A bigger and broader reach for the tanning industry31 January 2018
Lineapelle and Tanning Tech start 2018 on a high note. Leather International looks forward to the two shows that will help set the tone for the year ahead in the tanning industry.
The warm-up acts in London and New York in late January serve as appetisers for Lineapelle’s main event in Milan in the latter part of February. While Tanning Tech looks to consolidate its success from last year, Lineapelle starts 2018 by consolidating figures, leadership and identity.
Having closed 2017 with growth and streamlined international leadership, Lineapelle is beginning 2018 with great momentum, and expectations are high for the 94th edition on 20–22 February at Fieramilano Rho.
At press time, Lineapelle London was about to take place at the Ham Yard Hotel – an informal setting for an exclusive niche event that allows more than 50 top-bracket exhibitors (tanners, accessories and components, fabrics and synthetics) to exhibit their projects to an audience of buyers and style offices from big British brands and emerging designers and stylists.
At the end of the month, the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan’s Chelsea district will host Lineapelle New York, a top-end trade fair for the North American market. Between 31 January and 1 February, Lineapelle New York will welcome 120 exhibitors, which is even more than last year’s edition, which itself required a larger exhibition area than normal.
These two international previews set the stage for the main event for the global leather industry in Europe. Lineapelle94 looks set to outpace last year’s show. Last year saw 1,198 exhibitors and approximately 21,800 visitors, and as of early January, that number of exhibitors was already matched. A must in terms of business and style, Lineapelle94 has a total turnover of more than €150 billion and is developing new concepts to enrich the visitor experience.
During Lineapelle in Milan in October, Simac Tanning Tech set up an intimate 80m² shop in the business lounge with the support of the Italian Trade Agency, and visitors had a close-up view of the opportunities offered by footwear, leather-goods and tanning technology manufacturers, ahead of the February show. ASSOMAC president Gabriella Marchioni Bocca was already looking forward to the next Tanning Tech, and now that organisers are in the final stages before doors open again, exhibitor numbers are showing a healthy increase. “Simac Tanning Tech is constantly evolving thanks to the constant dialogue between technology manufacturers and their clients,” he said.
“The demand for exhibition space has grown, a sign that companies are keen to be seen at their very best, on bigger and more inclusive stands that bring the best of their production to the event and fill the exhibition space to its maximum capacity.”
Focus on 4.0
The annual show has always been a key fixture in the leather calendar and its scope is increasing.. Specifically for this year, Simac Tanning Tech will focus on the means of increasing production efficiency, with particular emphasis on industry 4.0. It will also address ways to minimise some of the environmental impact of leather production, such as the Green Label. Many companies in this sector are responding to increasingly pressing environmental issues, and its organisers believe this event will be the best place to preview the latest methods on the market.
“This event is a unique and unmissable opportunity for encounters, and to cast the spotlight on a dynamic market,” added Bocca. “There is a dynamism expressed by companies through the offer of more efficient and eco-friendly technology, which is now key a factor in remaining competitive on the international scene, and that will be more visible and expressed than ever at the next Simac Tanning Tech.”
Breakthrough products from Tanning Tech 2017 Alpe Spa Officine Meccaniche Matrix
This shaving machine enables thickness adjustment by inverter for centesimal movement. Controlled by a touchscreen, it has a 3,600mm working width and is capable of shaving whole hides.
Alpe Spak Suprema
Wet-blue and lime splitting machine. The wet-blue version features a seventh central motorised point, and seven separate arking points for skin clearing; an eighth motor for splitting thickness positioning; and added pistons that enable the transport roller to be detached for easy cleaning. The lime version, meanwhile, has a head with five points for mechanical arking, with double hydraulic movement.
Patented Solaris technology enables an energy saving of about 30%, as well as a number of advantages in terms of maintenance and uniformity heat.
This digital leather cutting machine has a working area of up to 6.2m long and 2.5m wide. Specifically designed for the large-skin processing, it features an independent dual beam gantry system with multitool cutting heads. Powerful K2 software enables the beams to move freely on the entire working area, and the workload of the two cutting head is smoothed and dynamically balanced so bottlenecks are avoided.
Evolution Tech Evolux
The Evolux Rotary ironing and embossing press has a patented antifold-heating system that avoids thermal shock while maintaining softness and heating the finishing thermoplastic. Deeper embossing is without cutting the leather is possible.
This enables reptile skins to be ironed without removing CITES certification labels.
This a laser projection system for nesting on shining leather. Available in combination with the Zünd -based optical projection technology that was designed for the whole Nestor range, the system is also available for all existing Nestor cutting machines. It also features a: a feeder for sheets and a dedicated configuration for insole manufacturers. ASSOMAC president Gabriella Marchioni Bocca.