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TANNET - A Concerted Action for the European Leather Industry (1998-2001)

What is TANNET

TANNET stands for Tanning and Network, an initiative lauched in April 1998 aiming at pooling scientific and technical expertise for the benefit of the European leather industry and supporting thus its economic development and its environmental sustainability.

TANNET II, a continuation project by the same partnership, started in September 2000.

The Objectives

The objectives of the concerted action were:

· To set up a Network of public and private actors concerned with the economic and environmental performance of the leather industry at European scale where sectoral operators can find expert advice, guidance and responses to technological issues.

· To elaborate a strategy for environmental research and technological development based on the tanning industry´s needs

The Network

The European leather industry consists of approximately 3000 tanneries employing directly some 50,000 people. It embraces primarily small and medium-sized tanneries all over Europe although a majority of them are located in the South of Europe.

The network brought together tanners, their representatives, their suppliers and leather manufacturers as well as academia and public authorities. Throughout the duration of the project, the research needs of industry were identified so as to build up a full fledged R&D strategy which allowed operators to remain at the forefront of innovation, quality and environmental performance. In this context, 3 work-shops were held in Italy (Bologna; Lineapelle), Spain (Igualada) and the UK (Northampton) and concentrated on specific sectoral items.

Under the leadership of the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) and COTANCE, the partnership included the leather research centres of UK (BLC), France (CTC), Spain (AIICA), Greece (ELKEDE), Germany (LGR), Portugal (CTIC) and Italy (SSIP) also represented by the Italian leather association (UNIC). These bodies acted as decentralised national focal points nurturing an ambitious network which maintained an ongoing dialogue with private and public actors with a direct interest in the leather sector.


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