On 16 February the Italian Association of Leather Chemists elected the Venetian Roberto Mecenero as chairman, replacing the Lombard Ernesto Pisoni, who has been leading it over the last three years.

Born in 1952, with a degree in chemistry obtained in the University of Ferrara, Mecenero has been working in the tanning sector since 1976 and is currently a member of Conceria Dani spa, where he is engaged in  Research and where he is responsible for the purchase of chemical products, for the inspection of materials and contractors. Roberto – called Mariano – Mecenero has been a member of AICC for many years and on the board of directors since 2012.

President, on which fronts do you intend to lead the association?

“My program is inspired by three main guidelines. First of all, we will try to strengthen the dialogue between the various Italian tanning districts to stimulate greater collaboration. Secondly, in continuity with what has been done in the past, we will work on the training theme to encourage the growth of the sector’s tanning culture, which is the main objective of this association, giving support to technicians through the organisation of new seminars and courses on the most stringent topics in the industry. At the same time, the aim is to consolidate and strengthen ties and collaborations with other associations in the supply chain, from the Italian Leather Research Institute to Unic, Assomac, Unpac and Federchimica”.

What is the theme that matters most to you?

“Definitely that of sustainability which is linked to the very future of our sector. On the basis of my experience, the first goal that we all have to face today is to push the research and innovation front to get to a tannery production that is increasingly cleaner and more respectful of the environment, where even waste can be reused with a view to circular economy. If we want to continue working in the fashion world and with brands, we are bound to offer leather products made with low impact manufacturing processes and by using increasingly safer chemicals”.