a member of the Smit & zoon CSR board, a workgroup that coordinates all CSR activities of the company.

To view the whole speaker programme and panel topic click here

Delegate prices

The cost of the conference will be £310 + VAT (or €360) per delegate and will be invoiced at the time of registration.

Discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company:

  • 5% discount for the second delegate registered
  • 10% discount for the third delegate and any subsequent delegates registered

An administration fee will be applied to all credit card payments. Payment must be received prior to the date of the conference otherwise attendance may be refused.

 Register Your Place Today

Don’t miss out on this leading leather sustainability conference. Register your attendance today by completing the registration form and returning it to Deborah Taylor at: