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Mike Redwood is the spokesperson for the LeatherNaturally! programme being developed by the world's top tanneries to promote leather as a high quality sustainable material. He is the Visiting Professor for Leather at the University of Northampton and is a Teaching Fellow in Marketing at Bath University. Originally a leather chemist he has spent his career in tanneries, footwear and sports companies moving through technical and general management to eventually focus on marketing and innovation. He has held senior positions in companies such ADOC, Pittards, FootJoy and ECCO working in Italy, The Netherlands and Latin America before returning to his home in the UK.
New materials will continue to be needed alongside leather, and the industry fully accepts that life will become more competitive. We believe that all materials should be objectively evaluated and presented with full transparency and The Economist is in danger of damaging our important industry by describing it in the negative terms it uses in its recent piece, 'Growing Leather in Factories' and Leather Naturally has therefore responded.
Life is like a curate’s egg and so can trade shows. Short periods of quiet interspersed with manic periods of business. Certainly this characterises the second day.
The 20th edition of the ACLE began with some 750 delegates mentally exhausted by an outstanding Day minus one at the 3rd World Leather Congress.
The days before the start of this year’s APLF, Hong Kong bathed in sunshine and blue skies, a rare sight for this city in recent years but one that perhaps signalled three very positive show days ahead at the major global trade show for the leather industry.
APLF 2017 - Day 2 Commentary: While the first day saw attendees letting their preconceptions dominate the show reality appears to have arrived with a vengeance on Day 2. Crowds were up on yesterday although serious exhibitors have come to ignore the numbers; they only want to meet the serious visitors. These were present and arrived carrying orders and prepared to set up programmes.
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