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Snow adds sparkle to Stahl's training course at BSLTC
Apr '10
This year's Leather Finishing Training Course run by Stahl at the BSLTC in Northampton, England had an added sparkle, thanks to the weather in the UK. Snow, ice and bitter cold was an unusual scenario for the 14 students from India, Pakistan, Uganda,France, Italy and Kenya.

But it didn't dampen their enthusiasm for a course which showed them the basic principles of leather finishing and the ways in which finishing products could be used in formulations. The course was run by Wolfgang Schmälzle, an expert from Stahl's Leather Finishing Centre in Waalwijk, Netherlands. He says, “The students really liked it because there was enough freedom for them to create their own leathers.”

Wolfgang was ably assisted by Paul Evans and Chris Barnard, members of BSLTC staff, whose practical knowledge of finishing and the use of BSLTC's machinery was invaluable in ensuring that the course ran smoothly. Each day followed a similar two-part pattern. The mornings concentrated on the theory of finishing.The afternoons provided practical work. Wolfgang covered many aspects of finishing including automotive leathers, and full and corrected grains with special reference to waterproof finishes.

Leather finishing is often not as straightforward as might be imagined. Wolfgang talked about some of the more difficult aspects, including colour matching and related metamerism under different lighting conditions and other potential problems.

Recent developments in technology formed the subject of a number of discussions and the students were especially interested in Stahl's views on NMP-free automotive finishes. Looking back on previous years, Wolfgang says that he felt that this year he could really see the benefits of recent investment at the BSLTC, continuing the improvements he has seen in the available technical equipment year by year.

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