Dr Heinz-Peter Germann, head of the Lederinstitut Gerberschule Reutlingen (LGR), Germany, gave the keynote presentation. Dr Germann’s presentation was entitled: Sustainable Leather Manufacture – Realistic Objective or Wishful Thinking? In his presentation Germann reviewed current thinking, compared the various commercially viable tanning options and looked at the future challenges for sustainable leather manufacture.
Other topics discussed under the Biotan umbrella included bio preservation and bio processing, environmental biotechnology, bio options for waste management and bio alternatives in leather products.