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Leather Conference 2017
  • Date:

    30 Aug 2017

  • Time:

    13:30 - 16:30

  • Location:

    Room E2-M20, Shanghai New International Expo Centre

Mapping a Course for Leather in China

What does the future hold for leather in China and how does the industry as a whole move forward? Join sector experts during this forward-looking forum that will examine the prospects for leather from the perspectives of supply and demand as well as sustainability.

Time Topic
13:00 Registration and Coffee
13:25 Welcome note
- Vera Dordick, Managing Editor, Hidenet
13:30 American and European Perspectives on Leather Supply
China imports a vast quantity of hides every year and while a large percentage come from the United States, China also buys large quantities from other global areas. What changes are expected in supplies and what will they mean for China’s tanners and leather buyers?
- Stephen M. Sothmann, President, U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association
- Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, Secretary General, COTANCE
14:30 Leather Demand in the Automotive and Footwear Industries
Footwear and the automotive sector are typically the top two drivers of leather demand. While one has been flagging, the other has been fueling the leather industry. What lies ahead for footwear demand and if the automotive sectors slows, what will that mean for the leather supply chain?
- Giulia Spinetta, Showroom Manager, DANI Asia Limited
- Peter Mangione, Global Footwear Partnerships LLC
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Sustainability in Leather Production
No longer an option but now a necessity, sustainability is a goal for the entire leather supply chain. What are the results of China's recent environmental inspections and how can Chinese tanneries position themselves to thrive in an industry that is increasingly driven by sustainability concerns?
- Hans Van Haarst, CEO, Smit & Zoon
- Chen Zhanguang, Secretary General, China Leather Industry Association (CLIA)

Online registration is now closed. To attend this event, please sign-up at the reception desk located outside Room E2-M20, Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 13:00 - 13:30.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Kennise Pang ([email protected]).

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