Up early for the New Year

The new year has rushed upon with great speed and for many plans are afoot to get to Istanbul and for others to Chennai for the January trade fairs, That is quite apart from those that need to be at ispo, or the US Fairs from the Outdoor Retailer (always one of my favourites for new ideas) to the PGA golf show. For some it can be nearly eight weeks away.  I remember Lucy Kellaway complaining in her Financial Times column about some adidas employee having an email response that basically said “away until Easter” not realising that for many this was actually quite true.  I must say that I rarely use such notices as I do try and answer messages on the go.  Even adidas can afford a Blackberry.

Chennai this year will be important as we are combining with Fashion in a move that helps demonstrate the value of the new ICLT.  There will be a stand and hopefully between all the big parties and fashion events that are part of being at the AILF there will be a Corium event. Check with Paul Evans or via Facebook if you are going to be in Chennai.

In April the University is hosting two conferences:

From Hide to High Street – Leather Innovation
24 – 25 April 2012, Sunley Conference Centre, Northampton, UK

The Textile Institute Fashion & Technology Special Interest Group in conjunction with TI Corporate Member, The University of Northampton, are pleased to announce a seminar on leather and its applications. The seminar will take place on Wednesday 25 April, preceded by an evening reception on Tuesday 24 April.  It is designed to build relationships and exchange ideas between industry and educational practitioners. The programme will cover aspects of product design, development and production of leather, footwear, clothing and accessories.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Reg Hankey, CEO, Pittards: ‘Adapting to global market environment’.
Guy West, Jeffrey West Shoes: ‘Farm, Fork & Footwear’.

This sounds like a quite exceptional event and builds our relationships out into an adjacent and closely associated industry, which will likely benefit from our short courses and other evolving CPD (Continuous Professional Development)

Three days later we will be back for the SLTC Conference which is also at the University, followed by a Dinner at a hotel in town.  A really good agenda has been put together which we have just seen.  Here it is:

SLTC 115th Annual Conference 28th April 2012

10.00 – 11.00 WOLSTENHOLME MEMORIAL LECTURE
Professor Basil Kadarsis, The Museum of Leathercraft

11.15 – 11.45 The Value of Hides
Howard Johnson, Adelaide SpA (UK) Ltd

11.45 – 12.15 Efficient Optimisation of Resources
Stephen Trantum, Trumpler GmbH Co.KG

12.15 – 12.45 Machinery in Transition
Colin Clark, Beamhouse Engineering

13.30 – 14.00 A Modern Semi-Rapid Vegetable Tanning with High Exhaustion
Eric Poles, Silvachimica S.R.L.

14.00 – 14.30 CO2 High Pressure Tanning
Manfred Renner, Fraunhofer Institute

14.30 – 15.00 Chromium in Sediments Along the River Nene
Simon Pulley, The University of Northampton

15.15– 15.45 Impact of Construction Products Regulation on Leather Used in Interior Design
Jackie Glasspool, SATRA Technology Centre

15.45– 16.15 Supply Chain Traceability
Hilary Thompson, The Forest Trust

20.00 – 01.00 SLTC Annual Dinner Dance at the Park Inn, Silver Street, Northampton, NN1 2TA

Another great event by the sounds of it.  Numbers have been growing again at the SLTC so let us make this a record year.

Mike Redwood
5th January 2012

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