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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

LASRA Conference 2020 announcement

6 Jul 2020

After careful consideration and taking advice from our industry, we have made the difficult...

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News from LASRA Library, Issue 56

27 Feb 2020

Click here to see what has been happening in the world of leather recently.

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30 year milestone

16 Feb 2020

Chemistry Lab Manager Brendon Hayman celebrated 30 years at LASRA with a presentation from...

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