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Tanning Sector Workshop

Tanning Sector Workshop Report

The workshop consisted of the following components:

  • Introduction to SCI-Pak Project
  • Activities Targeting the IEMs
  • Benefits for the IEMs
  • Training Course 
  • Financial and Logistics Details of Study Tour

The workshop was held at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore on Tuesday, November 03, 2009. (Photographs from the workshop are displayed below)

The Project experts have already carried out an exhaustive task of identifying Industrial Equipment Manufacturers (IEMs) who are providing services to the tanning sector. This was followed by phone calls and communications, and then site visits to the facilities to see the capacity and capability of the individual IEMs. The IEMs were asked to send their profile and background information which was reviewed in detail. Based on all these activities, a total of ~ 15 IEMs were short listed, and were invited to this workshop. This workshop was organised to gather the short listed IEMs.

The purpose of the workshop was to brief the participants about the Project activities in general and discuss the details about training workshop, which is going to be conducted by BLC Leather Technology Centre in Germany from 14-16th of December, 2009.

BLC is a leading leather technology centre, working with hundreds of companies in over 40 countries. With over 80 years of experience BLC has the technical pedigree in leather technology for ensuring fast accurate solutions to technical, management or environmental leather problems. Clean Leather Manufacturing, Intensive Leather Technology, and Leather Finishing are the focus areas of training. Apart form these technology specific courses BLC also offers leather training courses, leather seminars, leather workshops, leather footwear courses, leather upholstery courses, leather-goods courses, and leather garment courses.

1. Introduction to SCI-Pak Project

The workshop started with brief introduction on project activities and participants were briefed on project aims and objectives.

Project experts highlighted the need of involving IEMs for developing a model for Sustainable Production (SP) in the textile and tannery sectors, which is envisioned to be adopted by other manufacturing industries (e.g. sugar, pulp & paper, steel rolling etc.) in the long-run.

Participants were informed that project underlines the need for minimising the use of energy, raw material, water, chemicals, etc. for creation of resource efficient and sustainable processes and products. It was stressed that the project objectives can only be achieved through capacity building of IEMs with technology transfer initiatives, and networking of local IEMs with their counterparts in Europe.

2. Activities Targeting the IEMs

The participants were informed that following activities of the project need direct involvement of IEMs,

  • Life Cycle Assessment of Product Line
  • Sustainable technologies Matrix
  • Transfer of Technology
  • Engagement with International Equipment Manufacturers 
  • Pilot Initiatives
  • Dissemination of Results across Industry

Project experts extended their gratitude to the participant for their committed and continuous support during the assessment of Life Cycle Assessment and creation of Sustainable Technology Matrix for the tannery sector.

Project experts then explained the purpose of training workshop for IEMs, which will be conducted by BLC. It was also explained that knowledge sharing and networking activities between the local IEMs and sector relevant European companies will be carried out as part of the workshop. It was explained in detail that the activity is aimed at facilitating growth in the IEMs’ capacity to meet long-term requirement of manufacturing sector for reducing energy consumption and resource utilisation through implementation of proven SP practices.

3. Benefits for the IEMs

It was highlighted that trained IEMs will have necessary skills and capacity to develop and execute European best practices for SP in target sectors. It was further elaborated that upon successful completion of the training and networking activity, these IEMs will be involved in the implementation of pilot initiatives, undertaken as part of project activities, in target sectors. Overall these activities will ensure that these IEMs will have the technological capability for improving the energy and resource efficiency in the industrial sector throughout the industrial sector and across the country.

4. Training Course

Participants were informed that a set of training materials has been developed, jointly by European and local experts, aiming at knowledge transfer and capacity building of IEMs for introducing SP techniques and technologies in the manufacturing sector.

Project experts informed that along with training workshop, project partners have also mobilised relevant research centres and companies that will be sending their representative to attend the workshop. These organisations have a proven record with demonstrable and transferable knowledge in SP techniques and technologies. These representatives will share their knowledge and experience by presenting case studies with the participants of the workshop. This activity will also provide local IEMs with ample opportunity for networking and to establish relationships for technology transfer from Europe to Pakistan.

A briefing on contents of training course was followed up with detailed discussion between project experts and IEMs’ representatives on how this training will help build capacity and capability of local IEMs to undertake SP initiatives in the manufacturing industry.

5. Financial and Logistics Details of Study Tour

At the end of the workshop, project experts shared financial and logistic details of training workshop with the participants. Project partners informed the participants about financial contributions made by the project and logistic support provided by the project partners. They were also informed about their responsibilities in terms of visa processing and partial financial contribution for travelling to Germany.

Lunch was served after the conclusion of the workshop. 

Participants Participants
Participants Participants

 IHT Representatives
Mr. Omar M. Malik
Mr. Muhammad Imran
Mr. Ammar Yasser

IEM Representatives Company Name
Dr. Naeem and Mr. Khalid Energy And Environment Engineers
Mr. Muhmmad Kamil Lahore Tanning Equipment
Mr. Muhammad Saleem and Mr. Abdur Rehman Pakistan Tanning Equipment
Mr. Hamid Water 2000, Inc
Mr. Aamir Jamil Aqua Regia
Mr. Nazir and Mr. Farrukh Fastech Lab
Mr. Muhammad Iqbal Chemical Kinetics