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Welcome to an exciting program of excellent technical presentations.
The sessions will begin with the Opening Address by the ALCA President, Sarah Drayna, at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, June 23. This will be followed by the 57th John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecture presented by Rachel Garwood, Director of the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT). There will be two full days of technical presentations concluding Friday, June 24, at 4:15 pm. We will have an array of international presenters from around the world. Keep checking this section of our website for updates on the technical program.

Note:  Oral Presentations subject to change.

Thursday June 23rd Day 1


Opening Address

57th John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecture - Rachel Garwood

Leather Education - Preserving the Past...Investing in the Future

"Challenges facing the leather industry" is often a topic for discussion: these commonly include environmental legislation, the need for green chemistry, traceability, ethical sourcing and the list goes on.  One issue that is crucial for the sustainability of the global leather industry and is often overlooked is "succession planning."  With large cohorts of employees due for retirement between now and 2020, the demand for quality leather graduates is ever increasing, placing a larger reliance on higher education.

The importance of leather education is clearly demonstrated by the success of John Arthur Wilson himself.  During his two years study at the University of Leeds he became an award winning student under the renowned Professor Henry Richardson Proctor, both of whom made significant contributions in the field of leather science and are still referred to in modern leather science education today.

In this review, the history, the present and the future of leather education are explored.  What has driven the transition from "chalk and talk" to delivery via virtual space?  With advanced information technology we are also facing a changing student and today's student does not expect to be spoon fed the facts.  Today, they have ready access to information on the internet, so classroom delivery takes on a very different picture.  Modes of delivery now incorporate social media, discussion boards, blogs alongside tutorials and seminars.

The ability within education to address these changing demands and an understanding of the ever changing market pressures will support the sustainability of our high value industry.









Break 10:15-10:30pm

Session 1




  • Is Tanning without Effluent Discharge Still Far from Us?

  • Zhuangdou Zhang, Biosk (SQ) Chemicals Co., limited, China


  • Most Recent Advancement in Clean Beaming Technologies

  • Jurgen Christner, TFL Ledertechnik AG, Switzerland


  • Trends in Automotive and Impacts on Leather

  • Andreas Kindermann, Wollsdorf Leder, Schmidt & Co Ges.m.b.H., Austria




12:00 1:00 pm



Session 2  
  • New Technologies for Leather Production

  • Marc Oomens, IM, Holland


  • Brazilian Global Leather Trade

  • Rogerio de Souzaq Cunha, CICB, Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry, Brazil


  • The Process and Technology for Collagen Treatment

  • Juan Luis Salmeron, IPAP, Spain


  • Utilization of Water-Soluble Carbodiimides in the Modification of Gelatin and Chitosan

  • Maryann M. Taylor, United States Department of Agriculture, ERRC, Wyndmoor, PA





Session 3  
  • Automation for Hide Handling

  • Luca Tisato, Feltre, Italy


  • Global Trade with China

  • Su Chaoying, Chinese Leather Industry Association (CLIA), China


  • Modified Smart Collagen Biomaterials for Biomedical, Pharmacy, Cosmetic and Adhesive Applications

  • Jan Sedliacik, Technical University in Zvolen, Slovak Republic




Fun Run 5:30-6:15pm

Friday June 24th Day 2


Session 4  
  • Update on U.S. Hide Trade

  • Stephen Sothmann, U.S. Hide,  Skin & Leather Association (USHSLA), Washington, DC
  • The Over-Engineering of Nature's Most Beautiful Product

  • Steve Lange, Leather Research Laboratory, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
  • Complexing Agents and Their Practical Influence in Pickling, Chrome Penetration and Basification

  • Marcelo Fraga de Sousa, Buckman North American, Memphis, TN





Session 5  



  • Tanning Technologies and Equiqment Offered by the Italian Industry

  • Roberto Vago, ASSOMAC, Italy



ALCA Annual Business Meeting


Sports Activities Awards Luncheon

12:00 1:30 pm



Session 6  
  • U.S. Leather Industry Update

  • John Wittenborn, Leather Industries of American, Inc., Washington, DC


  • Green Crust Technology: A Game Changing Chemical Solution for Wet End Processing

  • Dietrich Tegtmeyer, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH, Germany





Session 7  
  • Traceability and Protocols

  • Sarah Swenson, PrimeAsia Leather Company, Exeter, NH


  • The Physical Properties, Morphology and Viscoelasticity of Biobased Sponges Prepared from Un-Tanned Hides

  • Cheng-Kung Liu, United States Department of Agriculture, ERRC, Wyndmoor, PA


  • Barnini - Preserving the Technology of Quality...Protecting the Quality of Technology

  • Eric Poles, Silvateam S.p.A., Leather Division, Italy



 Reception and Awards Banquet