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World Leather Congress: towards global harmonisation of the leather system.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. November 9th, 2011.

The first “World Leather Congress” can turn out to be an extraordinary opportunity: a small stone thrown into the sea by the International Council of Tanners which could have the potential to cause a tsunami. There is no tanning activity with out bovine, caprine, porcine or ovine hides, and all other species whose hides are treated, including reptiles. This is why it is necessary to think in terms of agricultural breeding policies.

In fact, the raw material is simply a “discard” of the slaughtering activity. Its quite clear that this problem is of particular interest to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Good breeding and slaughtering are essential for producing raw materials. And strictly related to these aspects the first most important topic to emerge and summarize informs of protectionism that limit the free marketing of semi finished products in favor of lobbies that, by controlling the markets, actually restrict their development. And this is where the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which by no coincidence is present in Congress, can step in.

The real tanning phase, the one that turns a discard into a prized finished product, is no longer a problem, even in terms of chemistry’s involvement. What was once a highly contaminating activity can now be safely seen as a completely normal activity, even in ecological terms, on the condition that companies are careful to use production materials and processes that have been proven, with success, in countries where environmental laws are
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stringent. And then there are the tanning discards, from fleshing waste to sludge, which can be recovered and turned into energy with significant economic advantages. The most advanced technologies allow us to do so.

In conclusion, even before becoming extraordinary manufactured products, a strong sociological aspect stands on the top of the tanning activity and this involves – or may involve – the entire planet. That is why this “World Leather Congress” can become a real launching pad for the global harmonization of the leather system. And whoever misses out will suffer the consequences.

Egoism, reluctance, hypocrisy and low interest should be left at home. There is room for everyone. This is the spirit and dream of the Congress. Utopia that, if achieved, can really be a tsunami for the considerable and exciting leather industry.