Understanding Leather

Standard Rate: £270 plus VAT GBP*

At Eurofins | BLC, our technical experts have created a new online leather training course that provides delegates with an overview of leather and the leather production process. This introductory course covers the basics of the leather making as well as the fundamentals of what you need to know before working with leather. Attendees will gain an understanding of everything from raw material, all the way through to finished product; this course is essential for those who are new to working with leather or need their leather knowledge refreshing.

*Discounted rates available for Eurofins | BLC Members and multiple delegate bookings.

Delegates save up to 30% through online training compared with attending a course onsite.

Access: 14 days

Course Highlights

  • Leather Types

    Recognise different leather types and understand their material applications during manufacturing.

  • Leather Production Process

    Gain an overview of how leather is manufactured from rawhide to finished leather.

  • Common Defects in Leather

    Understand the common types of defects found on leather and their causes.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Eurofins | BLC

    • Introduction to Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd.

  • 2

    Leather Structure

    • What is Leather?

    • Raw Material Types

  • 3

    Hide & Skin Defects

    • Hide & Skin Defects

  • 4

    Leather Types

    • Leather Types

    • Leather Types and Finishes

    • Reconstituted Leather and Alternative Materials

  • 5

    Leather Production

    • Raw Hide and Beamhouse Processes

    • Post Tannage Processes

    • Effects and Finishes

    • Tannery Tour

  • 6

    The Importance of Specifications

    • Chemical Specifications

    • Performance Specifications

    • Fingerprinting and Due Diligence

  • 7

    Leather - What can go wrong?

    • Common Leather Problems and Avoidance

    • Common Leather Problems and Avoidance cont'd

  • 8

    Leather Cleaning & Aftercare

    • Leather Cleaning & Aftercare

  • 9

    Course Feedback

    • Course Feedback Survey


This course is delivered by Eurofins | BLC experts.

Managing Director, Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd.

Adam Hughes

Currently, the Managing Director at Eurofins | BLC, Adam has a Master's degree in both Business and Marketing disciplines. He has worked in the leather and footwear industry for over 30 years, working for 10 of those years in leather manufacturing. Joining Eurofins | BLC where he has worked for 24 years, he has further augmented his experience in the leather and footwear supply chain. Adam is passionate about sustainable and transparent sourcing and understands the sensitivities that supply chains present. For more information about Eurofins | BLC visit www.blcleathertch.com

Chemistry Lead & Chem-MAP Technical Manager

Georgina Mawer

Georgina works with the leather, textiles and synthetic sector in the imposition of robust chemical management systems within their supply chains. Georgina supports brands, manufacturers and chemical companies with compliance programmes, due diligence procedures, trouble shooting and technical support on RSL and MRSL listed substances and the accompanying challenges. In addition, Georgina is the Technical Manager for the Eurofins | Chem-MAP Programme; a ZDHC approved MRSL verification system. In this role, Georgina helps to implement upstream chemical management systems within chemical companies, manufacturers, brands, and retailers. For further information on Chem-MAP, visit www.chem-map.com. Prior to joining Eurofins | BLC, Georgina worked in Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) and Quality Control (QC) roles in pharmaceutical laboratories after graduating from the University of Lincoln with a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Forensic Science. For more information about Eurofins | BLC visit www.blcleathertch.com

How to Enroll on a Course

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1. Create an account

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2. Email us to register

Email training@blcleathertech.com to register your interest in a course. If you are a Eurofins | BLC Member or wish to book multiple delegates, you will be entitled to a discounted rate. You will also need to inform us whether you intend to pay by invoice.

3. Confirmation and payment

Our Training Team will enroll you and your colleagues on the course. You will receive an automatic email from us confirming your enrolment and an email from training@blcleathertech.com with instructions on how to pay and access the online course.

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