Round Table on REACH

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The REACH Challenge & Innovation in the European Leather Industry

 On 27 October, COTANCE held a Round Table at the highest level of the organised European Leather Industry. It was co-hosted by GERIC, the grouping of European Leather Technology Centres, and focused on the changes that the new EU Chemicals policy has brought about in the Leather business and on the Leather market.

The Leather Industry has experienced significant changes over recent decades. New global players have emerged, supply conditions have mutated and consumption patterns have evolved. New rules affecting the leather trade and industry are forging a new business environment in the sector. REACH in particular opens a new paradigm for doing business in the leather industry not only in Europe, but globally.

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Substances in Articles

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COTANCE Council meeting – Paris, 13 June 2008

The representatives of the Tanning industry of Italy (UNIC), Spain (CEC-FECUR), Germany (VDL), France (FFTM), Sweden (SG), United Kingdom (UK Leather Federation), Netherlands (FNL), Switzerland (VSG), Belgium (UNITAN), Portugal (APIC), Greece (HTA), Bulgaria (BULFFHI), meeting in Paris for the COTANCE Mid-Year Council, reviewed the sector’s preparedness with regard to REACH and expressed their satisfaction with the initiatives launched by a core group of members having developed practical tools for a smooth transition to the new supply conditions of chemicals for Europe’s leather industry.

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