Global Alliances with Integrated Networking to GAIN value for Leather

Dictated by parameters such as raw material and manpower availability and environmental protection, the leather industry in general and tanning industry in particular has been shifting from Europe to Asia and recently, the industry has been witnessing higher rate of growth in African countries as well. The developing countries, which were originally supplying un-finished and finished leather for product manufacturers in the west, are pushing for capacity building for conversion into value added products to derive maximum benefit from their natural resources as well as creating employment opportunities.

Parallel to the geographical shifts is a series of technological challenges confronting the leather industry. This includes, but not limited to challenges such as the need for water reduction, pollution control and value addition to available materials, cost reduction to remain competitive in the global market, adding newer properties for potential new uses where the leather would obtain the best value. Another major challenge is the threat leather has been facing from newly emerging non-leather substitutes for use in footwear. Sustainability of the leather industry would strongly depend on its technological supremacy, preservation of its natural character and properties.

Whether it is the need of specific country to produce quality products or the industry’s need to meet technological challenges from other products – the need of the hour seems to be one of an integrated approach among the various stake holders involved in global leather sectors. Nations with raw material power, qualified human resource, design engineering, expertise in machinery development and fashion need to come together for gaining the maximum value for leather. A Global Alliances with Integrated Networking to GAIN value for Leather is an imminent need.

LERIG 2013 will be centred on this theme, and will evolve a suitable strategy to integrate world’s best practices in leather sector. LERIG 2013 will have four sessions through which technological challenges relating to leather processing and product manufacture as well from environmental constraints would be discussed. LERIG 2013 is also expected to draw expertise from all over the world, who will share their country specific experience relating to strengthening of technology base, technology upgradation and HRD needs. LERIG 2013 is also expected to serve as a platform for networking of trade associations – thus laying a foundation for a meaningful discussion on issues relating to policy, investment and trade..