ICEC goes to Washington. The Leather Area Certification Institute signs a partnership with LHCA, the association that represents US traders of raw materials and tanners. The signing of the agreement between the two parties on November 12th, has an annual value, and provides for the tacit renewal mechanism.
The partnership goal
If ICEC goes to Washington, there is a reason. The certification institute and LHCA, an association born by the merger between USHSLA and LIA, intend to collaborate in the promotion of their services. But not only: the organisation of training and information events to increase the value of the leather sector is important, too. LHCA, in particular, will inform member companies of the certification services offered by ICEC, acting as collector of the interests and needs of US tanneries. Particular attention, for example, will be reserved to the issues of sustainability and traceability.
The internationalisation of ICEC
The American element enriches ICEC internationalisation path. The Italian institute already boasts companies certified in Tunisia, Turkey, Serbia and Spain, among others. Recently it has signed similar partnerships with representative associations of Catalan and Spanish tanning, as well as with the Portuguese leather technology centre. At the same time, ICEC works in synergy with the Brazilian CSCB.