Answering technical questions of companies and highlighting scientific solutions related to their needs. This is the aim of the nine workshops organised by the Italian Leather Research Institute which took place in November and December 2018 in the industrial districts of Veneto, Tuscany and Campania. In Arzignano, Santa Croce sull’Arno and Solofra, the Italian Leather Research Institute has respectively proposed three meetings on the topics “The future of Italian leather: metal or chromium free tanning”; “The sustainability of leather, REACh and safety in the tanning process”; “Problem of yellowing: causes and possible technical solutions”. The meetings were promoted by the Polytechnic Institute of Leather, the national program of the Institute aimed at consolidating and disseminating the technical culture of leather, integrating education and work systems in the leather supply chain.

Collaboration with the University of Northampton (UoN)

Establishing, developing and supporting a partnership that can bring common benefits in education and research. It is the goal of the Memorandum of Understanding recently signed by the Italian Leather Research Institute (SSIP) and the University of Northampton (UoN). The agreement will last three years and provides the promotion of specialised training for future technicians and managers involved in the tanning industry. UoN and the Italian Leather Research Institute will also be able to cooperate and share staff, based on interests and needs. “We have worked extensively with the University of Northampton – explains the President of the Italian Leather Research Institute, Graziano Balducci – to identify and develop a series of potential areas of mutual benefit for stakeholders and their respective clients”.

Memorandum of understanding with Assomac

The Italian Leather Research Institute has participated in major international trade fairs such as Lineapelle Milan, Ecomondo and Smau. On the occasion of the last Lineapelle, the Italian Leather Research Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Assomac, the national association of shoe, leather and leather goods machines manufacturers, aimed at promoting collaboration for the achievement of their respective institutional objectives. The projects of common interest concern the application and testing of mechatronic innovations in the general framework of Industry 4.0 and the development of application processes aimed at limiting the consumption of resources in the process of leather processing and traceability of the process.

ITS courses

The Institute started, in Veneto, post-diploma specialist courses of “Green Leather Manager”. The courses are designed to train the figures of “Superior technician for the design, transformation and innovation of leather” (1st edition) and “Superior technician for research and development of sustainable products and tanning processes” (II edition) and offer a perspective to those who have finished upper secondary school. Organised by the ITS Cosmo Foundation and the Italian Leather Research Institute, the courses have a two-year duration of 2,000 hours. Soon, ITS courses are scheduled to start also in Campania.