Greetings and welcome to the website of The American Leather Chemists
Please take some time to browse the many pages and
program descriptions that our team has assembled for you. As the
Associationís 70th President, I am hopeful that you will
find answers to all your questions, options for your consideration and
an enriching educational experience.
The ALCA is the seventh oldest chemistry association in
the United States, having just held our 110th
Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs, NY this past June. We publish the fourth
oldest chemistry journal, JALCA, Journal of the American Leather
Chemists Association. We have more than 300 members, domestic and
international, representing all facets of the modern, global leather
industry: chemical suppliers, hide processors, tanners, leather
manufacturers, researchers and consultants. Ours is one of the
most diverse and multidisciplinary chemistry associations in existence.
Currently we are in the process of restructuring our
technical committees. Our first new committee is the
Sustainability Committee chaired by Beat Schelling. Initial plans
are to have three sub-committees under the Sustainability Committee,
namely the RSL, Salt/Water/Waste, and Carbon Footprint. Steve
Lange has agreed to chair the RSL subcommittee. This subcommittee
will have an initial target of one year to create a viable RSL list that
the industry as a whole can support.
There is a six-member Council, two
officers (President and Vice President) and an
Executive Secretary. All of us are committed to the effective
management of the ALCA and the passionate support and promotion of the
leather chemistry discipline.
In 2015, our annual convention will be
back again at the Pinehurst Resort in Village of Pinehurst, North
Carolina. Our Vice President, David Peters, is already assembling
top notch presenters and we expect to fill the program early. If
you are interested in presenting please submit your title and abstract
to David by email at
An exciting social program is also being planned. We expect to
sell out of rooms so make sure you watch the website once registration
opens and book your room right away.
Finally, let me encourage you to contact
806-744-1798 with any questions or suggestions you might have. We
extend a warm invitation for your participation online and in person at
our Annual Convention. The enthusiasm generated over the
past few years has rejuvenated membership and created excitement for the
future. I hope to see you all at Pinehurst next June!
Thank you for visiting.