The WLC will include specialist speakers from more than 14 countries that all play an important role in the leather supply chain. A full launch and announcement will be made during a press conference at the APLF in Hong Kong on March 30. Topics to be discussed at the WLC include some of the most important issues facing the industry such as raw materials, international trade, ecology, market trends, fashion and future trends for footwear, upholstery and leather goods leathers.

The organisers also have support from the Brazilian government and are hoping to attract 300 delegates to attend from across the entire leather supply chain.