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International conference “Tanning and chemical products”

Lineapelle - LEM conference room - Ponte dei Mari (beside pav. 22)

Wednesday 21 February 2018, H. 11.00 - 13.00


UNIC, the Italian tanners' association, and COTANCE, the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Union, invite you to join this event focusing on the tanning chemistry issue and on risk-opportunity aspects connected to the different process types.

There are often partial and misleading information circulating in the market and creating confusion among supply chain stakeholders and consumers. The objective of the event is to support the technical and scientific understanding on some most debated key elements of the chemical process, also through the results of recent studies developed by tanning researchers in Europe, and see how these activities can meet the needs, trends and expectations of the industry.

The conference will be divided in two sections. The first one will be characterized by technical reports made by some of the main EU leather research centres and universities. This section will be followed by a roundtable involving stakeholders of leather supply chain, from chemicals producers, to tanneries and brands.


h 11.00

h 11.10
Will Wise - Senior Lecturer, Leather Technology, ICLT, University of Northampton
Chromium (VI) detection: 1st project update
The future of chromium tanning; exploring the great unknown

Maurizio Masi - Director, Department of Chemistry, Politecnico di Milano
Alternative low water consumption tanning process with the aid of electric fields

Biagio Naviglio -R&D Manager, Stazione Sperimentale Pelli - President, Ordine Chimici Campania
Tanning systems alternative to chrome and performances of "metal-free" leather

h 12.10
Panel – industrial representatives
Conceria di Cuneo, Elmo Sweden, Hugo Boss, Lanxess, Louis Vuitton, Rino Mastrotto Group, Rossimoda, Russo di Casandrino, Stahl, Wollsdorf Leder

h 12.50

h 13.00
Buffet Lunch

The event is free of charge and open to all supply chain partners, from brands and retailers, to tanneries, manufacturers, chemicals formulators and other interested stakeholders.

Please confirm your participation by email:

The event will be held in English and Italian. Simultaneous translation will be available. Buffet lunch at the end of the conference.

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International conference “Tanning and chemical products”