Each of the panellists will provide some short opening remarks of how they see the future not only for the way tanneries in the future may look and what processes we may see by the year 2030, but also how “leather” can adapt to meet competition from other materials in a rapidly changing retail landscape. How does a material such as leather adapt to Industry 4.0 and automated production processes, while also retaining a strong link with human craftsmanship? How can the leather industry persuade younger generations to use and love leather in a digital world? Can it fit into the ever expanding world of e-commerce, where the physical touch, smell and feel of the final products are not possible?

Some of these key points and more will addressed by the panel. Audience interaction with the panellists will also be welcomed during the conference.

Confirmed panellists:

Sylvain Bussiere, Vice-President, Wolverine Leathers.

With 30 years of experience in the global leather industry, Sylvain spent 15 years in France  working for the high-end tanner, Tannerie  d’Annonay. This was followed with nine years  managing a tannery for the ECCO group in  Indonesia. For the past six years he has been  managing the tannery division for global brand, Wolverine  Worldwide.

 Dennis Thams, Consultant, TehChang Leather Group.

Dennis Thams has been a member of the leather industry for over 50 years. Firstly, involved in the Australian leather industry as CEO of the leading fashion tanner – Austanners. In the 2000s, he was CEO of Shanghai Richina Leathers and Maydiang before consulting to TehChang leather group for the past 10 years. His main focus has been on fashion, leather technology, and searching for ecological solutions in leather manufacture.

Lilli Sauer, Managing Director, INCOTEC.

As a textile engineer and MBE, Lilli Sauer started her career in the German enterprise Aunde Group – an international systems supplier to the automotive interior market. After 15 years, she started her own company – Lilli Sauer Consulting. She started working with her brother in the family business in March 2016 as Managing Director and partner. Incotec is a digital company providing hardware, software and engineering applications for tannery automation, which has been established since 1986. The company is focussing on three aligned business areas: TanWare, TrueQ and Individual Solutions.

Egbert Dikkers, Chairperson – Steering Committee, Leather Naturally.

Egbert Dikkers is also Director Sustainability, Smit & zoon. Egbert has been working in the leather industry at Smit & zoon for 25+ years. Egbert was one of the founding people establishing the ‘Tannery of the future’ and is currently a board member. He is also a member of the Steering Committee acting as Chair of Leather Naturally.

Register today to book your place.

The half-day conference, which takes place the day before the start of the 20th edition of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE). There will also networking opportunity for delegates to meet new and existing contacts in the leather supply chain.

When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Timing: 12-5.05pm. Registration & coffee 12-1.00pm. Conference includes a 30-minute coffee and networking break.

Venue: Jumeirah Himalayas 5-star hotel, Pudong, Shanghai.

For multiple delegate bookings

Please contact maria@internationalleathermaker.com or call +44 (0)203 735 6537. Delegate bookings and payments via PayPal can be made by clicking here.

*Prices advertised exclude a 3.5% booking fee. UK and EU delegates maybe subject to VAT. Delegate fees for those arriving on the day will be cash or card payments only and higher fees will be charged than registering in advance.

The conference is lead sponsored by Lectra and Smit & zoon. The refreshment sponsor is Zschimmer & Schwarz and it is supported by TehChang Leather Products, Incotec and theSauerReport.com.