New appointments within the French leather industry

July 2nd, 2015

Frank Boehly, President of the French National Leather Council, has been elected Chairman of SIC SA, the commercial company that develops the trade and activities of French leather companies. 

SIC SA organises specialist leather trade fairs throughout the world, and its aim is to allow French leather professionals to keep pace with the developments of the international market, particularly by participating in the key shows in the sector in order to make new contacts and develop trade and new activities.

For more than 50 years, SIC SA organised the Semaine Internationale du Cuir (International Leather Week), the leading show for the profession and then, from 2001, the Cuir A Paris show, renamed Premiere Vision Leather since it was bought by Première Vision SA in 2014.

An agreement was signed in 1993 between SIC SA and UBM Asia, the leader in trade show organisation in Asia. This joint venture allows French leather companies to attend the largest business gatherings in Asia: the APLF MM&T show (30 March – 1 April 2016 in Hong Kong), Fashion Access (7 - 9 October 2015/ 30 March - 1 April 2016 in Hong Kong) and ACLE (31 August - 2 September 2015 in Shanghai). 

“Our goal is to offer innovative and dynamic new activities to meet the demands of professionals"   Frank Boehly. 

Denis Geissmann has been re-elected President of the Syndicat Général des Cuirs et Peaux, a member organisation of the National Leather Council. 

The French National Leather Council, presided by Frank Boehly, coordinates the federations of professionals from breeders to retailers that make up the French leather industry.

Denis Geissmann has been re-elected President of the Syndicat Général des Cuirs et Peaux (SGCP), one of the 19 organisation of the National Leather Council. He has been president of the SGCP since 2011 and now holds a mandate for a further 3 years.

Denis Geissmann, a graduate of the EM business school in Strasbourg, has worked in the leather industry throughout his entire career. He is specialised in international trade and runs DEGE Trading which he created in 1995.

He is also a Sworn Commodities Broker, specialised in leathers and hides, and an Arbitrator at the International Court of Arbitration in Paris.

Founded in 1948, the Syndicat Général des Cuirs et Peaux incorporates 90% of the French production of raw hides. It organises a number of actions: vaccination campaigns against ringworm and lice in herds, dissemination of best practices in breeding, advice and training for abattoir workers, promotion of French hides, and more. 

"Today our priority is to develop the quality of French raw hides by disseminating advice and best practices to the various stakeholders"  Denis Geissmann. 

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Le Conseil National du Cuir

The confederation brings together 19 federations and professional unions of the French leather industry, ranging from the farming of livestock through to the finished products.

The French leather industry

  • 9 400 businesses
  • 25 billion euro turnover
  • 130,000 people employed in the leather, tanning, footwear, leathergoods and glovemaking and leather goods retail industries.
  • One of the world leaders for finished calf leather and exotic leather
  • 3rd biggest exporter in the world of leathers and raw hides
  • 13th largest exporter of finished leathers
  • World No.3 for exports of leathergoods