Society was formed to encourage interest in all branches
of the leather industry and it covers both the theoretical
and practical interests of not only those involved in making
leather but also the hide and skin trades, machinery, chemical
and dye and finish manufacturers as well as allied industries
such as effluent treatment. The interests of the Society
cover chemistry of course but also physics, management,
microscopy, bacteriology and engineering.
The origins of the Society go back to 1897 when the first
ever international conference of leather chemists was held
in London and subsequently The International Association
of Leather Trades Chemists (IALTC) was formed. 1902 saw
the publication of "Collegium", the journal of
The Society survived many changes brought about by the two
World Wars and 1947 brought the creation of national societies
(but with the creation of a coordinating body the International
Union of Leather Trades Chemists Societies - IULTCS) and
the Society took the name of The Society of Leather Trades
Chemists comprising the main UK section plus the thriving
South African and Australian Sections. The home section
itself was made up of the Manchester (now northern Group),
the Northampton Group and the West of England Group (now
no longer active).The final name change to Society of Leather
Technologists and Chemists came about in 1972 to reflect
the changes in membership interest.
The Society is the originator of the "Official Methods
of Analysis" which are in accord with ISO and CEN guidelines.
These methods, which were the reason for that first meeting
in 1897 are updated regularly with international approval
and they remain the methods used to settle disputes about
specifications. A new loose-leaf edition of the methods
is now available, members are eligible to buy a copy at
a discount price. Please visit our online
shop for details.
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