BLC Leather Technology

Special Event


BLC Present One Day Understanding Leather Course in NYC

This June, BLC will be travelling to New York to present our One Day Understanding Leather course, in partnership with Norton Rose Fulbright.

The course takes place on Wednesday June 7th 2017 and will be held at the Norton Rose Fulbright offices in the heart of Manhattan.

Our signature course is designed to introduce you to leather, the various different types of leather and their performances, explain why we test leather and what it is that we're looking for, as well as taking you through the worst case scenarios if something was to go wrong during production.

Norton Rose Fulbright will also present on 'Relevant Product Safety', detailing topical US legislation related to leather and footwear.

This course is ideal for anyone working with leather and need to know a little more about the leather making process, or for those that need their previous leather knowledge refreshing.

Click here to take a look at the agenda and here to download the booking form.


BLC Members: $425 per delegate
Non-Members: $475 per delegate

10% discount is offered to both members and non-members if 3 or more delegates book their place at the same time.

For more information, get in touch by emailing us on or calling us on +44 (0)1604 679999

We look forward to seeing you in New York.

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 was held on Thursday March 30, 2017 in Hong Kong.

Building on the success of previous years, the theme of this year’s conference was 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 included presentations which concentrated 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 featured in presentations during the event. There was 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 included 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.


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

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