Research Areas


LASRA® conducts research on all aspects of leather production, from skin removal and preservation to advanced property enhancement for added value leathers.


Coming up with the right answers and best solutions to solve production problems demands a wide range of analytical tools, high orders of skill and versatility—plus the experience to put it all together.


Our user-friendly online Moodle® courses deliver training in leather technology for people in the workforce, and for those looking for a career pathway in the leather industry.

Who we are

LASRA is the independent research association of the New Zealand hide, skin and leather processing industry. Its role is to guide and support the Industry’s vision for sustainably produced premium quality hides and skins for export through targeted research and technology transfer


The LASRA analytical laboratory is accredited worldwide (ILAC-MRA) for performing testing in accordance with ISO, EN, ASTM and other internationally recognised standards. LASRA acts as an information provider to industry and runs correspondence courses to assist in providing training in leather manufacturing technology.

Latest LASRA News

News from the LASRA Library issue 47

18 Dec 2018

You can read issue 47 here

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Client Satisfaction Survey 2018

2 Dec 2018

  The 2018 LASRA Client Satisfaction Survey is open for responses until the end of...

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News from the LASRA Library issue 46

20 Nov 2018

Click here to read issue 46

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