The Virtual Challenge Community is integrated by relevant stakeholders active in the sector of leather and connected ones and aims to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge and experience. It will also serve as a platform for the innovative leather products competition that will, at the end of the project, lead to the launch of a crowd funding campaign for the winners of the competition for the most innovative leather products. Furthermore, the virtual community will host a Decalogue of benefits deriving from the collaboration between companies, research and training centres in developing innovative leather products.

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    • Qualification of the leather industry workforce
      Is the workforce employed today by leather companies overqualified or underqualified in terms of skills and competences? And if they are underqualified what would be the areas to reinforce? Technology, quality, environment, research and innovation?
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    • What are the main challenges of the European Leather industry?
      The leather industry, as a global industry, is in a fast changing business environment that is particularly challenging for SME. In order to remain competitive, companies must be able to adapt to these changes. Shortage of raw materials, the globalization of production, environmental reasons, and the change of the profile of the leather industry outside EU reshaped the model for leather production in Europe. Are there other challenges?
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