MEMPHIS, TN, USA, August, 2015 – Buckman has announced it has merged its Europe, Middle East and Southern Africa leather business into one leather division. Effective immediately, the division will be led by Elton Hurlow, formerly Global Market Development Manager - Leather with Buckman International in Memphis, Tenn. Hurlow will relocate to Europe as soon as possible.
Hurlow is well-known in the leather industry and has been an active member of professional industry organizations for some time. He is currently involved in leadership positions with the Leather Working Group (LWG), International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS), and the Global Leather Coordinating Committee (GLCC). He is a Past President of the IULTCS and the American Leather Chemists Association (ALCA).
Prior to his 18-year tenure with Buckman, Hurlow worked at the Leather Industries Research Institute (LIRI) in South Africa, and then moved to the USA where he worked in various capacities at Pfister and Vogel, AR Clarke and the USLH group. Hurlow's contributions to the leather industry in the areas of research and development and professional leadership have earned him much recognition, including the recent conferment of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Northampton.
"Buckman remains committed to continuous improvement that will enable more sustainable, efficient and effective service to our valued customers all over the world," said Junai Maharaj, managing director of Buckman Europe, Middle East & Africa. "Elton has been a key team player in Buckman's leather operation for several years, and we know he will exceed customer expectations as he takes this newly formed division to the next level."
As Leather Division Manager, Hurlow will be responsible for managing Buckman's leather business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "My immediate priorities for this new role are to engage with our customers and grow our sales and product offering for this region," said Hurlow. "Most importantly, I want to focus on not only meeting, but exceeding our customers' expectations in this market – I want to discover how we can add value both to their business, and to the leather industry as a whole."
Buckman is a privately held, global specialty chemical company with headquarters in Memphis, Tenn., USA. Buckman works proactively and collaboratively with worldwide customers in pulp and paper, leather and water treatment to deliver exceptional service and innovative specialty chemical solutions. Buckman's goal is to help customers boost productivity, reduce risk, improve product quality and provide a measurable return on investment. Buckman is committed to safeguarding the environment, maintaining safety in the workplace and promoting sustainable development, for its associates, its customers and its communities in more than 90 countries around the world.