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DERMAGENESIS (2003-2008)

Coordinated by Conciaricerca Italia Srl, the project addressed the most prominent issues of European Tanneries: availability, quality and yield of raw material, as well as pollution prevention and control. Other partners are UNIC, COTANCE, Consejo Espanol de Curtidores, BLC, the Association of the Hungarian Leather and Shoe Industry, the Associazione Calzaturifici Riviera del Brenta, eight SMEs and six RTD performers.

The major goal was to develop a new, cost effective bio-manufacturing process for the production of a smart, innovative product, tailored for the specific needs of footwear manufacturers, to be used as raw material by tanneries, that will guarantee: controlled biochemical composition, standard and consistent quality, process yield increase, substitution of chemical with high tech biological processes, 50 – 60% reduction in water consumption and in pollution loads.

The 4-year project started in January 2004. After a six-month extension period, it came to its conclusion in July 2008. At the time of writing, the technology that has been developed is being patented. The results have somewhat deviated from initial expectations. However they are significant for the sector. Besides the patent, the European tannery will benefit from interesting spin-off that is now on-line on a specific web-site. They concern a new tanning process and new knowledge at the level of the skin structure that will allow a better use of chemicals in the production processes.

--> check out the Dermagenesis website.


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.


The SEETAL project

SEETAL stands for : EU Acquis familiarisation and organisational strengthening of South-Eastern European Business Representative Organisations of the Textile, Apparel and Leather Sectors.

After the successful completion of the first Perfect Link project, the EU textile and leather associations, EURATEX and COTANCE, started a similar project for Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Turkey (only textiles).

The general aim of this project is to improve capacities and skills of participating BROs to support member as well as non-member companies to comply with and take advantage of those issues of the acquis that are most relevant to the textile/clothing and leather industries.

Actions included:

* Specialised seminars on acquis subjects for BROs staff and local specialists relevant for the textile, clothing and leather sector
* Follow-up Assistance to each BROs.
* Organisation of national public events
* Establishment of a one-stop-shop service

The project started in 2008 and lasted for 18 months, until mid-2009.

One Leather Training

One Leather Training goes on line

(2005-2007) On 3rd October 2005 Europe’s leather research and training centres together with a number of European leather trade associations launched in Naples, at the SSIP, the start of “ONE LEATHER TRAINING”, a EU supported project that will develop, over the next two years, a multilingual Internet platform capable of delivering professional training and skills development for tannery workers and managers as well as initial training to unemployed people and first job seekers.

The project partners are CTIC (Portugal), LGR (Germany), ELKEDE (Greece), UK Leather Federation (former BLC, United Kingdom), PIPS (Poland), AIICA (Spain), SSIP (Italy) and ICPI (Romania). COTANCE and ETUF-TCL, the respective employers and workers organisations at EU level, as well as Scalconsult, a consultancy specialised in innovative training systems, will assist them.


Social and Environmental Reporting

A social project for the European Leather Industry (2008-2010) 

After a long preparatory phase and fruitful discussions and negotiations within the Committee of the Social Sectoral Dialogue Leather/Tanning, the Social Partners of the European Leather Industry approved in their Committee Meeting held on 17 June 2008 a Framework Agreement on Social and Environmental Reporting.

This document introduces a Standard for reporting Social and Environmental parameters relevant for the sector's SME's. It constitutes an innovation in the Social Sectoral Dialogue that follows up on the adoption of the Social Code of Conduct/Framework Agreement of the Sector's Social Partners signed in 2000. The Reporting Standard allows companies to draw up their Social Declaration in a harmonised fashion. Being a Standard reporting guide, it will allow at term to prepare a European Report on Social and Environmental performance.

The Social Reporting Project constitutes the first step of the Social Partners' implementation activities as indicated in the Framework Agreement. It consisted in translating the Framework Agreement in the various EU languages and providing a Template for facilitating the companies to draft their Social and Environmental Declaration.

This document has been printed in about 2000 copies so that the sector's most dynamic companies send them out to their customers.
All the linguistic versions of the Framework Agreement are available on this web-site.


Please send the dedicated website for more information and follow-up: