Giulio Tandura replaced Giovanni Gaia as chairman of the national association of Italian manufacturers of footwear, leathergoods and tannery machines (ASSOMAC). Born in 1951 at San Dona’ di Piave, Tandura joined ASSOMAC’s board of directors in 1999 and was appointed vice chairman in 2003, with responsibility over the tannery machine sector. He is also chairman of CEN/TC 200, a European technical committee for safety requirements of tannery machinery. Tandura has been working in the tannery machine industry since 1980. In 1995, Tandura founded Linta Srl, a producer of leather splitting machines of which he is managing director, in association with Fratelli Carlessi SpA. In his departure speech, delivered at ASSOMAC’s meeting on June 29, Gaia said the four-year period had been a difficult one for the industry but that the sector is showing signs of recovery.