The main outcomes of LEATHUB project will be the establishment of four training and innovation centers in four universities in Russia and Mongolia, which will provide training services for tanneries, support the design and the implementation of research and development services from the university according to the specific needs of the companies, and also implement research on the use environmentally friendly technologies for tanning raw materials and recycling of collagen-containing waste.
The centers established will solve the problems that are acute for the leather industry community of the EU, Russia and Mongolia.
Furthermore, to meet the aforementioned challenges, the established centers will be equipped with modern analytical and testing equipment, professional literature, journals, and regulatory documents in force in Russia, Mongolia and the EU. These centers will act also as technology brokers for local leather industry. The partners of the EU, as well as trade unions (the Russian Union of Leatherworkers and Shoemakers and the Mongolian Tanning Association) of the two countries will help in the establishment of the centers and the evaluation of their work.
The aim of the project is to bridge the gap between the leather industry and the universities by enhancing the collaboration at a research and development base in schemas where industry will be the innovation seeker. Within an industry’s value chain, an innovation seeker is a firm searching for innovation solutions beyond its boundaries. The intense collaboration between industries and universities will:
Accelerate the pace of applied research in advanced industries in leather sector
Drive down the cost of advanced industries technologies and accelerate their deployment
Contribute to workforce development not just at the Ph.D. level but at all levels
Boost exports and enable the specific regions in Russia and Mongolia to compete effectively in global markets, which in turn will ensure a vibrant national economy
In order to achieve the aforementioned aim the main general objective of the proposal is the establishment and operation of 4 training and innovation centres (Leather Hubs) which will act as intermediary between innovation seekers (industry) and the innovation providers (research teams in the universities, laboratories, spin-offs).