2018 Editorial Programme


Tannery machinery - A preview of the machinery, technology and innovation on display at Lineapelle and Tanning Tech 2018 at Fiera Milano Rho, Milan. As the renowned technology event for machinery, leather goods and tanning – traditionally held concurrently with the winter edition of Lineapelle – this is the main European gathering of the year.

Market report on India - We analyse the highly complex Indian market from IILF and what 2018 has in store. We also look at the exhibitors taking part and feature their products. We also preview other shows including the New York editions of Lineapelle and Première Vision. Machinery – The trends and breakthroughs happening in the leather machinery sector for 2018


APLF – We preview the annual APLF fair in Hong Kong and look at how key players have adapted to market changes and global trends over the past year. We also look at what unique events are planned and the exhibitors taking part.

Brazil – FIMEC preview and Image Project preview, sponsored by CICB. Chinese issue – Our celebrated Chinese edition, which will have extra distribution at APLF and into the heart of the Chinese market.


Sustainability - We examine the latest products, initiatives and strategies going forward to make leather production cleaner, less wasteful and more transparent. We speak with leaders in the chemical market including Lanxess, TFL, Smit & zoon and Stahl.

European leather – An all-encompassing report from this integral region in global leather, with interviews from leaders in industry associations and tanneries.


Automotive – We look at this resilient sector in the industry with voices from key tanners, OEMs and brands, as well as supporting data and statistics that point to it being a relatively safe bet in leather. We also focus on how and why some companies are steering away from leather interiors and the main factors perpetuating this trend.

Recruitment - We examine recruitment in the leather industry, and look at the growing skills gap, as well as efforts to stimulate a new generation of leathermakers.
Market report on Brazil – We take a look at the latest news from Brazil amid a steady simmering of scandal and economic headwinds. Despite it all, there is still much to celebrate.

Market report on Brazil – We take a look at the latest news from Brazil amid economic instability and supply exceeding demand, and how new beef export relations with the US might be a catalyst.


Cotance and European leather – We get back in touch with Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano of Cotance regarding progress on its manifesto for 2025.

Luxury in leather – We explore the trends in the luxury leather market between the Lineapelle and Première Vision fairs in New York, Milan and Paris, speaking with designers and exhibitors.


What’s new in Leather Chemicals 2018 –Our annual look at the latest chemical innovations within the leather industry. We look at the latest wet-end and finishing chemicals that have been introduced in the past year. This is an ideal opportunity for tanners to review and source the latest tannery chemicals.

Trends – Fashion colours and trends from the leading chemical companies.

Overview – we delve into the main discussions from the 7th Freiberg Leather Days.


Technical innovation at the molecular level – We examine some of the research and results going on with collagen and enzyme manipulation to help leather production.

Waste management – Exploring research on reducing wastewater, and how the water being used can be contained and managed properly. We look at beamhouse processes that set a new standard, and how others, like the CETP in Savar, are measuring up.

Machinery—an update on trends and innovations in leather cutting machinery, with an emphasis on getting the most out of hides using the latest technology.


Market report on China – We investigate what’s happening in the largest leather producing market. As well as looking at Chinese tanneries during a wide-scale transition phase to clean up the industry, we examine the pace of the Chinese domestic market.

Showtime –We also preview ACLE in Shanghai, Lineapelle in Milan and Première Vision in Paris.

US market report – an analysis on the state of America’s wet-blue exports to China, Decree 159 and fallout from leaving the TPP.


Reviews – What the main takeaways were from Shanghai, Milan and Paris.

Turkey—a market report from this dynamic and challenging country.


Exotics leathers and CSR – We analyse how tanners in this exclusive area have adapted to increased regulation and scrutiny. We speak to some leaders in the field about remaining transparent and competitive.

Yearly round up – A survey of manufacturers, tanners and industry leaders, and how their 2018 year has been.

Editorial content is subject to change.

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