In the ever growing world of technology and innovation, a lot of industries around the country have gone through a wave of change. And so have been the leather industry which is a sector that is consistently gaining prominence in the industrial sector. This led to the birth of a handful of institutions over time that had the capability to produce some greatest technicians and engineers in this field like “The Government College of Engineering & Leather Technology”. The College which has been around for hundreds of years, established in the year 1919 with the name of “Calcutta Research Tannery” is regarded as one of the earliest colleges established in the world dedicated to Leather and allied science.The closing ceremony 100 years of celebration went on for three days from 9th to 11th March 2019, which was an amalgamation of education and entertainment. There were a series of technical sessions, Workshops, Seminars, and speeches by prominent Industry Experts & cultural programmes by eminent artists and groups.The three day closing ceremony will witness a series of Technical and Non Technical Seminars, Workshops, Guest speeches, etc in presence of prominent guests from India and abroad, delegates and students. We spoke with Dr. Karl Flower (Ex. Northampton University U.K.), Technical Director at Authenticae
What according to you is the biggest challenge that the leather industry is facing nowadays?
Karl Flower: The biggest challenge is getting an honest message about why leather is so valuable compared to alternatives – especially into the minds of people 30 years and younger. Young people focus mostly on price and the value and luxury of leather should not try and compete here. Young people should automatically should think, “leather – for a little bit extra, I will buy something that is pleasing, natural, and long-lasting”
Please tell us about the latest innovations that are shaping the leather industry.
Karl Flower: Biodegradable leathers that break down in compost within 30 days, that look and feel natural, are an excellent alternative to non-biodegradable plastic products.
What guidance you would like to give to the students of engineering discipline, who can explore leather industry as a career option?
Karl Flower: Chemical, process, mechanical, and electrical engineers are highly valued in the leather industry. Tanneries find enormous value in the engineers skill set. Problem-solving, analytical, and a strong focus on measurement are key skills that engineers bring to tanneries. These are highly prized. Engineers will love the applied nature of tanneries and will love helping tanneries to progress.