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BLC and ILM Announce Date for 2017 London Leather Sustainability Conference

BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd
International Leather Maker (ILM)
are delighted to announce the date of the
Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference
on 16th November 2017.

This half-day leather sustainability conference will be held at One Great George St, Westminster, London.

This leather sustainability conference is built on the success of previous conferences and highlights the importance of sustainability within the leather supply chain.

Conference agenda

The preliminary agenda includes exciting topics such as:

– Implementing MRSL compliance within the chemical manufacturing sector

– How the textile industry can help us implement better chemistry for raw materials suppliers

– A circular economy case study highlighting how wet blue waste can make the substrate

– Moderated Supply Chain Panel Discussion

Other hot topics in the leather industry that will also be presented include modern slavery, traceability and sustainable materials.

Who should attend?

BLC and ILM welcome attendees from a variety of backgrounds who have a connection with the leather industry.

The Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference is ideal for brands and retailers who use or sell leather products with a focus on reducing the environmental impact of leather and leather making.

Leather specifiers, technical staff and buyers related to leather will find this leading industry event both insightful and forward-thinking.

Register your place today

Don’t miss out on this leading leather and sustainability conference.
View further information on the BLC website
today and register your attendance by contacting Deborah Taylor at
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Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference 2016

Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference 2016

This year BLC and APLF will once again be hosting a Conference in Hong Kong and this year’s focus will be on the challenges and opportunities that surround the theme of sustainability in the leather supply chain.

Topics for presentation to include:

  • Waste water and effluent discharge standards
  • Leather MRSL; understanding and implementation
  • Traceability and split leather
  • Future technologies; Bio-Engineered leather, DNA systems
  • Animal Welfare Challenges
  • Waste management and Upcycling

As you would expect from this annual conference, there promises to be an Agenda of influential and well respected speakers who will deliver thought provoking and forward thinking presentations to engage and inspire for the future of the leather industry.

For further information please visit
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Leather and Sustainability in Retail Conference 2015

Keeping up to date with current legislation and the latest advances in environmental performance from leather and leather products is increasingly important in todays marketplace.

For many brands and retailers it is more challenging to keep-up with or ahead of the latest information on this complex but much loved material.

International Leather Maker (ILM) and BLC Leather Technology Centre have teamed up to provide a new half day conference to address these key issues and aimed at the whole leather industry, with a focus on brands and retailers that are seeking information on sustainability in the leather supply chain.

Speakers will include international:

  • Brands and retailers
  • NGO’s
  • Technical organisations
  • Leather manufacturers
  • Chemical and equipment manufacturers

For Further information please visit
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New textile labelling rules for fur and leather

New textile labelling rules were approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday 11 May 2011.

The new rules state that any use of animal-derived materials will have to be clearly stated on product labels. Consumers often find it hard to distinguish between real or fake fur/leather; the new labelling rules will now allow easy identification of real fur or leather when purchasing products. This will be beneficial for allergy sufferers, for whom fur is a potential health hazard, as well as for consumers who wish to avoid fur products for ethical reasons.

Companies will have two and half years to adapt to the new labelling rules following publication of the regulation in the Official Journal of EU law.

Please click the link for more detailed information on
New textile labelling rules for fur and leather

If you would like further information on leather-related issues, please contact BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd at
or call +44 (0) 1604 679999.
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BLC sponsors the Corium club meeting

BLC sponsors the Corium club meeting in Hong Kong during the Asia Pacific Leather Fair. Join BLC and the corium club for drinks Wednesday 30 March: HKCEC Room N206-N208

16.30 Press Conference

17.00 Drinks with the press and opportunity to meet Corium Club sponsors and supporters

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Visit BLC at APLF – Stand ZA01/UK

Sit down with our experts on the BLC stand
to discuss how we can help you with your leather and footwear needs
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Sourcing, Safety and Sustainability Conference, Hong Kong

BLC are holding a half day international conference ‘Sourcing, Safety and Sustainability in the leather and materials supply chain’. The conference will take place during the Asia Pacific Leather Fair in Hong Kong on Thursday 31 March 2011.

Consumer and environmental legislation is constantly changing and it is vital in the global marketplace for retailers, brands and manufacturers to ensure that materials and products meet local, national and international requirements. A further complexity revolves around the need to ship products around the world and the associated problems including mould issues and logistical challenges.

A selection of International experts and brands will offer a global perspective and opportunity to share their experiences in relation to the following issues:

• Mould risk, management and solutions

• Mould prevention during leather processing

• Transparency and traceability in the supply chain

• Chemical safety compliance in the US and Europe

• Product material eco-metrics (eco-index)

• Global shipping challenges

• Manufacturing shifts in China

• Hide markets

• Leather naturally, a global forum for leather promotion

This event will provide a unique opportunity for all areas of the global leather supply chain to gather valuable knowledge on the leather industry and the challenges of trading profitably in today’s business environment.

The event is being co-hosted by APLF and sponsored by Micro-Pak Limited, Thor Specialties and Stahl International with Leather International as media partner. The event will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre during the Asia Pacific Leather Fair.

Click here
to register for the conference or for further information contact or
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BLC Sponsors 2010 Footwear Friends’ Designer Awards

BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd will sponsor the 2010 Footwear Friends’ Awards.

The awards are now in their fourth year and in that time have been recognised as an important way of spotting and rewarding British design talent.

Footwear Friends, the industry charity, has been established for nearly 175 years and has a proud record of helping those most in need in the trade. These sponsored awards also enable Footwear Friends to support young entrepreneurs who will be the future lifeblood of the industry.> Read More…

Trader punished for misdescription of garments

Trading Standards have recently prosecuted a trader selling fake garments, which were made of synthetic materials and labelled ‘real leather’. The retailer concerned received a 28 day custodial sentence.

When purchasing a leather garment, bag or other item described as leather, look for the leathermark which indicates that it is in fact genuine leather.

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Footwear and Leather Retailers Show Strong Growth in January

Although the UK officially crawled out of recession in the final quarter of 2009, shoe and leather goods retailers were one of only two sectors to record strong annual sales growth in January (the other being grocers). Shoes and accessories such as leather belts have typically sold well during a downturn, as consumers look to update their style by accessorising existing outfits. Theorists have suggested that shoppers have turned away from ‘disposable’ fashion and are looking to invest in classic pieces in materials that will last. > Read More…

Major Footwear Brands to Speak at Eco Trends Conference

Representatives from Nike and Adidas will speak at the Eco Trends in Leather conference during the APLF in Hong Kong this March 30th.

The half day conference, sponsored by Lanxess and co-organised by BLC and APLF, will address issues such as deforestation and traceability, green chemicals, restricted substances in leather and eco design. It is a must for anyone involved in the leather supply chain. For more information visit
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Leather training courses in Hong Kong in January

BLC are pleased to be able to offer several leather training courses in Hong Kong during January 2010. For dates and more information please visit
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December’s Leather Training Courses from BLC

Mould is a common problem in leather. This half day workshop on 3rd December provides an insight into its causes and prevention. For more information click here. Read More…

Reach training courses in India and Mexico

BLC have been contracted to present a series of training courses on the new EU REACH legislation. BLC have been selected as one of the premium suppliers of technology advice and support to the footwear and leathergoods sector. If you would like further information on BLC chemical testing and support please contact Read More…

BLC receives CPSC approval for lead testing

A new bill has just been signed into US law. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (HR4040) targets lead in children’s products giving new limits, and also gives a lower restriction for lead in paint and surface coatings. The law covers mandatory Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) approved third party testing and the use of tracking labels and product registration cards. All effective dates for requirements are based on the enactment date of August 14, 2008. Read More…

Dimethylfumarate (DMF) Legislation

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Nike and BLC to co host seminar in Donguan, China Dec 9th 2009

BLC partner Nike in this restricted substance seminar at the Sheraton Hotel, Donguan 9th December 2009. The seminar presented by BLC staff is designed to help Nike suppliers better understand the importance of RSL management, what substances need to be monitored why the substances are restricted and how to correct failures when they occur. Please note the conference is only available to Nike suppliers or affiliates and is aimed at advising and supporting in RSL compliance and corrective action. Read More…

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