ISA TanTec at the Global Footwear Production and Trade SummitThe Global Footwear Production and Trade Summit saw the presence of ISA Tan Tec, a company that produces leather for footwear and has been active since 1995. The discussion focused on topical issues for raw material suppliers, especially regarding material innovation and the changes in production technologies that are being put in place to respond to changing market demands.
At the end of June, the Global Footwear Production and Trade Summit was held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Shenzhen, China. The Summit featured a diverse range of speakers, including leading U.S. factory executives and footwear experts. Topical issues were addressed, especially the new challenges that the footwear industry is faced with regarding material innovation.
ISA Tan Tec was also present. The company was founded in 1995 and currently owns three ultra-modern tanneries located in the USA, Vietnam and China.
The company is recognized as a supplier of premium quality leathers by the world’s top footwear brands and has a reputation for reliability and caring for the environment. ISA Tan Tec created the LITE Concept, defining a high standard of environmental responsibility in the manufacturing process, inspired by the US Energy Guide and European CO2 regulation.
At the Global Footwear Production and Trade Summit, Carl Flach, Senior Director Operational Strategies of ISA Tan Tec, participated in a panel discussion. From the viewpoint of a material supplier, he spoke about the issue of helping brands react to consumer demands in record time by using new technologies and management techniques, leading to a shorter and leaner supply chain:
The first major thing we did to get closer to the market was to open our own facility in Vietnam in 2010 which allows the brands to source from Vietnam, China and USA. The individual orders are getting smaller and smaller, and the requested lead time is getting shorter and shorter, so we are investing in more small machines to accommodate the customers’ need for speed to market and flexibility. -And Flach also added: -One of the biggest challenges in today’s market is the raw material quality: the rawhide quality has, over the last years, deteriorated. This is why we have recently had to diversify the offer and have started to produce metallic finishes and athletic leather. This decision was made due to more brands consolidating their supply base. If you want to be among the preferred suppliers, you need to offer a wide range of articles, flexibility and a high reliability.