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Who is already around on Tuesday evening, June 20, 2017: "De Lind" is a nice promenade in Oisterwijk with lots of bars, restaurants, ...


Wednesday, June 21, 2017
9:00 Doors open, registration & welcome coffee

10:00 Opening session & greetings
Martin Heise, Vorstandsvorsitzende VGCT e. V. (DE), Dr. Haiko Schulz, Geschäftsführer FILK gGmbH (DE)

10:10 The KVL Leather Factory
Kim Knijff, KVL Leerfabriek, Oisterwijk (NL)

10:25 Award ceremony

10:55 Sustainability in leather manufacture – Global initiatives, quality seals and brand requirements
Dr. Martin Kleban, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH (DE)

11:20 Probiotics for leather
Juan-Carlos Castell, Stahl, Paret-del-Vallés (ES)

11:45 Determination of formaldehyde in leather: Revision of the analytical method and how dyes affect
Dr. Sara Cuadros, CSIC, Barcelona (ES)

12:10 Understanding tanning mechanims: Real-time SAXS studies of collagen structure during leather processing
Sujay Prabakar, New Zealand Leather Research Association, Palmerston North (NZ)

12:35 Lunch break

13:30 Shaving and fleshing – Latest developments and techniques
Hanns-Peter Spaniol, Heusch GmbH & Co. KG, Aachen (DE)

13:55 Conditioning of leather after vacuum drying
Marc Oomens, IM Innovating, Dongen (NL) & Dr. Beate Haaser, SÜDLEDER, Rehau (DE)

14.20 Leather lamination with pre-structured adhesives
Ramon Weren, Protechnic, Cernay (FR)

14:45 End of lectures & afterwards council meeting VGCT
from 15:00 Start of Social Programme with dinner afterwards

Thursday, June 22, 2017
09:05 Processing of leather using deep eutectic solvents
Omaymah Alaysuy, University of Leicester, Leicester (GB)

09:30 Influence of the physical-chemical properties of different fatliquoring products on wet-white tanned leather
Olga Ballús, CROMOGENIA UNITS, S.A, Barcelona (ES)

09:55 The relation between fatliquor exhaustion and the pollution burden of the discharged floats
Dirick von Behr, Smit & Zoon, Weesp (NL)

10:20 Chemical oxygen demand – Product exhaustion and the quest for an effluent pollution mass balance
Dr. Jeffry Guthrie-Strachan, TRUMPLER GmbH & Co. KG, Worms (DE)

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 Requirements for raw materials for the food industry
Dr. Helmut Gerlach, Naturin Viscofan GmbH, Weinheim (DE)

11:40 The Dutch integrated calf-leather chain
Twan de Bie, PALI Group, s´Hertogenbosch (NL)

12:05 Interlaboratory tests on heterogeneous materials
Dr. Sascha Dietrich, FILK gGmbH, Freiberg (DE)

12:30 Uhr Conductive leather for smart product application
Wegene Demisie Jima, Leather Industry Development Institute, Addis Ababa (ET)

12:55 Lunch break

13:55 Application of thiol-amino acids in the reductive liming process
Dr. Enno Klüver, FILK gGmbH, Freiberg (DE)

14:20 Innovative active cross-linking agents for sustainable leather manufacturing
Dr. Valentina Beghetto, Università Ca‘ Foscari, Venezia (IT)

14:45 Sustainable enzyme technologies
Christopher Henzel, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH, Leverkusen (DE) & Hanne Høst Pedersen, Novozymes A/S, Bagsvard (DK)

15:10 Tanning with a gallic/ellagic dispersed tannin (GEDT) in combination with a cationic ester (CE) for the production of high performance leather

Eric Poles, Silvachimica S.r.l., San Michele Mondovì (IT)

15:35 End of lectures and fare well

Social Programme

Wedneday, June 21, 2017
15:00 Bus cruise to abbey and brewery "La Trappe" (guided tour and tasting)
from 18:30  Dinner at "Landgoed De Rosep"
Thursday, June 22, 2017
16:00 Ecco Leather Midsummernight Golf Tournament and BBQ (sponsored by ECCO Leather) (please register)