IULTCS - Leather technology with a business vision

21 May 2002

The next IULTCS Congress (XXVII) will be held in Cancun, Mexico, from May 28 to June 1, 2003. These biennial congresses are undoubtedly the leather industry's most important technical meetings. The International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies is a world organisation of professional societies created in London in 1897. It currently gathers 13 national societies representing more than 2,500 individuals. In order to foster cooperation between member societies, the IULTCS supports the advancement in leather science and technology, forms commissions for special studies and establishes international testing methods for leather and related materials. In a little more than a century, the Union has organised 26 congresses in 16 different countries on the five continents, the most recent one of which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2001. Mexico will be the host for the first time in 2003. 'The city of Cancun is located on the Mayan Route, which is an ancient mystic pilgrimage for the search of oneself. This is the spirit of the invitation to Cancun: to discover scientific and technological paths that will allow the safe and secure establishment of leather industries. This is the Prehispanic American alchemy that seeks to inspire the leather chemists and technicians of the world.' The theme for the 27th edition of the IULTCS Congress is 'Leather Technology with Business Vision' and the objective is to establish the work of leather professionals into practical applications with a business vision that will provide global benefits that may help the companies and institutions. The XXVII Congress of the IULTCS will have six different sessions: conservation and beamhouse; tanning; re-tanning, dyeing and fatliquoring; finishing; environment and mechanical processes and machinery. Anyone wishing to present a paper should submit their abstracts on the relevant subjects in English and/or Spanish before August 15, 2002, to the director of the technical programme, Dr Juan F Hernandez, Federacion Mexicana de Quimicos y Tecnicos del Cuero AC, Condesa # 408, Real Providencia II, CP 37250 Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Abstracts can be sent to the following e-mail address: trabajos@iultcs-cancun.com.mx A Selection Committee appointed by the Mexican Federation of Leather Chemists and technologists will evaluate proposed presentations to ensure the quality of the programme. Notice of all papers and poster presentations that are accepted will be given on October 15, 2002. Full presentations approved by the committee have to be submitted no later than December 15, 2002, to Judith Samperio Vázquez at the federation or sent to the following e-mail address: publicidad@iultcs-ancun.com.mx More details about the format of presentation can be found at the website: [http://www.iultcs-cancun.com.mx] and for further information, contact: Federacion Mexicana de Quimicos y Tecnicos del Cuero, tel: +52 (477) 772 4321; fax +52 (477) 772 4584.

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