BLC Leather Technology

Special Event

Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference

Platinum sponsor, Stahl.

BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd and APLF are pleased to announce the date of the 2017 half-day conference which will be held on Thursday March 30, 2017 in Hong Kong.

Building on the success of previous years, the theme of this year’s conference will be focused on building a sustainable value chain for the leather industry. A key requirement for all retailers and brands is upstream supply chain transparency. This year’s event will include presentations which concentrate on the lifecycle of products with sustainability and innovation being key themes.

Topics such as effective supply chain mapping, recent developments of the multi-brand ZDHC, alternative materials, innovation in chemistry and animal welfare will feature in presentations during the event. We promise an exciting line-up of international industry leading specialists, including major brands and/or retailers, tanners, leather supply chain suppliers (machinery/chemicals) and organisations presenting the most up-to-date developments across a range of topical subjects.

Date: Thursday March 30, 2017 
Duration: 12:00 to 17:30
Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Room: N101B, Level 1

Conference Agenda

Our agenda includes some of the most forward-thinking presentations in the industry:


12:30 Welcome
Victoria Addy, Technical Director, BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd

12:40 ZDHC – Chemical Gateway and MRSL conformance for the leather supply chain
Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC 

13:20 Walking the Talk: How the leather chemicals industry is taking action on transparency
Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl 

14:00 DNA Labelling, an opportunity for leather supply chain transparency
James Hayward, Chairman & CEO, Applied DNA Sciences


15:10 Update of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) for Leather
Dietrich Tegtmeyer, Vice President, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH

15:30 Corporate Sustainability Goals and Chemical Management Targets - The Way Forward
Austin Davidsen, Senior Manager, Footwear Materials – Leather, Adidas

16:10 Supply Chain Panel on topical issues within the supply chain
Panel members: Adidas, Deichmann SELVMHPrimarkSmit & ZoonZDHC.

17:00 CLOSE

Read about our speakers.

Register to Attend

BLC Members & APLF Exhibitors USD$370
Non-Members USD$385

Discounts available for more than one delegate registering from the same company at the same time.

Registration is now open! Please click here to register through the UBM website. If you have any questions in regards to registration, please contact Chi On Kwok at APLF.

There are special discounts for APLF exhibitors and BLC members! For further information, please contact:

APLF - Chi On Kwok at 
BLC - Deborah Taylor at


For more information on sponsoring this conference, view our sponsors page.

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