Austin Davidsen, Senior Manager – Leather Sourcing, adidas Group will join the panel which will take place the day before the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE).

The adidas Group has identified SPEED to market as a key strategy for the future. They seek to reduce production lead times and look to partners at Tier-1 and Tier-2 levels, which includes tanners, to work proactively and cooperatively to minimise the time between order placement and ex-tannery date.

“We also expect our partner tanneries will operate to world class environmental standards, and implement controls that minimise energy use, water consumption, and waste discharge. We are very focused on automation to the extent it is meaningful in leather – through auto-cutting, material handling, and leather making”, explains Austin Davidsen.

He will expand on these topics and debate the tannery of the future with a panel of other leading industry experts covering the leather supply chain.

Confirmed panellists:

  • Mike Redwood: Co-ordinator of LeatherNaturally!
  • Austin Davidsen: Senior Manager – Leather Sourcing – adidas Group
  • Jon Clark: CEO, PrimeAsia
  • Thorsten Lahnstein: Senior Director China & Korea, GST AutoLeather
  • Mike Larson: VP of Hide and Tannery sales, Tyson.
  • Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer: VP Innovation and Leather Industry Relations, LANXESS. 
  • Egbert Dikkers: Representing

Tannery of the Future – Leather Forum

Following on from the successful event held during the APLF in Hong Kong in March under the LeatherNaturally! umbrella, International Leather Maker (ILM) has teamed up with APLF Ltd, co-organisers of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) 2016, to host a high-profile “Tannery of the Future” Leather Forum which will take place on Tuesday, August 30 2016 (1.30 – 4.30pm), the day before the start of ACLE, at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC).

Global leather chemical maker, LANXESS will be the lead sponsor of the event, which will feature some short presentations and two panel sessions covering different elements of the leather supply chain. The event is also sponsored by leather chemical makers, Zschimmer & Schwarz and supported by

It is open to anyone connected with the leather supply chain including raw materials suppliers, chemicals and machinery, technical bodies and associations, tanners, brands and retailers.

Time is running out to book early and save 50%

Further announcements on the speakers and topics will be presented on the ILM, APLF and ACLE websites in the coming weeks. Delegates can save 50% (US$50) of the delegate fee by registering online to attend by August 5, 2016. The full price will be charged after this point and space is limited. Prices rise to US$100 after this date.

For further information on the panel and delegate fees visit: and to register to attend: