Sylvain Bussiere will present “Sustainable leather for a sustainable end consumer product”, during the half-day conference which will focus on what the leather supply chain may look like in the year 2030 and beyond.

“Sustainability is embedded in all changes and innovations taking place in the leather industry from raw material origins, process efficiency, the weight of leather in life cycle assessment of footwear. This is shaping the future tannery with water and energy conservation that will push the development and adoption of new processes via different equipment and technologies. A new direction that will decide where and when to trim the hide and skin which is not valuable or needed for the final consumer end product,” says Bussiere.

Wolverine Worldwide’s portfolio of highly recognised brands include: Merrell, Sperry, Hush Puppies, Saucony, Wolverine, Keds, Stride Rite, Chaco, Bates, HyTest and Soft Style. The U.S. headquartered company also is the global footwear licensee of the popular brands Cat Footwear and Harley-Davidson Footwear.

About Sylvain Bussiere

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 Wolverine Worldwide. He has a strong technical background and for the past 15 years has been located in Asia. Sylvain Bussiere has focussed on managing businesses for Wolverine with a continuous focus on product integrity, delivering value to the footwear supply chain and looking ahead towards future trends in the global tanning industry.

Confirmed “Tannery 2030” speakers and topics:

  • Leather Naturally, Egbert Dikkers, Chairman; An update on Leather Naturally.
  • ISA TanTec, Thomas Schneider, Executive Chairman; LITE Leather after 15 years – what about the next 15?
  • Lanxess – Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, Vice President, responsible for Global Crusting Development and Leather Industry Relations; Tannery 4.0 – An opportunity for the leather industry.
  • Lectra, speaker and topic TBC.
  • Smit & Zoon, Hans van Haarst, CEO; The future of leather.
  • Wolverine Leathers, Sylvain Bussiere, Vice-President; Sustainable leather for a sustainable end consumer product.

The final speakers and topics will be announced on the ILM website in the coming days.

When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Timing: 12-5.30pm. Registration & coffee 12-12.50pm. Conference includes a 30-minute coffee and networking break.

Venue: Jumeirah Himalayas hotel, Pudong, Shanghai.

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*Prices advertised exclude a 3.5% booking fee. UK and EU delegates maybe subject to VAT.

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