American ranchers struggle to ban imports of Brazilian beef

United States
Published:  25 April, 2017

R-CALF USA, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America, has launched an online petition urging members of the public to help ban imports of Brazilian beef into the U.S.

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LVMH to strengthen Leather division with full acquisition of Christian Dior

France
Published:  25 April, 2017

French luxury conglomerate LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury Group by revenue, announced it plans to buy out the shares of all minority stakeholders of maison Christian Dior in order to simplify the Group’s structures.

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Jimmy Choo, Bally and Belstaff up for sale

Worldwide
Published:  25 April, 2017

Private investment company JAB Holdings, majority shareholder of the Jimmy Choo, Bally and Belstaff brands, is to sell its investments in fashion to focus on the luxury food and dining segments, particularly coffee. 

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Indian hide supply under pressure

India
Published:  25 April, 2017

After the ban on cow slaughter was put in place in some states, the leather industry had been adversely affected due to shortage in supplies of hides needed for exports.

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U.S. consumers spending less on footwear and accessories

United States
Published:  25 April, 2017

A recent study has revealed U.S. consumer spending in footwear and fashion accessories such as handbags has declined in the 12 months ending February 2017 as opposed to the apparel sector, which has seen a consistent growth particularly in casual wear such as jeans.

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MOMAD Shoes seeks to increase key visitor numbers

Spain
Published:  24 April, 2017

IFEMA, the organiser of the MOMAD Shoes trade show, is seeking to adopt a number of measures to increase the flow of visitors from key areas of the footwear market so as to bolster both the national and international buyers' programme. 

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Poisonous gas kills two tannery workers

India
Published:  24 April, 2017

Two tannery workers are reported dead after inhaling poisonous gas at a tannery in the Kanpur tanning district.

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Tanneries to start operations in Robbiki

Egypt
Published:  24 April, 2017

Five tanneries are to start operations in the new Robbiki leather district by the end of May 2017.

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Lanxess showcases innovative system for recycling shavings

Germany
Published:  24 April, 2017

Specialty chemical manufacturer Lanxess is displaying a new system for recycling shavings in leather production at Hannover Messe taking place April 24 – 28 in Germany.

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One hundred years of the SLTC journal

United Kingdom
Published:  24 April, 2017

The centenary of JSLTC (Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists) was officially celebrated during the 120th annual SLTC conference in Northampton on April 22.

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Vote for the best ‘Leather is my job!’ picture

Europe
Published:  24 April, 2017

COTANCE & industriAll-European Trade Union, the Social Partners of the European Leather Industry, invites all leather sector stakeholders and members of the public alike to vote for the photo that best pictures and promotes the spirit of working in a European tannery. 

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China is the new Eldorado for luxury and supercar makers

China
Published:  21 April, 2017

The South Korean car manufacturer aims to introduce its Genesis luxury car brand to the Chinese market in 2018 and hopes the business tensions between both countries’ over the U.S. missile-defence system will have calmed by then.

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UK may seek livestock export rules after Brexit

United Kingdom
Published:  21 April, 2017

In response to an animal rights’ petition, the UK government could consider a new law to ban the export of live animals such as sheep and cows on ethical grounds.

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Panelists (left to right): Javier Garcia, Lectra (moderator); Benny Daniel, Frost & Sullivan; Claus Lattner, Yangfeng; Henning Gathmann, Audi; Martin Reil, IAC

Leather has a good future in the automotive segment

France
Published:  21 April, 2017

A panel consisting of automotive Tier-1 suppliers, an automotive industry consultant and an OEM have confirmed that in their opinion leather has a strong future in automotive interiors. Representatives were speaking during a panel discussion at Lectra’s automotive leather event in Cestas near Bordeaux on April 19. 

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Buckman presents annual Weiss merit award

Worldwide
Published:  21 April, 2017

Global specialty chemical company Buckman has presented its Edward Weiss Memorial Award 2016 to Eduardo Scabuzzo, responsible for leather sales in the Uruguayan market.

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Brazilian meat processors to resume operations

Brazil
Published:  21 April, 2017

Brazilian meat processors JBS and Minerva are to resume operations on April 24 after having sent workers on temporary leave.

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Xeros Technology to accelerate commercial development

United Kingdom
Published:  20 April, 2017

The UK based developer and provider of polymer based technologies with multiple commercial applications, including in tanneries, has published its final results for the 17 months ended December 31, 2016.

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Adient to open new seating manufacturing plant in China

China
Published:  20 April, 2017

Global automotive seating and interiors supplier Adient has announced it plans to open a new 90,000 sq m seating mechanism plant in Changshu, China.

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Céline Choussy-Bedouet

Industry 4.0 for automotive leather at Lectra event

France
Published:  20 April, 2017

Around 90 people representing various aspects of the automotive leather supply chain from 21 countries gathered at the headquarters of Lectra in Cestas near Bordeaux for its "Go digital: What Industry 4.0 Means for Automotive Leather”, two-day seminar and workshop event held April 19-20.

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Yangfeng expects China new car sales to increase in 2017

China
Published:  20 April, 2017

Sun Zhongwei of automotive Tier-1 supplier, Yangfeng has said that he expects new car sales in China to increase by 5% in 2017. He was addressing delegates at Lectra’s automotive leather event in Bordeaux on April 19. 

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Ministers sign protocol to relocate Cairo’s tanneries

Egypt
Published:  20 April, 2017

A protocol has been signed aiming to transfer all leather units such as tanneries that are currently operating in Old Cairo to the new Robbiki tannery district, situated about 50km from the Egyptian capital.

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Marta Fumei, Marketing Manager, Dani

Dani to highlight making of natural, high-tech and sustainable leather

Germany
Published:  19 April, 2017

Dani S.p.A, one of Italy’s leading tanners, particularly in the field of automotive, will present its environmental credentials for sustainable leather manufacture at an upcoming automotive leather conference in Munich. With a strong focus on producing natural looking and feeling leathers with all the high-tech specifications required by OEMs, Dani will illustrate how they measure the environmental impact of every leather it produces. 

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Faurecia posts good first quarter results

Worldwide
Published:  19 April, 2017

The automotive components manufacturer has posted value-added sales of €4.23 billion, +9.8% on an organic basis and +4.9% above worldwide automotive production growth.

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Burberry’s sales growth fails to impress investors

Worldwide
Published:  19 April, 2017

Despite reporting a 3% growth in retail sales in the six months to March 31, 2017, shares of the British luxury fashion label suffered its sharpest fall in six months, down 6% in the early morning of April 19.

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Volkswagen reports higher than expected results

Worldwide
Published:  19 April, 2017

The Germany based automotive Group has released operating results significantly higher than market expectations for the first quarter of 2017, reaching around €4.4 billion.

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UP government considering relocation of Kanpur tanneries

India
Published:  19 April, 2017

Led by the Yogi Adityanath political party, India’s Uttar Pradesh state continues to shake up the local leather industry by announcing its plans to relocate around 400 tanneries accused of releasing toxic waste in the Ganges river.

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Prada remains positive despite sharp fall in revenue

Worldwide
Published:  19 April, 2017

The Italian fashion label is confident that it is on the pathway to sustainable growth as net revenues improved over the second half of 2016 and substantial progress was achieved on its cost saving programme.

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Trumpler hosts second training course in China

China
Published:  18 April, 2017

Specialty leather chemicals manufacturer Trumpler recently hosted its second leather training course in China in collaboration with the Sichuan University.

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Speculation grows over Puma’s sale

Worldwide
Published:  18 April, 2017

As François-Henri Pinault, CEO and Chairman of French luxury conglomerate Kering, stepped down from his role as Vice-Chairman of Puma’s Board of Directors on April 12, as speculation rises once again regarding the possible sale of the sportswear brand.

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Exports of U.S. wet-blue hides continue to decline

United States
Published:  18 April, 2017

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totalled 10.8 million head on March 1, 2017; slightly above the inventory recorded on March 1, 2016. 

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Dr Jens Fennen

TFL presents safe and sustainable chrome-free technologies at Munich auto conference

Germany
Published:  13 April, 2017

Dr Jens Fennen, R&D Director, TFL Group, will be presenting how COD levels in the processing floats can be reduced by about 50% compared with standard chrome-free production at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference taking place in Munich, Germany, on May 22. 

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Tannery owners and workers protest in Hazaribagh

Bangladesh
Published:  13 April, 2017

Hundreds of workers and tannery owners are reported to have taken part in a black flag procession held in Hazaribagh on March 12 under the banner of 'Chamra Shilpo Oikko Parishad' (United Leather Industry Council).

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Brazilian hide exports recover from February fall

Brazil
Published:  13 April, 2017

Brazil’s hide sector registered an export value of US$192.6 million in the month of March 2017, up 3.8% year-on-year (March 2016: US$ 185.6). 

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Vietnam to speed up leather and footwear sector development

Vietnam
Published:  13 April, 2017

Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced a revised plan for the development of the country’s leather and footwear industry during a seminar held on April 7 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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Brazilian footwear exports decline in first quarter

Brazil
Published:  12 April, 2017

Between January and March 2017, a total of 31.33 million pairs were exported generating US$259 million in revenue; representing a -1.6% decline in volume and a -14.2% drop in value, year-on year.

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Smit & zoon releases environmental and social performance report

Worldwide
Published:  12 April, 2017

Global supplier of wet-end and finishing leather chemicals for tanners Smit & zoon has published its annual CSR Report highlighting the company’s environmental and social performance for 2016.

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Bangladesh’s leather sector exports 8.41% higher

Bangladesh
Published:  12 April, 2017

Bangladesh’s overall export earnings rose 3.97% year-on-year in the fiscal July 2016 - March 2017 period, thanks to an increase in shipments of leather and leather goods, garments, jute and jute goods.

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Innovative course for high-end footwear manufacturing

Portugal
Published:  12 April, 2017

Following the success of a training event organised by the Portuguese Footwear Technology Centre (CTCP) in São João da Madeira, Portugal, March 27-31, a practical pilot test to offer a complete and innovative online course for high-end and luxury footwear manufacturing is to be run in Italy.

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Toyota major investment in Kentucky plant

United States
Published:  12 April, 2017

The investment in the car manufacturers’ largest production plant based in Kentucky, which employs over 8,200 people, aims to solidify its commitment to U.S. manufacturing.

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Ferrari designs its first office chair made of leather

Italy
Published:  11 April, 2017

The premium sportscar manufacturer has teamed up with Italy based furniture maker Poltrona Frau to create “Cockpit”, the first office chair ever designed by the Ferrari Design Centre.

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Tanners accuse government of destroying the industry

Bangladesh
Published:  11 April, 2017

As the discontentment grows among tanners, a black flag procession has been announced in Hazaribagh, Bangladesh, on April 12 to protest against the lack of utility connections and other resources in the new Savar Industrial Zone.

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India’s leather exports continue to decline

India
Published:  11 April, 2017

As Uttar Pradesh’s crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses could spread to other Indian states, there are fears the leather sector’s exports may not recover from the decline as the supply of domestic hides will not be enough to cater the 3 billion sq ft needed to support the industry each year.

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Leather goods momentum for LVMH

Worldwide
Published:  11 April, 2017

French luxury conglomerate LVMH has recorded revenue of €9.9 billion for the first quarter 2017, a 15% increase over the corresponding period the prior year. Organic revenue growth was 13% year-on-year, an increase attributable to all business groups and led by its Fashion and Leather Goods division.

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Puma reimagines shoe packaging

United States
Published:  11 April, 2017

Global sportswear manufacturer Puma has teamed up with U.S. based brand experience agency Cramer to reimagine the future of shoe packaging.

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Minerva Foods and Marfrig reduce beef production

Brazil
Published:  10 April, 2017

Brazilian meat packers Minerva Foods and Marfrig have temporarily reduced production in some processing plants, sending staff on collective leave.

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Pakistan’s leather sector seeks REACH and LWG standards

Pakistan
Published:  10 April, 2017

The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has told Pakistan’s leather sector that it needs to update the technology and improve product quality if it aims to remain competitive in the international market.

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Tannery owners refuse to leave Hazaribagh

Bangladesh
Published:  10 April, 2017

As Bangladesh’s Supreme Court asked the local authorities to disconnect all gas, electricity and water services to tanneries still operational in Hazaribagh, some tannery owners are reported to refuse the relocation to Savar due to the lack of housing facilities.

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Payless ShoeSource files for bankruptcy

Bangladesh
Published:  10 April, 2017

American discount footwear chain Payless has filed for Chapter 11 protection in St Louis, Missouri and is to close around 400 stores across the U.S. and abroad.

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GLCC agrees on hide and skins traceability

Hong Kong
Published:  10 April, 2017

During its meeting held on March 30 in Hong Kong, the Global Leather Coordinating Committee (GLCC) agreed on a series of policy statements on behalf of the leather industry.

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Tannery workers strike in India over wages

India
Published:  11 April, 2017

According to local media reports, workers have engaged on an indefinite strike in tanneries across the country to demand a wage increases.

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