Saturday, 01 June 2013

International workshop on sustainable production in leather processing industry held in Turkey

BURSA, Turkey, 1 June 2013 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Turkey, through the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and the Bursa Test and Analysis Laboratory (BUTAL), are hosting an international workshop on sustainable production in the leather processing industry in the Turkish city of Bursa from 28 May to 7 June.

Some 20 delegates from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Zimbabwe are attending the workshop, which aims to promote knowledge and understanding of sustainable production in the leather processing industry and in sustainable technologies.

Participants will learn about the challenges related to planning, design, financing and implementation at the recently established Bursa Leather Industrial Zone which has 'state of the art' central effluent treatment plant. Several countries, including Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Pakistan, are currently planning or constructing new tannery zones. Learning about the experience of their colleagues in Turkey will allow them to avoid possible mistakes and increase efficiency of leather companies in their countries.
The participants also had the opportunity to attend the XXXII International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) World Congress held in Istanbul and to establish closer contacts and cooperation with IULTCS.

The workshop is supported by the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), and the Turkish Ministry of Development.
For more information, please contact

Ivan Kral

UNIDO Industrial Development Officer

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