Vietnam to promote leather trade with Africa and Middle East

Vietnam
Published:  26 May, 2017

Vietnam’s exports to Africa and the Middle East are reported to be increasing, and include key revenue generating sectors such as leather and footwear.

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Panellists from the left: Paul Vickers, Honda UK; Stefan Buri, Stahl; Andreas Rigolon, Dani; and Ernst Thalhammer, Dräxlmaier Group

Does leather have a future in auto interiors?

Germany
Published:  26 May, 2017

To conclude the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 22, various stakeholders in the supply chain discussed the theme: “What will the interior of the future be like – and what role could genuine leather play?

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Anpic meets buyers’ expectations

Mexico
Published:  26 May, 2017

The three-day leather and footwear event taking place May 24-26 in Leon, Mexico registered an increase in visitors on the first day compared with the previous edition.

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Indonesia’s footwear sector worries over high level of imports

Indonesia
Published:  26 May, 2017

Representatives of Indonesia’s footwear sector have expressed concerns over the growth of shoe imports into the country, which is reported to be significantly higher than exports.

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Brazilian cattle breeders demand prompt payment

Brazil
Published:  26 May, 2017

According to media reports in Brazil, a company policy change at JBS is expected to lead Brazilian cattle breeders in some regions to increasingly negotiate with small and medium-sized abattoirs.

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Erretre invites auto leather supply chain to find the hidden variables

Germany
Published:  25 May, 2017

Italian tannery machinery maker Erretre/Fratelli Carlessi reached out to all stakeholders in the automotive leather supply chain during the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 22. The company wants to collaborate with all partners in the supply chain to find the hidden variables in leather manufacture and provide better process control.

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Sales in China and U.S. boost Jaguar Land Rover results

Worldwide
Published:  25 May, 2017

Premium automotive manufacturing Group Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has posted record sales of 604,009 vehicles in the fourth quarter ended March 31, representing a 16% increase year-on-year.

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Geely to hold majority stake at Lotus Cars

Asia
Published:  25 May, 2017

Chinese automotive manufacturing Group Geely is to acquire a 51% in sports car maker Lotus Cars.

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Stahl to discuss transparency during traceability webinar

Worldwide
Published:  25 May, 2017

ILM is hosting its first webinar on June 14 at 4pm central European time on the hot topic of Traceability in the Leather Supply Chain. ILM will be joined by presenters from Stahl and Lectra for the 40-minute presentation including a Q&A session. The webinar is free to view after registration, however, the numbers that can attend are limited. 

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Brewery visit and golf added to Freiberg Leather Days event

Germany/The Netherlands
Published:  25 May, 2017

The 6th edition of the Freiberg Leather Days conference will take place outside of Germany for the first time in the Dutch town of Oisterwijk. The final date for delegate registration is June 1.

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Dani outlines sustainable innovation in the automotive supply chain

Germany
Published:  24 May, 2017

Italian tanners, Dani entered the automotive leather segment as recently as 2009. However, it has been innovating its processes and environmental credentials to meet the expectations of the segment. Marta Fumei, Marketing Manager, Dani outlined its activities at the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 22.

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Pakistan tanners demand drop in duty for raw materials

Pakistan
Published:  24 May, 2017

Representatives from Pakistan’s leather sector have demanded the Government abolish the custom duty on imports of raw and wet-blue hides as well as on machinery.

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Alpargatas footwear group announces board resignations

Brazil
Published:  24 May, 2017

The Brazilian footwear manufacturing giant has appointed a new Chairman on May 23 following the resignations of Joesley Batista and Vincent Trius from its Administrative Board.

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Dr Jens Fennen, Global Head of R&D, TFL Group

Novel free-of-chrome tannages for automotive applications

Germany
Published:  24 May, 2017

Around 70 industry professionals representing the whole automotive leather supply chain, mostly from across Europe, gathered at Munich’s leading five-star Hotel Bayerischer Hof on May 22 for the ‘ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference’. Two of the opening presentations focussed on novel FOC tanning systems.

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U.S. and Australian beef competition to intensify in Japan

Japan
Published:  23 May, 2017

Major international suppliers of beef to the Japanese market includes Australia and the U.S., which has increased its shipments by 50% in 2016.

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JBS shares lose about a third of their value

Brazil
Published:  23 May, 2017

Shares of the meatpacking giant dropped over 30% on May 22 at São Paulo’s stock exchange, Bovespa.

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Clarks expects weak pound to impact performance

Worldwide
Published:  23 May, 2017

UK based retailer and shoe manufacturer Clarks says it expects the weak pound to hurt its profits and cash flow in 2017.

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Zünd Systemtechnik announces new subsidiary

United Kingdom
Published:  23 May, 2017

UK based supplier and service provider of precision cutting systems Zund Plotting Systems (UK), located in St. Albans, England, has become a subsidiary of Zünd Systemtechnik AG.

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Tanners to invest in Kolkata’s leather complex

India
Published:  22 May, 2017

Tannery owners in India have expressed their satisfaction with the Government’s project for the Bantala Leather Complex, situated about 15km from Kokalta, and agreed to invest in setting up tanneries in the area.

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Argentina explores vegetable tanned guanaco leather

Argentina
Published:  22 May, 2017

Holding sustainability at the core of the project, researchers in Argentina are testing the durable qualities of vegetable tanned guanaco leather for footwear, clothing and saddlery.

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Encouraging export figures for Italian leather goods

Italy
Published:  22 May, 2017

Italy’s leather goods sector has registered a turnover of over €7 billion in 2016, of which €6.6 billion in exports.

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AAQTIC announces inauguration of new headquarters

Argentina
Published:  22 May, 2017

AAQTIC, the Argentinean Association of Leather Technologists and Chemists, is to inaugurate its new headquarters in Buenos Aires on June 8, 2017.

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Ford Motors to replace CEO Mark Fields

United States
Published:  22 May, 2017

Ford Motor Co is expected to announce the departure of Chief Executive Mark Fields in a broad management shake-up. 

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Artisan Belgian tannery launches own leather goods collection

Belgium
Published:  19 May, 2017

A Belgian tannery, acquired by two young entrepreneurs originally from the automotive sector in 2016 and which specialises in bespoke leather, has developed a full range of leather goods made in-house using its own leathers.

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AICC organises training course on colorimetry

Italy
Published:  19 May, 2017

The Italian Association of Leather Technologists and Chemists (AICC) is organising a training course and presentation titled: “Tristimolus colorimetry applied in the tanning industry”.

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Minerva Foods cited in bribe investigation

Brazil
Published:  19 May, 2017

Brazilian meatpacker Minerva Foods said it is collaborating with a federal police bribe probe named “Operation Lucas”, which was announced in Brazil’s national press on May 16, 2017.

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Håkan Samuelsson

GM pulls out of India as Volvo steps in

India
Published:  19 May, 2017

General Motors said it plans to stop selling vehicles in India by the end of 2017 and will sell its operations in South Africa, while Volvo sees India as an expanding premium market and announced it will start vehicle assembly operations later this year. 

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JBS boss releases letter of apology to Brazilian citizens

Brazil
Published:  19 May, 2017

Joesley Batista, Owner and President, JBS SA, has published an open letter of apology “to all the Brazilians” amid the new corruption scandal that is shaking the country.

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Traceability in the Leather Supply chain webinar

Worldwide
Published:  18 May, 2017

ILM is hosting its first webinar on June 14 at 4pm central European time relating to the hot topic of Traceability in the Leather Supply Chain. ILM will be joined by presenters from Stahl and Lectra for the 40-minute presentation including a Q&A session. The webinar is free to view after registration, however, the numbers that can attend are limited. 

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USHSLA in talks with Mexico over hide import policy

United States
Published:  18 May, 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 10.9 million head on April 1, 2017. The inventory was slightly above April 1, 2016. 

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Burberry struggles to recover

Worldwide
Published:  18 May, 2017

The British luxury brand has reported revenue £2.8 billion (US$3.65 billion) for the year ended March 31, down 2%.

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Vegetable tanned goatskins

New British tannery launches product range

United Kingdom
Published:  18 May, 2017

Billy Tannery, the newly founded goat skin processing tannery based near Northampton, UK, is organising a product launch on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter on May 24, 2017.

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OEM and tier-1 supplier join panel to discuss the future of leather in cars

Germany
Published:  18 May, 2017

ILM is pleased to announce that representatives from Honda, Dräxlmaier Group and Stahl will be among the panelists discussing the important theme: “What will the interior of the future be like – and what role could genuine leather play?” It will form part of the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 22. 

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What does the consumer think about leather in cars?

Worldwide
Published:  17 May, 2017

There is a strong editorial focus on automotive leather and its future in the May-June 2017 edition of International Leather Maker (ILM), which is now available in print or to download from the ILM App for Apple and Android devices.

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Ford plans to cut 10% of jobs worldwide

Worldwide
Published:  17 May, 2017

Following criticisms its shareholders, the American automotive manufacturer said it plans to reduce its staff worldwide by 10%.

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Uttar Pradesh leather sector is feeling the strain

India
Published:  17 May, 2017

Slowing exports, tanneries closing due to environmental restrictions, a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses and a reduced supply of hides and skins are leading, what was once India’s bubbling market for leather, to an uncertain future.

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Higher revenues for Yue Yuen in first quarter

Hong Kong
Published:  17 May, 2017

The Hong Kong based footwear manufacturing giant has posted revenue up 3.6% to US$2.10 billion in the first quarter of 2017, against US$2.03 billion in the corresponding period the prior year.

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EU new car registrations drop 6.6% in April

Europe
Published:  16 May, 2017

Led by double-digit decline in the UK market, the number of new passenger cars registered in the EU dropped ‐6.6% to 1,191,034 units in April 2017; attributed to the result of Easter falling in April this year.

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Bentley explores alternatives to leather

United Kingdom
Published:  16 May, 2017

The luxury automotive manufacturer is said to be studying the use of alternate, environmentally-friendly materials for its car interiors.

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JBS revenue misses estimate in first quarter

Brazil
Published:  16 May, 2017

The Brazilian meatpacker reported net income of R$422 million (US$135.7 million) in the first quarter of 2017, missing the initial estimate of R$857 million (US$275.5 million).

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Brazilian hide exports slightly higher in April

Brazil
Published:  16 May, 2017

After having registered a +17.2% increase in volume year-on-year in the month of March 2017, Brazilian hide exports recorded a slight increase in April compared with the same month the prior year.

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COTANCE project to update tannery health and safety guides

Europe
Published:  16 May, 2017

On May 11, COTANCE (Confederation of European Tanners’ Associations) and the trade union industriAll-European met in Paris with the project partners forming a steering committee of their new Social Dialogue project that considers key aspects of health and safety in tannery workplaces.

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U.S. and China agree on beef trade deal

United States
Published:  15 May, 2017

The U.S. government has reached agreement with China to ship beef and promote market access for other American products such as natural gas, and financial services.

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Wolverine Worldwide Q1 results exceeds expectations

Worldwide
Published:  15 May, 2017

The U.S. based footwear manufacturer has reported revenue of US$591.3 million, down -4.8% after taking into consideration the impact of the additional week of operations in the first quarter of fiscal 2017. 

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Leather goods offset Richemont’s sales slump

Worldwide
Published:  15 May, 2017

The Swiss luxury goods Group announced an overall sales decrease of 4%, at both actual and constant rates, to €10.65 billion for the year ended March 31, 2017, with sales of leather goods, jewellery, and writing instruments partially mitigating weak wholesale sales.

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Footwear sector discusses trade policies with EU parliament

Europe
Published:  15 May, 2017

Cleto Sagripanti, President, European Confederation for the Footwear Industry Associations (CEC) met with Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, on April 27, 2017 to exchange views on the European footwear sector’s trade and policy priorities.

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JBS Couros increases production in Vietnam by sevenfold

Vietnam
Published:  15 May, 2017

JBS Couros, the tanning division of the giant meatpacker JBS SA, says it has increased its production in Vietnam by sevenfold since it started operating in the country two and a half years ago.

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LVMH to launch multi-label e-commerce site

France
Published:  12 May, 2017

French luxury conglomerate LVMH is to launch a new e-commerce site for its Paris based premium department store Le Bon Marché.

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European leathergoods manufacturers form alliance

Europe
Published:  12 May, 2017

Formed in Brussels on April 27, the European Alliance for the Leather Goods industry (ELGA) brings together national industry associations from France, Italy, Spain and the UK.

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JBS to postpone New York listing

Brazil
Published:  12 May, 2017

JBS SA may delay the initial public offering of its New York international unit, initially planned to be launched in the first half of 2017.

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