The new president of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) has said in a new year message that the organisation must “uplift, motivate and guide” leather manufacturers around the world.

Dr Luis Zugno, technology director of leather chemicals manufacturer Buckman, took up the role of IULTCS president on January 1. He said in his message that IULTCS must use science and facts “to combat the wrong, incomplete and misleading information” about leather and products that use leather.

He said that, now more than ever, all leather industry organisations must work together on this. He commented: “Now is the time to leave egos aside. It is time to break barriers and erase boundaries and act in the best interests of all in the industry.”