What BLC can do for you...

BLC is the leading independent leather technology centre, working with hundreds of companies in over 40 countries. BLC are leather experts and deliver a range of leather related services. Established for over 90 years, we have the technical pedigree in leather technology to ensure fast accurate solutions to technical, management or environmental leather problems.

Leather Testing

The only testing laboratory dedicated to leather testing, footwear testing, chemical testing and leather product testing. We are experts in all types of leather testing, from simple fastness tests to advanced analysis for odours and restricted substances in leather and associated materials including lead testing and REACH testing. We are one of the fastest laboratories in Europe and aim to provide test results within 3-5 days working days.

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Footwear Testing

We offer a range of standard footwear testing in line with CEN standards on footwear. Footwear testing comprises whole shoe, leather, component and fit assessments. The UKAS accreditation for footwear testing reinforces BLC's competence, impartiality and performance capability.

Chemical Testing

Chemical testing of substances in leather is a specialist task due to the complex nature of the substrate.  BLC has considerable expertise in chemical testing and we are in a unique position with 90 years experience of leather and related products to identify the compounds that are likely to be present and provide solutions and advice when failures occur.

Leather Training Courses

BLC offers leather training courses, leather seminars, leather workshops, leather footwear courses, leather upholstery courses, leathergoods courses, garment courses and leather technology courses.  Each leather course can be tailored to individual company needs and is delivered by experienced and practical leather and footwear experts.  Leather training courses are also available in Asia and the US.  We also offer individual corporate and bespoke courses which can be carried out anywhere in the world.

View our 2017 Training Course Brochure

Leather Problem Solving

At BLC. one of our core strengths is our leather specialisation and our ability to provide in-depth analysis of manufacturing or consumer problems. No matter how well production processes are managed and controlled, leather problems and leather faults do occur. BLC offers leather consulting services to cover all aspects of the leather supply chain. BLC has the leather experts and practical leather knowledge to identify and solve all leather faults.


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For more information on the full range of leather services available from BLC, see our About BLC page.

BLC is a commercial organisation providing leather related services to the international leather supply chain. 

BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd is sponsored for business growth by:

Northamptonshire County Council Northamptonshire enterprise partnership
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