A Welcome from the President                                                                                                           June, 2013

Greetings and welcome to the website of The American Leather Chemists Association! 

Please take some time to browse the many pages and program descriptions that our team has assembled for you.  As the Associationís 69th 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 109th Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, NC 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.  We have four technical committees:

            Committee on Methods and Specifications

            Education Committee

            Environmental Affairs Committee

            Research Liaison Committee


There is a six-member Council, three officers (President, Vice President and Vice President-Elect) 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 2014, our annual convention will be held at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.  We are expecting a good turnout so please consider making this the year to present your paper.  Submissions can be made to the Technical Committee Chair Sarah Drayna by email at sarah.drayna@lanxess.com.  An exciting social program is also being planned. 


Finally, let me encourage you to contact us at alca@leatherchemists.org or 806-744-1798.  We encourage your participation online and in person at our Annual Meeting.   The enthusiasm generated over the past few years has rejuvenated membership and created excitement for the future.   I hope to see you all at Saratoga Springs in June!


Thank you for visiting. 



Steve Lange

President, 2013-2014