For years 10+ Industry Engagement Day at the Institute of Creative Leather

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On Thursday 9th November we shall be hosting our annual Industry Engagement Day at the University of Northampton’s Institute for Creative Leather Technologies. This event provides you and your students with the opportunity to network with key industrial representatives from the leather industry and learn more about the variety of careers available.

Our theme for this year is Counterfeiting and Supply Chain Risk with our special guests from Mulberry and World Leather Magazine leading the sessions in the morning and an industry exhibition in the afternoon.

Schedule of the day:
• Presentations from the industry representatives: 9:30am - 12:45pm
• Industry exhibition: 11:00am - 3pm

There are 100 places available for schools and colleges to send students and the event is aimed at Yr.10 upwards.

An early draft of the timetable is as such

Industry Engagement Day

HLT1 (Talks) & Library Foyer (Fair)

09 November 2017

09:45 Arrival & Registration

10:00 Welcome Rachel Garwood, Director Institute for Creative Leather Technologies

Talks about career paths and case studies by Industry representatives: -

10:15 Eagle Ottawa & Lear Corporation(2016)

10:30 Smit & Zoon (2017)

10:45 Scottish Leather Group (2017)

11:00 Rolls-Royce Motorcars Ltd (2016)

11:15 Break

11:30 Pittards plc (2017)

11:45 **KEY NOTE LECTURE** Mulberry

Counterfeiting & Supply Chain Risk – Title TBC

12:00 Open debate “Faking it! Would you?”

Chaired by World Leather Magazine Editor Stephen Tierney

12:45 Lunch

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11:00 – 15:00 Company Stands in the Library Foyer

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Tannery Tour Available in the afternoon at 12:45 and 13:45

Representitives at the fair currently includes:

Aston Martin

Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd’, the company has developed into an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. Within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and registered with the name, and an icon of the automotive world was born.


French designer and manufacturer of chemicals for the leather industry. ATC has 3 productions sites, each dedicated to speciality chemicals for the leather industry.

Church’s Footwear

High end English footwear manufacturer founded in 1873 by Thomas Church and sons, now owned by Prada and based in Northampton.

Eagle Ottawa/Lear Corporation

Eagle Ottawa is the world’s largest supplier of premium automotive leather, owned by Lear Corporation who is the leading global supplier of automotive seating systems and electrical systems.

ECCO Leather

ECCO Leather operates award-winning tanning facilities in Europe, South East Asia, and the Far East. ECCO Leather’s production network is characterized by clean, secure and flexible operations scaled to suit growing customer needs while ensuring seamless communication with customer-designated finished-goods manufacturers.

Institute for Creative Leather Technologies

The University of Northampton is the only university in the UK to integrate leather technology with fashion, and the only university with a tannery. Industry leading leather experts deliver research, science, technology and supply chain knowledge on an international level. The programme is integrated with the commercial sector, producing industry ready graduates.​

Pittards plc

Established in Somerset in 1826, and one of the remaining tanneries in England, manufacturing and supplying high performance leather for global brands of gloves, shoes, luxury leather goods and sports equipment.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

When Henry Royce was designing the first Rolls‑Royce, a friend advised him to “turn out a reliable car at a low price”. But Royce had other ideas. He sought to turn out “the best motor car in the world regardless of cost”. More than 100 years later, that same desire for perfection is the driving force behind Rolls‑Royce Motor Cars.

Since 1904, they have created instantly recognisable motor cars that have made the marque an icon all over the world.


Scottish Leather Group

The largest manufacturer of leather in the UK consisting of four subsidiaries and a technology company. From raw material to finishing leather plants, they supply leather to top car manufacturers such as Aston Martin and to aviation.

Smit & Zoon Chemicals

Smit & zoon develops and produces chemicals used in the manufacturing and finishing of leather for well-known brands of shoes, cars, furniture, clothes and bags. Based on fish oil as a shared feedstock source, we also have a significant share in the global trade of vegetable and animal oils, used by our customers to produce top brands in pet foods and human consumption.

STAHL Chemicals

Leading company in chemicals for leather products and performance coatings. 1800 employees at 11 manufacturing sites and 38 laboratories in 23 countries.


TUSTING has been part of the English leather trade for five generations (nearly 150 years) and we are now one of Britain’s largest and most highly regarded manufacturers of luxury leather luggage and travel bags, leather briefcases and cabin bags, leather handbags and leather accessories in the country. These premium leather accessories are designed and handcrafted by us here in Britain, in our factory in north Buckinghamshire.

UK Leather Federation

The UK Leather Federation is the trade association for the UK leather industry with the remit to represent, promote and protect the UK leather industry. They are currently involved in a European Commission funded project. Leather is my Job, that aims to raise the profile of the leather industry as a career for young people.

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