A visionary leader of the leather industry in Spain, Silvino Navarro Vidal, has died. He was 92, reports Leatherbiz.
The late Silvio Navarro Vidal
In a fitting tribute, the industry’s representative body in the European Union, COTANCE, said Mr Navarro had been instrumental in putting Spain on the map for bovine leather.
He was born in the province of Alicante but moved to nearby Valencia when his father bought a share in a tannery there. After studying leather technology in Igualada, Silvino Navarro Vidal joined his father in the running of the company, which some years later took the name it is still widely known by today, Incusa.
He was active as a business leader in Valencia and across Spain. He was the inaugural president of Valencia business organisation AVE and a founding member of national business and employers’ organisation CEOE and worked hard to set up a foundation that, in time, became national science, research and entrepreneurship programme, the Rei Jaume I Awards.
In the leather industry, he was president of Spain’s leather chemists’ association AQUEIC from 1960 to 1966 and president of national tanning industry body CEC (later Acexpiel) from 1978 to 1982.
When Spain became a member of the European Union in 1986, Silvino Navarro pushed quickly for its leather industry body to join COTANCE and he was one of the organisation’s vice-presidents between 1989 and 1996.
“He was one of the founding fathers of a reborn COTANCE,” said the organisation’s secretary general, Gustavo Gonzalez Quijano, in a statement, “reshaping the European organisation to become the leading international industry body it is now.”