Smit & zoon
Hans van Haarst, CEO of Smit & zoon: "As a global supplier of leather chemicals, we are very pleased to be one of IULTCS’ partners for the 2019 Congress in Dresden. Leather chemicals are Smit & zoon’s core business and in order to successfully hand-over our family business to the 8th generation of the Smit family, innovation is of key importance. The work IULTCS is doing in that regard is very important. The organization encourages much needed research and organizes well-attended international congresses where leather technologists from all over the world meet and share knowledge. The leather industry is an industry with a higher than average impact on the environment. In order for our industry to become ‘futureproof’, research and education on how to decrease the environmental impact of leather production is essential. I believe that joining forces as an industry, for example by sharing insights during the IULTCS congresses, is crucial for that."
Headquartered in Weesp, The Netherlands, Smit & zoon is a leading global supplier of wet-end and finishing leather chemicals for tanneries. Smit & zoon, a family business founded in 1821, develops and produces leather chemicals used in the manufacturing of leather for well-known brands of shoes, cars, furniture, clothes and bags. With its focus on innovation and sustainability and a long-term focus, Smit & zoon supports its customers in meeting their current and future needs.