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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 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, June 10. This will be followed by the John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecture presented by Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer of LANXESS. There will be three half days of technical presentations concluding Friday, June 12, at noon. This year’s technical program is focusing on Sustainability, with topics including waste water technology, improved tanning systems, and auto trends. We 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.

Wednesday June 10th – Day 1


Opening Address

56th John Arthur Wilson Memorial Lecture - Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer

Sustainability - Our Passport for the Future

  • A retro-perspective, what all happened and why until it came to our current understanding.
  • Necessary paradigm changes for companies and people like you and me










Session 1




  • Rebirth of Leather Manufacturing in the USA

  • Thomas Schneider, Tan Tec, Vicksburg, MS





  • Probiotic Biochemicals as Leather Dyeing Auxiliaries

  • Juan-Carlos Castell, Proviera Biotech, LLC, Kansas City, MO


  • Reaction of Protein and Carbohydrates with EDC for Purpose of Making Products with Unique Functional Properties

  • Maryann M. Taylor, USDA, ERRC, Wyndmoor, PA


  • Investigating the Cell Rotary Conditioning Mechanism Using Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

  • Karl Flowers, University of Northampton, Park Campus, Northampton, UK


  • Combination Tannage

  • Eleanor M. Brown, USDA, ERRC, Wyndmoor, PA




Fun Run 5:30-6:30pm

Thursday June 11th – Day 2


Session 2  
  • PrimeAsia's Perspective on LWG and Associated Benefits to Our Industry

  • Sarah Swenson, Prime Asia Leather Company, Exeter, NH
  • Elimination of Chromium Oxidation for Efficient Chromic Oxide Detections

  • Myron Hooks, Eagle Ottawa by Lear, Rochester Hills, MI
  • Automotive Leather Supply Chain Management

  • John Jennings, Lynch Leather Group, Troy, MI


  • Testing of Automotive Materials and the Challenges in Meeting the OEM Requirements

  • Simon Courtney, SATRA, Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK





Session 3  



  • Leather - An Indispensable Part of Bentley DNA

  • Marc Stang, Bentley Motors Ltd., Crewe, Cheshire, UK


  • Drum Technology

  • Joaquin Paez, Olcina Group, Lorca, Spain
  • High Performance Acrylic Polymer Technology for Use in Leather Finishing Processes Expanded Update

  • Joseph M. Hoefler, The Dow Chemical Company, Collegeville, PA


  • Asia/Pacific Trade Initiative Update and International Trade

  • Stephen Sothmann, U.S. Hide, Skin & Leather Association, Washington, D.C.



Friday June 12th – Day 3




Session 4  
  • Sustainability

  • Mike Tomkin, Stahl Europe bv, Waalwijk, Holland
  • How Far Away Are We from the Real "Green Tanning?"

  • William Wang, Biosk (SQ) Chemicals Co., limited, China, and Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Environmental Issues, CR23, California Latest Proposition and Latest OSHA Requirements

  • John Wittenborn, Leather Industries of America, Washington, D.C.


  • Environmental Technologies - Sludge Drying and Lime Fleshings Drying and Stabilization

  • Antonio Polato, Officine di Cartigliano S.p.A., Italy


Break 9:40-10:00am

Session 5   




  • Biobased Films Prepared from Collagen Solutions Derived from Un-Tanned Hides

  • Cheng-Kung Liu, USDA, ERRC, Wyndmoor, PA
  • Report on RSL Initiative

  • Steve Lange, Leather Research Laboratory, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

ALCA Annual Business Meeting


Sports Activities Awards Luncheon

12:00 – 1:00 pm

 Reception and Awards Banquet