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Building Trust: TCL

Building Trust Textile-Clothing-Leather

The European social partners [COTANCE, EURATEX and ETUF:TCL] are currently engaged in a project - with the support of the European Commission - aimed at building the capacity of the Textile-Clothing-Leather social partners in the New Member States and Candidate Countries.

The portal for this project hosts the latest news and documents, and can be visited here:


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COTANCE Council meeting – Paris, 13 June 2008

The representatives of the Tanning industry of Italy (UNIC), Spain (CEC-FECUR), Germany (VDL), France (FFTM), Sweden (SG), United Kingdom (UK Leather Federation), Netherlands (FNL), Switzerland (VSG), Belgium (UNITAN), Portugal (APIC), Greece (HTA), Bulgaria (BULFFHI), meeting in Paris for the COTANCE Mid-Year Council, reviewed the sector’s preparedness with regard to REACH and expressed their satisfaction with the initiatives launched by a core group of members having developed practical tools for a smooth transition to the new supply conditions of chemicals for Europe’s leather industry.


Round Table on REACH

The REACH Challenge & Innovation in the European Leather Industry


  On 27 October, COTANCE held a Round Table at the highest level of the organised European Leather Industry. It was co-hosted by GERIC, the grouping of European Leather Technology Centres, and focused on the changes that the new EU Chemicals policy has brought about in the Leather business and on the Leather market.

The Leather Industry has experienced significant changes over recent decades. New global players have emerged, supply conditions have mutated and consumption patterns have evolved. New rules affecting the leather trade and industry are forging a new business environment in the sector. REACH in particular opens a new paradigm for doing business in the leather industry not only in Europe, but globally.


IP Awareness and Enforcement

IP Awareness and Enforcement: Modular Based Actions for SMEs
COTANCE produces a Handbook on Intellectual Property Rights for the leather sector

Counterfeiting and piracy causes significant damage to industrial operators and business in many sectors. Fashion sectors, such as Textiles and Leather, are particularly affected. Seizures at borders and on the maket have increased in frequency over recent years reveiling a concerning trend, yet this is only the 'tip of the iceberg'.

According to the European Commission, SME's, notably in traditional sectors, are often unaware of their rights and on how to defend them. In order to redress the situation the EU has launched a series of information actions, campaigns and projects in this field, including the IP-Base Project.

The project is a multi-million Euro Project coordinated by the University of Alicante and involving the National Patent Offices of EU Member States. ---> Information note on the Project


Terms of Payment

Terms of Payment - Guidelines

adopted by COTANCE, Paris, 13 June 2008

Introduction – Why this document ?

Credit for business has become increasingly difficult and costly, notably in traditional sectors composed by SME’s such as the leather industry, in particular since Basel II. Although European tanners and dressers are always ready to support the success of their customers in any possible way, including the facilitation of a reasonable period for receiving their dues, many of them have suffered or witnessed difficulties in their balance sheets due to excesses by some clients.


Self-Training Kit

Self-Training Kit for the Leather Industry

STKThe Self Training Kit for the leather industry was completed in 2003 under the EU Leonardo programme coordinated by the Portuguese research centre (CTIC), with partners including COTANCE, ETUF:TLC, UKLF, LGR, ELKEDE, the Polish PCSLI, and Scalconsult.
The STK for the Leather Industry is available in 5 different languages (Portuguese, English, German, Polish, Greek) and aims at three particular professional profiles within the industry, Foremen, Sorters & Graders and Salesmen, although it is prepared to be used by anyone in the industry or anyone interested in knowing more about the Leather Industry.

Each STK consists of a manual, covering several modules and self-assessment questionnaires that will help in pinpointing the modules where skills would benefit from further enhancement. The STK also contains final assessment questionnaires that will help the employee understand whether he has progressed to a stage where he is competent in the modules identified as critical by the training needs self-assessment.

The modules in the STK are dedicated to the following subjects:
Leather Technology | New technologies | Quality Control | Health and Safety at work | Environmental technologies | Production Management | Maintenance | Team Work | European Law | Marketing | International Trade Rules.

The STK contents are available in a paper version – Dossiers – and also in a digital version – CD-ROM. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the STK may contact us or one of the other partners.

Please note that the English version of the STK has run out.