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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

GreenLIFE project

greenlifeGreenLIFE a project to develop a more sustainable leather manufacturing process

GreenLIFE is the acronym of green Leather Industry for the Environment, a project funded by the European Union, as part of the Life+ programme. The project is sponsored by five Italian companies based in the Vicenza Tannery District, the Dani and Gruppo Mastrotto tanneries, the chemical company Ikem, Acque del Chiampo that manages a water purification plant, and Ilsa a biotechnology company specialising in plant-nutrition products.

During the kick off meeting of the steering committee, that took place last November 2014, partners focus on goals which include reduction in water consumption and use of chemicals, reduction of waste, its re-cycling and re-use, and the principal objective developing a more sustainable leather manufacturing process.


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:

Leather is my Job

Europe’s Social Partners meet in Edinburgh to review progress in their “Leather is my job!” initiative

LIMJ postcardThe Scottish city of Edinburgh hosted the Mid-Term meeting of the “Leather is my job!” project developed by the Social Partners of the European Leather Industry with the support of the European Commission. The objective of this Social Dialogue initiative is to awake the appetite of people, in particular young people thinking about their professional careers, for the leather industry. By providing the testimonies of those already working in the industry and conveying the reasons for their career choice, both sides of the leather industry intend to break certain deeply rooted misconceptions about this profession that is offering good jobs.