On the back of IILF, where BASF presented newly developed integrated chemical solutions for tanneries such as its topcoat Astacin Novomatt DD and DryFast, Dr Alexander Wartini, the company’s vice-president of global business management and leather chemicals, talks innovative and ecologically sustainable technology.

This year, APLF organisers are expecting 1,200 exhibitors and an estimated 19,000 buyers to visit during the three-day exhibition. Leather International previews one of the key events on the industry calendar.

Also in this issue: PrimeAsia CEO Jon Clark talks through the company’s quality measurement controls and expansion plans throughout Asia’s emerging economies, Denis Gathanju examines how Kenya is reviving its leather industry, and as more governments and industry bodies develop misguided plans to reignite their leather industries with new tannery clusters, Sam Setter devours the inefficiency and futility of not only the poor planning, but also the general ineptness of foresight by the relevant parties.

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