The Leather Forum will take place during the afternoon of August 30, 2016 to discuss and debate “The Tannery of the Future” and the organisers are pleased to announce that Egbert Dikkers will join the panel alongside, LeatherNaturally! campaign co-ordinator, Mike Redwood.

Egbert Dikkers, Leader of Innovation & Sustainability at Smit & zoon, will be one of the key panellists during the event. Dikkers has over 20 years’ experience in the leather industry and will present the “Tannery of the future” self-assessment tool ( It is free of charge, online and easily accessible for tanneries. It acts as an awareness tool, and an easy introduction to sustainable issues that are relevant for leather makers around the world as the industry pushes towards lowering its environmental impact globally.

Created by Egbert Dikkers together with the business network CSR Netherlands, independent leather expert Hans Both, and Antoinette Gast from fair-trade leather importer Tuyu, the tool aims to provide an initial indication of the areas in which tanneries can become more sustainable, and provides quick references to sources for more in-depth information and guidance. For leather buyers, it provides insights in leather related sustainability interests.

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).

The organisers are also pleased to announce that 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 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.

The panels will be moderated, and will also include an opportunity for audience participation with Q&A sessions. There will be a 30-minute coffee break during the afternoon providing participants with a networking opportunity.

Further announcements on the speakers and topics will be presented on the ILM, APLF and ACLE websites in the coming weeks.

For further information and delegate fees visit: and to register to attend: