and skins account for about 10% of the value of an animal and
are potentially important in the generation of cash income for
producers. In order to remain competitive, the EU tanning industry
has specialised in producing high-quality and high-performance
leathers. To sustain this, the industry needs a secure supply
of good-quality raw materials. The general objective is to improve
the quality of hides and skins available to the tanning industry;
this, in turn should bring benefits to the whole production chain
from farmer, to abattoir to tanner, by adding value to an important
measurable objectives within this project.
are three key objectives:
To form a network of prominent researchers from all areas of hide
and skin production.
From this network, research efforts within the consortium will
be co-ordinated to enable studies to be complimentary.
A working document outlining the needs of the industries throughout
the hide and skin supply chain is required and this will be prepared
during the programme. From these general targets several specific
objectives can be detailed as follows:
The establishment of a sustainable network involving European
Increased awareness of the effect of diseases and damage on
the value of hides and skins and the adoption of improved control
The establishment of a computer-based information system for
the World Wide Web.
Increased exchange of information resulting in the development
of improved control methods for the economically important skin
diseases and damage.
The development of a computer-aided training package, detailing
the identification and control of the economically important
diseases and damage that affect the quality of hides and skins.
Organisation of regular meetings to be held every six months.
Organisation of a keynote seminar involving partners in the
project and key personnel from related industries to discuss
the priorities for further research.
A series of leaflets describing economically important skin
diseases and damage will be translated into the languages of
the partner countries.
A newsletter will be published at six-monthly intervals to outline
the current state of research.
A final report will be prepared suggesting research required
to continue hide and skin improvement.
proposed project will establish a network linking those engaged
in research into raw material quality (at the farm, abattoir or
hide market), with those engaged in related work for the leather
industry. It will also prioritise the need for further research
on these factors based on an economic analysis of the potential
increase in returns resulting from improved control. This will
improve the focus of the work already ongoing in the different
institutes represented in the consortium and enhance its relevance
to the livestock producers. The general or long-term objective
of the concerted action is the improvement in the quality of the
hides and skins available to the leather industry. This will be
achieved by identifying the priorities for further research and
exploiting the collective potential of ongoing research activities
in the European Union. The exchange of information and research
materials is a key issue in the success of this project.
project has been under way for two years, and the first four meetings
of partners have been held. Three newsletters have been produced
and distributed, and the fourth is in preparation. The final draft
version of the computer-aided training program has been produced
in English, in preparation for translation into French, German,
Italian and Spanish, and the project website has been developed
2000, a workshop to which a range of key researchers and operators
in the hides and skins sector will be invited, will be held in
June. The computer-aided training program will be completed and
the material collated will also be used to develop information
leaflets on the key types of damage to raw materials.
Leather Technology Centre
+44 1604 67 99 99
+44 1604 67 99 98
- Gustavo Gonzalez QUIJANO
Confederation of National Associations of Tanners
Rue Belliard 3
Tel.: +32 2 512 77 03
Fax: +32 2 512 91 57
- Göran TRUEDSON
C/O Elmo Calf Ab
Tel.: +46 3 251 00 50
Fax: +46 3 256 11 004
- Thomas SCHROER
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Qualitatshaut EV (ADH)
D-60489 Frankfurt Main
Tel.: +49 69 978 431 41
Fax: +49 69 788 000 89
- Giorgio BARGIGGIA
Unione Nationale Industria Conciaria (UNIC)
Via Brisa 3
Tel.: +39 02 80 10 26
Fax: +39 02 86 00 32
- Josep ADZET
Consejo Espanol de Curtidores
Tel.: +34 93 459 33 96
Fax: +34 93 458 50 61
- Pantelis PANTELARUS
Hellenic Tanners Association
180 Piraeus & Lamia Strs.
GR-17778 Tavros, Athens
Tel.: +30 1 346 23 35
Fax: +30 1 346 14 34
- Jean-Jacques DELLAERT
Federatie van Nederlandse Leder Fabrikanten
NL-5000 LG Tilburg
Tel.: +31 13 594 47 78
Fax: +31 13 594 47 49
- Michel ALLUY
Fédération Française de la Tannerie Magisserie
Rue Provence 122
Tel.: +33 1 45 22 96 45
Fax: +33 1 42 93 37 44
- Sari VANNELA
Association of Finnsh Shoe and Leather Industires
Tel.: + 358 9 17 28 41
Fax: + 358 9 17 95 88