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Intensive leather course UK (July 2023)

Tuesday 18th July 2023 to Wednesday 19th July 2023


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The 2-day course is aimed at manufacturers, sourcing companies and retailers of all types of footwear, leathergoods, gloving, garments, accessories and upholstery. It is ideal for newly appointed, as well as, more experienced technologists, designers and buyers.

Day 1: Understanding, making and using leather

Raw material defects and characteristics – a review of different damage that can be caused on the farm, in transport and at the slaughter house

Hide and skin structures  –  we will investigate how the skins of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs differ in structure and consider selection of appropriate raw material for the final end product

Leather making processes - identifying the key process stages and the importance of them in regards to the properties of the final leather

Leather identification - we will look at the internationally recognised descriptions and definitions for different leather types (such as aniline, semi-aniline, pigmented, nubuck, suede etc) and leather-related materials

Day 2: Selection and use of leather

Leather grading – understanding the importance of reaching agreement on useability of leather between the tannery and the leather product manufacturer

Introduction to testing and specifications – we will look at how these can be used to aid product development, routine quality assurance and help with problem solving

Restricted substance testing and legislation – globally there is legislation relating to restricted chemicals and many brands also produce their own restricted substance lists

Investigating leather problems -  examples of typical customer complaints

The course will be held at SATRA's Office in Kettering, UK.