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Sustainability, traceability and animal welfare are key trends in 2017
Worldwide
Published:  19 January, 2017

The January-February 2017 market leading edition of ILM has now been published and concentrates on some of the major concerns that the global leather supply chain will need to tackle in 2017.


Indian government plan to clean-up Ganges in Kanpur a failure
India
Published:  19 January, 2017

Environmentalists accuse the Namami Gange initiative, the Narendra Modi administration’s programme to clean up the holy river Ganges a failure. They claim no new functional infrastructure has been created and drains continue to carry toxic wastewater from around 400 tanneries situated in Jajmau, a suburb of Kanpur.


TEGEWA offers support to ‘Tannery of the Future’ foundation
Germany
Published:  19 January, 2017

TEGEWA, the association of chemical supplier companies for the leather sector and other industries based in Frankfurt, Germany, has officially announced its support to the ‘Tannery of the Future’ foundation.


Tannery roof collapses in Savar
Bangladesh
Published:  19 January, 2017

At least five people are reported injured as a roof collapsed at a tannery under construction in the new Savar Leather Park.


Leather sofas drive prices up in furniture sector
United Kingdom
Published:  19 January, 2017

Leather sofas have contributed once again to increased UK furniture and furnishings prices in December 2016.


Significant drop in Spanish footwear exports
Spain
Published:  18 January, 2017

Spanish footwear exports decreased 7.8% in value between January and September 2016, representing just over €2.13 billion, the steepest drop registered since 2008. 


Stable visitor numbers at Expo Riva Schuh
Italy
Published:  18 January, 2017

The 87th edition of Expo Riva Schuh, the international trade fair dedicated to the volume footwear sector, closed its doors on January 17 with visitor numbers in line with the corresponding January 2016 edition.


Investors contemplate Aspinal of London
United Kingdom
Published:  18 January, 2017

The British upmarket leather goods brand Aspinal of London has reported a 27% sales increase in its latest financial year, increasing its attractiveness as a takeover target for European and Asian investors.


Alibaba creates counterfeit coalition
Worldwide
Published:  18 January, 2017

E-commerce giant Alibaba has announced it has created the Alibaba Big Data Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance, whose 20 members include luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton and Swarovski, to crack down on the trade of counterfeit goods.


Excessive slaughter raises concerns for Pakistan tanners
Pakistan
Published:  17 January, 2017

Excessive animal slaughter, continued smuggling and meat exports are raising concerns within Pakistan’s leather sector, which sees a dangerous decline in its domestic livestock population, resulting in a reduction in raw material availability.


ISA TanTec introduces three new specialised divisions
Worldwide
Published:  17 January, 2017

International tanning group ISA TanTec has created three specialised divisions, in addition to its leather for shoes and luxury goods, to meet customers’ needs.


Less brands to showcase at GDS in February
Germany
Published:  17 January, 2017

A lower number of footwear brands are expected to showcase at the upcoming edition of GDS, the international event aimed at the footwear sector taking place February 7-9, 2017 in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Ten process “rules” to avoid Cr (VI) formation
Germany
Published:  17 January, 2017

Dr Volker Rabe of global leather chemical maker Lanxess, outlined its ten golden rules to help avoid the formation of chrome VI during leather manufacture during the company’s recent leather seminar on January 12-13.


Cargill’s innovations boost earnings
Worldwide
Published:  16 January, 2017

Cargill, one of the world’s biggest provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services, has reported an 80% rise in earnings in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, thanks to structural improvements, strategic partnerships and a number of new products.


Vietnam’s leather sector expects more pressure in 2017
Vietnam
Published:  16 January, 2017

Global political instability and strong competition from other Asian footwear exporting countries such as Bangladesh are said to have led Vietnam to a single-digit export growth for 2016, lower than expected.


E-commerce focus at Expo Riva Schuh
Italy
Published:  16 January, 2017

The 87th edition of the four-day trade fair dedicated to the volume footwear sector being held at Riva del Garda, Italy, January 14-17, focusses its debates on the recent development of online phenomena.


Government’s incentive revives confidence of leather sector
Pakistan
Published:  16 January, 2017

Representatives from Pakistan’s leather and textile industries have expressed their confidence in achieving export growth in 2017 following the Government’s announcement of an Incentive Package.


India to announce new incentive package for leather sector
India
Published:  16 January, 2017

The Indian government is expected to announce new financial incentives aimed at the leather sector in its upcoming fiscal budget.


Satra’s technology showcased at Fimec’s Concept Factory
Brazil
Published:  13 January, 2017

Satra, the UK based independent research and testing organisation, will be part of the Concept Factory space displayed at the upcoming 2017 edition of FIMEC, Brazil’s international trade fair for leather, chemicals, components, machinery and equipment for footwear and tanning.


CEC welcomes new member
Europe
Published:  13 January, 2017

The European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) has welcomed a new Member in 2016, reinforcing its representation at European level.


The Netherlands to host Freiberg Leather Days
The Netherlands
Published:  13 January, 2017

The 6th edition of Freiberg Leather Days will take place outside Germany for the first time, in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.


Lanxess hosts leather awareness seminar for retailers
Germany
Published:  13 January, 2017

Lanxess, the Germany based leather chemicals company, is hosting a two-day seminar for leather brands and retailers at its headquarters in Cologne. The event, which began January 12 and concludes today (January 13) is the second that the company has hosted following a successful event last year.


PVL to host conference and workshop area
France
Published:  12 January, 2017

The upcoming edition of the Premiere Vision Leather (PVL), the Parisian show aimed at premium leathers for fashion, will see the inauguration of a Conference and Workshop Area at the very heart of the show in Hall 3, on the border with its neighbour, Premičre Vision Accessories.


Busy calendar for the Brazilian leather sector
Brazil
Published:  12 January, 2017

As one of the world’s biggest player in the leather and footwear sector, the Brazilian trade fair calendar starts with a busy first semester of 2017.


Comesa countries double Chinese shoe imports
Africa
Published:  12 January, 2017

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) countries are reported to have more than doubled their shoe imports from China over the past five years, at the expense of intra-regional trade.


Argentina’s beef exports up 12% in 2016
Argentina
Published:  11 January, 2017

Argentina’s beef exports increased 12% in 2016, following the Macri government’s elimination of the export quotas on beef in December 2015.


A record year for Mercedes-Benz
Worldwide
Published:  11 January, 2017

Daimler Group has said Mercedes-Benz posted an overall 11.3% sales increase in 2016, delivering a total of 2,083,888 vehicles to customers worldwide, meaning the premium automotive manufacturer grew faster than its German competitors.


Upholstery makers attracted to Brazilian wet-blue
Brazil
Published:  11 January, 2017

If Brazil’s exports of finished leather increased in 2016 compared with the previous year, it is estimated the total number of cattle for slaughter decreased by two million head over the year.


New sales record for BMW Group
Worldwide
Published:  11 January, 2017

The BMW Group achieved its best ever sales in 2016, meaning the company has set a new sales record for the sixth year in a row, and maintains a leading position in the premium segment with its three brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. 


EU to target chemical safety for workers
Europe
Published:  10 January, 2017

Enforcement authorities in the EU are to inspect how safety information on hazardous chemicals is compiled, communicated in the supply chain and followed up in workplaces.


Adient presents ‘Luxury by Design’ for automakers
United States
Published:  10 January, 2017

Adient, the recent spinoff of Johnson Control, is showcasing meticulously crafted advances in production-ready seats at the North American International Auto Show taking place January 8-22, 2017 in Detroit, U.S.


Jaguar Land Rover posts best-ever full year sales
Worldwide
Published:  10 January, 2017

The manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles achieved its best ever full-year global sales in 2016, selling 583,313 vehicles, up 20% on the prior year.


Overall positive 2016 results for Volkswagen
Worldwide
Published:  10 January, 2017

The Volkswagen passenger car brand reported a generally positive full-year 2016 result as deliveries increased to 5.99 million vehicles, with good performance in Europe and the U.S. despite some difficult months. 


Inaccurate sales figures hit footwear maker’s share value
Hong Kong
Published:  10 January, 2017

Shares of a major Hong Kong based footwear manufacturer fell 37% after disclosure that certain financial records for the month of December 2016 were inaccurate.


Luxury consumers prefer experiential purchases to wearables
Worldwide
Published:  10 January, 2017

A report has revealed that the personal luxury goods market was largely flat in 2016, declining from €251 billion in 2015 to €249 billion in 2016, revealing a “new normal” where consumers tend to favour personal experiences as opposed to physical product purchases, with the exception of the automotive market.


Săo Paulo to open its first caiman slaughterhouse
Brazil
Published:  09 January, 2017

The slaughterhouse will be the first one in the Brazilian state to be specialised in the breeding and slaughter of caimans.


6,000 visitors expected at Alleather-IDF
Turkey
Published:  09 January, 2017

Organised by UBM and TURDEV (Leather Association of Turkey), the Alleather – IDF Istanbul Leather Fair taking place at Istanbul Expo Centre on February 1-3, 2017, expects to attract around 6,000 professional visitors.


Ongoing strategic initiatives for Wolverine Worldwide
Worldwide
Published:  09 January, 2017

The American footwear manufacturer has released an update on the progress of the company’s ongoing strategic initiatives, which includes the divestiture of its Robeez brand. 


Fossil Group to double wearables production
Worldwide
Published:  06 January, 2017

Fossil Group, the U.S based company specialising in the innovation, design, and marketing of fashion lifestyle and accessory products including leather goods, watches and jewellery, has announced it will double its wearables production to an unmatched 300 new products and add new brands in 2017.


Volvo scores third consecutive year of record sales
Worldwide
Published:  06 January, 2017

Volvo Cars has reported a third consecutive year of record sales for 2016, up 6.2% compared with 2015.


India bans imports of exotic skins and fur
India
Published:  06 January, 2017

India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has revised the chapters dealing with the import of raw hides, skin, leather, fur and artificial fur. 


Tyson Foods invests in plant-based protein start-ups
United States
Published:  05 January, 2017

Tyson Foods has announced it plans to create a venture fund aimed at developing innovations in food production.


Piquadro aims for genuine ‘Made in Italy’ by reshoring
Italy
Published:  05 January, 2017

Italy based luxury leather goods brand Piquadro started reshoring part of its production three years ago, and aims to respond to customers’ requirements by providing products that are genuinely ‘Made in Italy’.


EU encourages Pakistan’s leather sector to value-addition
Pakistan
Published:  05 January, 2017

EU representatives have encouraged Pakistan’s leather sector to develop more value-added products to compete with China during a meeting organised by the EU-funded Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Programme (PLCIP).


JBS selected for the Global Forests Report 2016
Brazil
Published:  04 January, 2017

JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, was one of the companies selected to take part in the Global Forests Report 2016 case study, published recently by the CDP (Driving Sustainable Economies). 


FILK becomes member of OEKO-TEX community
Germany
Published:  04 January, 2017

The new Leather Standard certification by the international OEKO-TEX association is now available for producers and suppliers of leather goods to have their products certified to be tested for harmful substances.


Trumpler encourages students to create recipes
United Kingdom
Published:  04 January, 2017

The German chemical manufacturer encouraged students from the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) in Northampton, to develop their own recipes during the annual Trumpler Week training course in late 2016.


Prime Minister designates leather as ‘product of the year’
Bangladesh
Published:  04 January, 2017

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, nominated leather as the ‘product of the year’ during the inauguration of the Dhaka International Trade Fair on January 1, 2017.


Uzbekistan aims to increase leather and footwear production
Uzbekistan
Published:  04 January, 2017

Uzbekistan hopes to increase its leather and footwear production over the next four years under a recently approved Government programme, which plans to construct new facilities to make export-oriented products.


Technical seminars focus on the use of biocides
Italy
Published:  03 January, 2017

Organised by the Italian Leather Chemists and Technologists Association (AICC), there are two seminar sessions taking place January 13-14 that will focus on the complex topic of biocides in leather processing.


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