New centre of excellence opens at university

A multi-million pound centre of excellence for the leather industry has been opened at the University of Northampton.

It is the new home of the University’s Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) at Waterside Campus.

The facility, which cost £5.5 million, was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, David Laing.

University Vice Chancellor, Professor Nick Petford, said: “Northampton has been home of UK leather manufacturing since the Middle Ages and leather technology has been taught at the University, and its predecessor, Nene College, since 1978.

“We are now delighted to be able to build on this legacy as the ICLT continues its important global role in improving sustainability and environmental practice across the leather supply chain through research and innovation, as well as training the next generation of leather workers to the highest possible standards.”

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