The Society of Leather (SLTC) held its 121st Annual Conference at the University of Northampton on Saturday last, the 21st April. I think I have been back to attend about one third of all them, so I have seem the gradual decline and growth in phases over time. There is no doubt that the leather [...]
I first met Dietrich Tegtmeyer of Lanxess right at the beginning of this century – when Lanxess was still part of Bayer. I was working for ECCO based in Dongen in the Netherlands. We had just moved from our “Portakabins” into the vary vacant feeling new research centre and Hub for the leather side of [...]
In recent years we have become used to meeting students on the University stand at the APLF leather show in Hong Kong. While the European shows in Milan and Paris are important in global terms Hong Kong still remains pre-eminent and is great venue to meet the international leather industry in ways not possible in [...]
We tend to ask leather technicians whether they work in the wet end or in finishing and do not think of other roles. But as Christine Powley Williams made clear when she spoke movingly at Amanda Michel’s funeral, Amanda was rare, if not unique, in her outstanding skills in microscopy and problem solving.
An industry [...]
The National Leather Collection (which used to be called the Museum of Leathercraft), now safely housed on two upper floors of the Grosvenor Shopping Centre in the middle of Northampton, is leading the charge for the total relocation of all things leather in Northampton back to the town from the periphery. It feels appropriate after [...]
Given that our Corium Club alumni are all scientists to a greater or lesser degree many who read this will also be reading this week’s editorial in the New Scientist. If not it is worth buying the magazine for.
The point it makes is short and simple: “democracy needs experts”. This comes from the fact [...]
I heard this morning that Chris Wade died on the 16th June. He had a long and distinguished career do will be known by many in the trade. I met him first in El Salvador when he visited us while working for K Shoes and we spent a few days looking round our shoe factories [...]
When the EU social partners COTANCE and the European trade union, IndustriALL meeting took place in Glasgow last December to discuss the future of the European Leather industry Federico Brugnoli, Consultant from Spin 360, made the point that the amounts of money put into lobbying in various industries is very large, and that even in [...]
Over the last ten years I have become very identified with the University here, even although my involvement has always been part time and quite marginal. It is odd as it means I get identified as an “academic’ whereas all my career has been factory based and it is in the factory where I am [...]
For those of us who were at APLF and heard the Vice Chancellor’s major statement on the move to the new Campus the excitement of the potential for leather in Northampton has been growing.
While it is easy to get depressed by the last fifty years of relentless Northampton decline in the 20th century the [...]