Creative Leather Technologies

Press release 24 January 2011

Innovation at Northampton

New ways of studying Leather Technology at Northampton

From September 2012 The University of Northampton will offer its undergraduate programmes in Leather Technology internationally by flexible modes of learning. This will be achieved through the new Institute for Creative Leather Technologies.

Northampton courses will be delivered in collaboration with key strategic partners around the world allowing students to gain a quality assured University of Northampton qualification in their home country. Agreements are already in place with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore and the Associazione Culturale Olga Fiorini in Milan. Negotiations are underway with institutions in India, China and Brazil.

This new flexibility will support modular, accredited CPD, making Northampton courses and qualifications much more accessible to those already working in the leather and leather-using industries.

As these exciting new programmes are being rolled out, the University’s portfolio of traditional, full-time courses in Leather Technology will be slimmed down, allowing the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies to focus its physical resources on accredited CPD for industry, leading to formal qualifications, and multi-disciplinary research and development.

To support this, following the £800k upgrading of the tannery and public areas of the Leathersellers’ Centre (co-funded by the University and the Leathersellers’ Company), a new research laboratory will be created in the Centre during summer 2011.

Vice Chancellor Professor Nick Petford sees the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies leading the way for the University in the development of novel and innovative modes of course delivery to meet the professional development and employment needs of industry both in the UK and internationally.

Dr Mark Wilkinson
Director: Institute for Creative Leather Technologies


Award for Tanfast


TANFAST, the new technology for rapid continuous tanning and low water discharge, was awarded by Legambiente, Lombardy Region and Confindustria on November 16, 2010 in the Pirelli Hall of the Lombardy Region.

TANFAST was developed by Conciaricerca (private body of experimentation, connected to the Italian tanning association UNIC) together with AIICA, the Spanish tanning technical institute. The innovation makes possible to treat hides and skins dehydrated using a special patented process in a linear machine equipped with a bath tank, where the tanning solution works in minutes, processing hides and skins in a continuous way until all the liquid has been absorbed. In addition to tanning, the technology may be used to re-tanning, dyeing and fatliquoring, reducing in that way water, chemicals, energy consumption.

Conciaricerca is coordinating the transfer in the market of the innovation, which may be viewed and tested at Spazio Tech, the test area with machinery prototypes in Milan, via Trasimeno 8 (for information call the tel. nr. +39 02 8807711 or write an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Milan, November 18, 2010


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