2015 John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecturer -- Dr.
The 56th John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecture will be presented
at the Annual Convention by Dietrich Tegtmeyer at 1:00 pm on
June 10, 2015.
The title of his
presentation is "Sustainability - Our Passport for the Future."
what all happened and why until it came to our current
changes for companies and people like you and me
This presentation will give an overview and a
clear understanding of global sustainability as well as the
urgent need and the importance of necessary paradigm changes in
all kind of human life.
In the last 100 years the economy was driven by
growth and innovation optimism. Inventers and researchers, of
course, did not know where all the developments finally will end
up. However, the playground was so big and discoveries have
been so interesting and fascinating that the developments
process was self-running and could not be stopped or redirected.
An extrapolation of this process will sooner or later end up
being mortal because necessary resources are not available
anymore to feed such a process.
We are now fully arrived in the 21 century. The
world today is already very much different than the one from the
recent past 20 or even 50 years ago. We have generated for many
people overwhelming prosperity in many countries which no one
even dreamed about 100 years ago. The industrialization and
joint fast growing global population has led to a point that the
human race occupies nearly all livable land on this planet and
utilizes resources to the last tiny corner of earth.
A big mistake was that consequences for health
and environment unfortunately have not been in the focus for a
long period of time. If we and our next generations still want
to enjoy life on our planet, a huge process of change is ahead
of us. Never ever before in history have humans faced such an
will review the evolution process of the megatrend
sustainability from its beginning up to its mindset of today;
what have been enablers, what – unfortunately – preventers
during the industrialization process of the past 150 years, and
what have been major milestones on the path to our current
understanding of sustainable development.
Based on this he will point out important
challenges for our planet and our life. He will review guiding
principles and rules, which have been identified as being
required for necessary paradigm shifts in all levels of our
day-to-day life: from a global economic and political point of
view, from a company perspective as well as for each of us as an
individual. In conclusion, he will briefly give my view on the
positioning of the leather industry and comment on key items he
believes our industry has to focus on.
A PhD chemist
graduating from University Witten/Herdecke, Dietrich Tegtmeyer
commenced his career in the chemical industry in 1989 in various
management positions and international assignments with Bayer,
Germany. He became involved in the leather business in 1999
with responsibility for Bayer headquarters leather R&D; then
later was in charge of global marketing of the business unit
leather. Since 2005 he has been employed by the spin-off
company LANXESS as vice president for product and applications
Since 2008 executive member of the International Union of
Leather Technologists and Scientist (IULTCS); Chairman of the
From 2009 to 2014 executive member of Leather Working Group (LWG)
Since 2011 vice president of IULTCS
Since 2012 member of the board of the German counterpart of ALCA,
Dietrich Tegtmeyer is
married and has 3 daughters.