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Defence of "Leather"


COTANCE speaks up for the defence of the term "Leather" in Hong Kong

Interview at ‘What’s in a name?’

New UNIC Presidency

COTANCE Vice-President RINO MASTROTTO, New President of UNIC

mastrottoOn 23 June the Assembly General of Italian tanners took place in Milano (Italy). The delegates elected as new Chairman for the 2011-2013 mandate Veneto tanner Rino Mastrotto, head of the Rino Mastrotto Group S.p.A., one of the world’s largest tanneries.

At the end of 1998, Mr. Mastrotto chose to merge some of the most important companies he led into a single entity, the Rino Mastrotto Group. These companies were Basmar, Pomari, Calbe, Brusarosco and Galassia. The unified organization has 1,100 employees and generates consolidated sales of €250 million. Over the last decade, Rino Mastrotto has also led a series of international transactions that have resulted in the acquisitions of the tanneries Bermas Maracanau in Brazil, the Rino Mastrotto Group Vietman, and Elmo Leather in Sweden, in addition to a number of sales offices in China, Paraguay, Australia and Hong Kong.

Assisting the new chairman for the next two years will be four deputy chairmen:
Graziano Balducci (outgoing chairman – Antiba, S. Croce sull’Arno PI); Franco Donati (Lufran – D & Co. Consortium, S. Croce sull’Arno PI); Giuseppe Walter Peretti (Cristina, Montebello Vicentino VI); and Gianni Russo (Russo di Casandrino, Casandrino NA).


Membership to ICT

In Rome, COTANCE clears the way to ICT accession

The representatives of the European Leather Industry meeting in Rome for its Annual Assembly acknowledged the adoption by ICT of its new statutes. They understand that these renovated articles of association are capable of promoting the good governance of the global leather industry and expressed unanimously their will to join the organisation at the next possible opportunity.

High distinction for Mr Batigne

Haute distinction pour le Président du Conseil National du Cuir 

BatigneMonsieur Paul BATIGNE a été promu Chevalier dans l'ordre de la Légion d'Honneur et recevra officiellement cette distinction le 26 mai à la Préfecture du Tarn. Cette nomination récompense plus de 40 années passées dans la filière cuir, dont 8 en tant que Président du CONSEIL NATIONAL DU CUIR, de la SEMAINE INTERNATIONALE DU CUIR et PDG de la SIC SA.

Monsieur Paul BATIGNE est Président Directeur Général de la société SABIN SA, spécialisée dans le négoce des cuirs et peaux. Auparavant, il a dirigé l'entreprise familiale de Mégisserie pendant près de 40 ans. Il est par ailleurs Président du Syndicat de la Mégisserie Française, Vice-président de la FFTM (Fédération Française de la Tannerie Mégisserie), Administrateur et Vice-président de CTC (Comité Professionnel de Développement Cuir, Chaussure, Maroquinerie).

Monsieur Batigne fut également membre de la Présidence de COTANCE entre 1996 et 2002.


Mr Paul Batigne was promoted "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" and will officially receive this high national distinction on 26 May. This nomination rewards 40 years spent in the service of the leather industry, among which 8 years as President of the Conseil National du Cuir, SEMAINE INTERNATIONALE DU CUIR and CEO of SIC SA.

Mr Paul Batigne is CEO of the SABIN SA company, specialised in the trade of hides and skins. Before that, he had been managing the family tanning business for 40 years. He is also President of the Syndicat de la Mégisserie Française, Vice-president of the FFTM (Fédération Française de la Tannerie Mégisserie), Administrator and Vice-president of CTC (Comité Professionnel de Développement Cuir, Chaussure, Maroquinerie).

Mr Batigne was also a member of the COTANCE Presidency between 1996 and 2002.

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Award for Tanfast


TANFAST, the new technology for rapid continuous tanning and low water discharge, was awarded by Legambiente, Lombardy Region and Confindustria on November 16, 2010 in the Pirelli Hall of the Lombardy Region.

TANFAST was developed by Conciaricerca (private body of experimentation, connected to the Italian tanning association UNIC) together with AIICA, the Spanish tanning technical institute. The innovation makes possible to treat hides and skins dehydrated using a special patented process in a linear machine equipped with a bath tank, where the tanning solution works in minutes, processing hides and skins in a continuous way until all the liquid has been absorbed. In addition to tanning, the technology may be used to re-tanning, dyeing and fatliquoring, reducing in that way water, chemicals, energy consumption.

Conciaricerca is coordinating the transfer in the market of the innovation, which may be viewed and tested at Spazio Tech, the test area with machinery prototypes in Milan, via Trasimeno 8 (for information call the tel. nr. +39 02 8807711 or write an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Milan, November 18, 2010

New Thermal Energy Plant for SLG

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal launches new £6m thermal energy plant
World First for Leather Industry - making leather without costing the earth

Princess AnneToday, (15 July, 2010), Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, visited Scottish Leather Group to officially open its unique £6m Thermal Energy Plant (TEP) based at its manufacturing site in Bridge of Weir, Glasgow. The plant is a world first in the industry, as the Group continues to lead the way in sustainable low carbon leather manufacturing.
The Group comprises Bridge of Weir Leather Company Limited, Andrew Muirhead & Son Limited, NCT Leather Limited, W J & W Lang Limited, specialist suppliers to the interior and transportation seating industries worldwide and are the largest manufacturer of bovine leather in the UK, employing some 500 people, with a turnover of £65 million.
In 2008, SLG Technology Limited was formed, to provide separate non -leather making activities including IT, health & safety, accounting, insurance, treasury and environmental services.
The Princess was shown around the fully-commissioned TEP which will use the 30,000 tonnes of waste generated by the Group’s subsidiaries to generate approximately 45m kW per year. The power will be used to run the Group’s plant, tannery and factory in Bridge of Weir.
Eight new jobs have been created in SLG Technology Limited, which will operate the plant.
Jonathan Muirhead, chairman, Scottish Leather Group, commented: “Quite simply, this new plant, which has been 10 years in the planning, will allow us to make leather without costing the earth. The process will take waste from our subsidiaries, which previously went to landfill, and turn it into heat and steam which the factory needs for drying leather and heating water. It will also produce oil from the skin grease, which will be used as fuel and the final waste product, a mineral ash, will be sold on to the construction industry.