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GreenLIFE Closing Event

greenlifeProjects ends in Arzignano on 15 December

After 19 months of experimentation, greenLIFE presents innovations in the tanning industry, which aims for environmental and economic sustainability.

Is it possible to reduce the environmental impact of the tanning industry while maintaining its competitiveness? The European Union, through the LIFE programme, funded half the greenLIFE project, Green Leather Industry for the Environment. Launched in June 2014, greenLIFE today – after following the results obtained in the first 19 months of experimentation – looks to the future. With #greenleather2016, the project disseminates its achievements in terms of reducing environmental impact and reusing waste and by-products for the benefit of other industrial sectors.
The event will be held on December 15 in the auditorium of the Higher Technical Institute G. Galilei of Arzignano (province of Vicenza, Italy) from 5 pm to 7 pm CET. For 50 years, this school has been a driving force for the most important industry of the area, the tanning industry. The companies sponsoring the project are Dani and Mastrotto Group, Ikem, Ilsa, and Acque del Chiampo.


A Future For European Leather highlight of the Portuguese Leather Days

Alcanena, Portugal’s Leather Cluster hosted on Tuesday 27 October 2015 the third Seminar of the European Project developed by the sector’s Social Partners, COTANCE and IndustriAll.

The event that took place in the auditorium of CTIC, the country’s Leather Technology Centre (Centro Tecnologico das Industrias de Curtumes) was devoted to leather trade issues. Presentations from keynote speakers addressed the business outlook for the leather sector for raw materials up to retailing of leather products. Over 70 participants and guests from Portugal and abroad were in attendance clearly evidencing the interest in the event.

Participants to the Alcanena Seminar could listen to keynote speeches from
-    Nick Winters, President of ICHSLTA, who presented a detailed statistical analysis of the trade in hides & skins and projections for the future; he sees a bright future for European leather thanks to the quality of its domestic raw materials,  

-    Katarzyna Kuske, from the European Commission, who evidenced the main trade issues that European tanners are facing in their access to raw materials; she reported on progress in their removal and assured the support of DG Growth in finding solutions to the remaining problems,

-    Luc Triangle, Deputy Secretary General of IndustriAll, Europe’s largest industrial Trade Union, who reviewed the overall EU trade policy and underlined the need that the European Commission negotiates effective clauses in trade agreements for securing Europe’s jobs and businesses,

-    Isabel Cantista, CEO of Fast Forward Innovation Ltda. and University lecturer on marketing, who elaborated on the winning concept of fashion districts in the cities of tomorrow and the business models that support them.


Mr Nuno Carvalho, recently elected President of APIC, the Portuguese Leather Trade Association, and Mr Alcino Martinho, Director of CTIC concluded the day animating a brief panel discussion and inviting all participants to the Art Space Joao Carvalho in the city centre where the culture of leather in arts was highlighted.

APIC President Nuno Carvalho expressed his satisfaction for having successfully integrated the COTANCE-IndustriAll Seminar in the development of the Portuguese “Leather Days” that evidence to the World the beating heart of Portugal’s Leather Industry and its contribution to the future of the European Leather Industry.

October 2015

World Leather Congress 2015

Milan, the Capital of Leather

wlc2015Trends and Future Challenges is the subject of the international tanners’ congress, scheduled for September 8 in Milan, on the eve of LINEAPELLE’s (September 9-11, Milan Fair).

The event, hosted by Fondazione Edison in Foro Buonaparte 31, Milan, will analyse the situation of the global tanning industry and its future prospects. The sector is made up of 12,000 companies, 200,000 employees, with a turnover of about 50 billion dollars and is part of some hugely important value chains that include manufacturers of footwear, garments, handbags, furniture, cars, aeroplanes, equestrian and sports goods.

Its strategic function, as a link between agriculture and industry, covers complex scenarios, involving secondary raw materials and technological innovation, protectionism and environmental protection, sustainability and fashion, international consumption and production models.

The organiser is UNIC (the Italian tanners’ association), under the sponsorship of the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and Regione Lombardia.

ICT, the International Council of Tanners, is headed by the Italian Rino Mastrotto and the vice president is the Taiwanese Chih Hsang Pai. Members are tanneries representing 37 Countries from Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

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Milan, April 21, 2015

A Future for European Leather!

A Future for European Leather!

Objective 2025

logoAFFEL1In January 2015, COTANCE and industriAll-European Trade Union kicked-off a new Social Dialogue project entitled « A Future for European Leather! ». National partners include leather associations and trade unions in France, the UK, Romania, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria, Sweden and Italy.

Through the organisation of 4 European Seminars in 2015 and one Final Conference in early 2016, the Social Partners intend to strengthen their dialogue addressing issues of common concern in the areas of Social Affairs, Trade, Industry and the Environment.

Imagining what the European Leather sector could look like in the year 2025 will inspire their discussions. Looking up to a not too distant future, the project aims to identify challenges and opportunities for Leather made in Europe. Assisted by experts, the sector’s Social Partners will come up with new intelligence that will bring about a deeper understanding of the issues at stake in each of the policy areas.

The Seminars will feed the discussions in the sector’s Social Dialogue Committee where the Social Partners will address joint objectives and recommendations in crucial areas of their industrial strategy.

The 4 Seminars will be hosted each in a different European location starting with Bucharest, Romania, where APPBR will organise the first encounter on the theme “Industry” (24 April). It will be followed by the Seminar on “Social Affairs”, organised by FFTM, France, on 18 June. After the summer break, two more events will be organised; one by APIC, Portugal (October) and the other by UKLF, UK (December).

6 February 2015

New Presidency for COTANCE

Edinburgh Assembly General unanimously elects Jonathan Muirhead as new COTANCE President

muirheadThe 2014 COTANCE General Meeting took place in Edinburgh on June 20 hosted by the UK Leather Federation. 26 delegates from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden and Romania were in attendance. The encounter took place in the city’s prestigious George Hotel followed by a Gala Dinner in the Royal Castle and concluding in a sumptuous frame two days of intense work and debates on the outlook for the European Leather industry. Indeed, next to the Assembly General, COTANCE also organised the mid-term social dialogue project meeting of the “Leather is my Job!” operation supported by the European Commission, and the kick-off meeting of the EU Pilot on Leather focussed on the development of the Product Category Rules for the Environmental Footprint of Leather.


Renewed mandate for FFTM President

The Assembly General of the Fédération Française de la Tannerie Mégisserie met on 13 June et elected the 10 member of its new administration board for a period of 3 years. The mandate of President Bertrand Sauve was unanimously renewed.

A press release (in French) can be found here: