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Véronique Saunier established her reputation as a journalist soon after moving to Hong Kong in 1988. As a freelance writer, she has been covering the fashion, leather and fine fibre industries for various magazines including the industry’s leading trend setter WGSN. Her background as a former science and technology writer enables her to interpret in a highly readable manner the way new technologies affect various industries and our lives. She understands and is concerned about the impact the fashion industry has on the livelihood and traditions of animal breeders across the world. A dedicated environmentalist, she tirelessly promotes corporate responsibility and sustainable development as a means of preserving cultural diversity. At the same time she defends the rightful access of local populations to education, healthcare, technological advancements, prosperity and wealth creation. She has played an active part in developing and coordinating the programme of the Cashmere World Forum and of the Global Footwear Retail Conference. A tireless traveler with an extensive experience of living in China, Véronique commutes regularly between Asia and Europe.
Design is all that matters, according to Sappi’s Research Director, Nicholas Yardy. “We really spend a lot of time focusing on haptics, drag, touch and how the customers interact with the things we make. There is a lot of science behind it but at the end of the day, it is how it feels that counts,”
Since its inception in 1973, the Italian machines manufacturer Escomar has seen it all: from the mechanical machine to today’s electronic machines that can be remotely controlled Escomar has participated in the development and the automation of the tannery industry.
The motto of third time winner of the Best of APLF Awards, LSR International is “Let all women wear our shoes”. It is inspired by the freedom of the warm and sunny Italian summers, according to the company’s designer, Andrea Santini.
Complete automation of leather processing enables to save water and energy, to produce consistent quality, to avoid human mistakes and it promotes safety, according to Ralph Arbeid of the Swiss company Huni.
On the occasion of the company’s 125th anniversary of its leather chemicals business BASF’s newly appointed Vice President, Global Business Management, Leather Chemicals, Dr Matthias Halusa reiterated the company’s commitment to the Chinese market.
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