Leather making – Self-learning guide for technicians

Being human resources so crucial for the leather sector’s competitiveness, UNIDO understands the importance of training and skills development.  For competing in the market on quality, product consistency and performance, fashion and service to customers, skilled personnel are essential. The combination of experience and youth, i.e. skilled workers and young applicants, represents the key asset on which the competitiveness of the sector is based. This can be enhanced at sector level by developing continuing vocational training and life-long learning. Appropriate learning tools and learning package is crucial for highly qualified technicians.

UNIDO, in cooperation with the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS), Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (SLTC), has released an extensive guide to leather manufacturing. The 10-part guide, which contains insight on leather making, was created to give aspiring leather technicians a self-training resource for the procedures used in making a wide variety of leathers, including 300 technical diagrams. The study is optimized for mobile or tablet viewing and covers the raw material properties, manufacturing procedures and outcomes, and production of major leather types including: bovine hides; hair sheep and goatskins; wool-bearing sheepskins. The full guide was presented during the XXXVI IULTCS Congress in Ethiopia in November 2021 by the UNIDO leather industry expert, Richard Daniels.

Explore the Guide at Leather Panel portal here.

For further information contact Ivan Kral (I.Kral [at] unido.org)