It is more than one year away but we are already starting to talk about the next IULTCS Congress, the XXXVI to be exact, which has been scheduled from 3 to 5 November 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The very important international appointment of leather chemists from all over the world, which is held every two years in a different country, offers as always a highly topical title: “Greening the Leather Value Chain”, that is making the leather supply chain greener.  The so-called “call for papers” is already open: all those interested in presenting a technical or scientific work during the 2021 Congress are invited already now to send an abstract of their presentation to the scientific committee which will examine all requests. The preferred topics will be in the following areas: scientific research, tanning chemicals, low environmental impact technologies, resource saving, fashion and intelligent production of leather goods, progress in terms of sustainability.

Mwinyikione Mwinyhija

As per tradition, the host country, in this case Ethiopia, is entitled to organise the IULTCS Congress. Professor Mwinyikione Mwinyhija is the president in charge and represents the Africa Leather and Leather products Institute (ALLPI), an African intergovernmental organisation that promotes the development of the leather supply chain, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The Congress will be hosted at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, located close to Addis Ababa’s international airport.
Finally, it should be mentioned that immediately before and immediately after the IULTCS Congress in Addis Ababa there will be two other events worthy of note for the leather industry. On 1 November, always in Addis Ababa, the 5th World Leather Congress is scheduled, also organised by ALLPI but in this case in collaboration with the International Leather Council (ICT). After the Congress, instead, exactly from 6 to 9 November, the All Africa Leather Fair (AALF) will take place, the event dedicated to supplies for the leather industry. A triple event that will bring together chemists and tanners from all over the world and which promises to prove to be very interesting for the African leather supply chain and also on a global level.
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