French tanners head to LA

United States
Published:  21 July, 2017

A small group of French tanneries showcased a selection of leather materials in Los Angeles, U.S., prior to attending the Premiere Vision and Lineapelle shows in New York.

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LVMH expands leather goods training to Italy

Italy
Published:  21 July, 2017

The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) announced it has expanded to Italy, selecting leading Italian fashion school Polimoda as its first partner for training of leather goods artisans in the country.  

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Inspiramais announces January 2018 edition

Brazil
Published:  21 July, 2017

The July edition held in of São Paulo, Brazil, generated some US$8.26 million in immediate and medium-term business against US$3million in the previous edition, according to organisers.

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Leather Law blitz reports Rio inspection results

Brazil
Published:  21 July, 2017

According to the initiative, about 70% of the retail stores inspected in the state of Rio de Janeiro presented some form of misleading information in the labelling of leather alternatives.

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Brazilian wet-blue exports on the rise

Brazil
Published:  20 July, 2017

Brazilian exports of crust and finished leather were lower in June 2017 compared with the same month in the prior year, however, shipments of wet-blue have shown a significant increase. 

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JBS strives to remain operationally solid

Brazil
Published:  20 July, 2017

The Brazilian meatpacking giant has renegotiated its debts with several banks and has begun recruiting at some of its units located in the state of Mato Grosso.

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Volkswagen Group’s deliveries up 4.2% in June

Worldwide
Published:  20 July, 2017

The Germany headquartered automotive Group’s new vehicle deliveries rose 4.2% to 920,700 units in June 2017, with total deliveries in the first half of the year reaching 5.2 million units, +0.8% year-on-year.

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U.S. cattle for slaughter inventory higher in May

United States
Published:  20 July, 2017

The inventory for cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head was 3% above June 1, 2016. 

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Northern India’s largest hide market in crisis

India
Published:  19 July, 2017

Raw materials prices have dropped by almost 50% compared with three years ago and the current crisis in the Indian raw materials supply chain feels the effect of government policies.

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First edition of BLLISS International Sourcing Show

Bangladesh
Published:  18 July, 2017

Taking place for the first time, the Bangladesh Leather Footwear & Leathergoods International Sourcing Show (BLLISS) will be held November 16-18, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Buriganga’s water quality improves after tannery relocation

Bangladesh
Published:  18 July, 2017

Local water services have reported that the water quality of the Buriganga river has slowly started to improve after the tanneries relocated from Hazaribagh to Savar.

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JBS Canada to sell its feedlots

Canada
Published:  18 July, 2017

The Brazil headquartered meatpacking giant has announced that its Canadian subsidiary, JBS Food Canada Inc., has reached an agreement to sell its beef cattle feedlot, Lakeside Feeders, and adjacent farmland in Brooks, Alberta, to MCF Holdings for CAD50 million (US$40 million).

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Italy-Vietnam Footwear Technology Centre inaugurated

Vietnam
Published:  18 July, 2017

Established to promote research and development of leather and footwear products as well as train local workers in the use of modern machinery, the Italy-Vietnam Footwear Technology Centre is located at the Lefaso Centre (Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association), in the southern province of Binh Duong’s Di An district, Vietnam.

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Smit & zoon opens Brazilian laboratory

Brazil
Published:  18 July, 2017

Dutch leather chemical manufacturer, Smit & zoon has officially opened a Leather Application Laboratory in Novo Hamburgo, state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. This expansion supports the company’s growth strategy in the Brazilian market to supply products and services to tanneries in the country.

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Silvateam win innovation award

Austria
Published:  17 July, 2017

The Italian producer of plant based extracts was awarded a prize for innovation during the 11th World Congress on Polyphenols Applications held in Vienna, Austria, at the end of June.

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Luxury leather covered smartphone maker bankrupt

United Kingdom
Published:  17 July, 2017

Notorious for handmaking distinctive smartphones covered with luxurious materials such as exotic skins, gold and diamonds, the UK based producer has decided to stop production.

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UNIC protects genuine “leather” name with formal notice

Italy
Published:  17 July, 2017

UNIC, the Italian Tanners Association, has issued a formal notice to the producer of an alternative material to leather, made from grapes, which has led to the company to totally remove any misleading labelling from its website.

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Faurecia expands leather seating with new plant

Morocco
Published:  17 July, 2017

On July 13, French automotive equipment supplier Faurecia inaugurated a new production plant in Salé, Morocco, to sustain the growth of its leather and textile seating business.

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J&F agrees to sell Alpargatas

Brazil
Published:  14 July, 2017

The holding that owns meatpacking giant JBS has finally agreed to sell the footwear manufacturing Group to Brazilian financial investors Cambuhy and Itaúsa.

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JBS authorised to negotiate asset sale

Brazil
Published:  14 July, 2017

In a statement released on July 13 to its shareholders and to the market in general, the meatpacking giant announced that Brazil’s First Regional Federal Tribunal has issued a judicial injunction removing the Company’s restriction to negotiate assets.

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Animal protein lift Cargill’s earnings

Worldwide
Published:  14 July, 2017

Agricultural commodities multinational Cargill has reported strong financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended May 31, 2017. 

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Over 700 exhibitors at Shoes & Leather Vietnam

Vietnam
Published:  13 July, 2017

The International Shoes and Leather Exhibition opened its doors today in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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BMW Group achieves record first half-year results

Worldwide
Published:  13 July, 2017

Sales at premium carmaker BMW Group have achieved their best ever June result as well as a record first half-year, with sales of the BMW Group’s three premium brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce increasing 5% year-on-year.

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UP tanneries ordered to install chromium recovery plants

India
Published:  13 July, 2017

India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given tanneries in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) four weeks to install new chromium recovery facilities.

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Timberland creates greenspaces in European cities

Europe
Published:  12 July, 2017

U.S. based footwear group VF Corporation has outlined a series of service projects that illustrate its commitment to local communities worldwide.

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Burberry posts 3% increase in retail sales in Q2

Worldwide
Published:  12 July, 2017

The British fashion house has announced a 3% underlying retail revenue growth for the three months to June 30, compared with the same period last year.

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India suspends ban on cattle slaughter

India
Published:  12 July, 2017

On July 11, India’s Supreme Court suspended the law established by the Modi government which banned the sale of cattle for slaughter, including buffaloes, camels and cows.

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Senior appointments at Clarks

Worldwide
Published:  12 July, 2017

The UK headquartered shoes retailer and manufacturer has appointed a new regional President for the Asia Pacific region and a Managing Director for Europe.

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Demands for Kenya to revise duty on hides and skins

Kenya
Published:  12 July, 2017

The 90% export tariff on raw hides and skins is said to have negatively affected local leather prices.

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J&F rejects offer for Alpargatas

Brazil
Published:  11 July, 2017

Brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista, owners of the holding J&F which controls JBS, are reported to have rejected the offer from Brazilian investors Cambuhy and Itaúsa for the purchase of footwear maker Alpargatas.

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Xeros and Wollsdorf Leather sign 10-year agreement

Europe
Published:  11 July, 2017

The UK based developer and provider of polymer bead technologies, Xeros has signed a final agreement with the Austria based upholstery tannery, Wollsdorf to be used in its retanning operations.

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Antitrust watchdog approves Minerva’s purchase of JBS Mercosur assets

Brazil
Published:  11 July, 2017

Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE), an antitrust watchdog, approved Minerva’s purchase JBS Mercosur’s assets on July 10.

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USHSLA and LIA announce joint meeting

United States
Published:  11 July, 2017

The 38th USHSLA (the United States Hides, Skins and Leather Association) and 100th LIA (Leather Industries of America) Annual Meeting and Convention will be held September 27 - 28, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown Chicago, U.S.

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India to approve new package for the leather sector

India
Published:  11 July, 2017

India’s government is expected to approve a scheme to boost manufacturing and job creation in the leather and footwear segment by the end of July.

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India’s footwear sector hurt by new tax

India
Published:  10 July, 2017

Footwear production is reported to have come to a halt in some parts of India due to the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed by the Government on July 1.

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Brazilian banks could acquire Alpargatas

Brazil
Published:  10 July, 2017

According to insiders with knowledge on the matter, family-run Brazilian banks Cambuhy Investimentos and Itaúsa Ivestimentos could acquire majority stakes worth R$3.3-3.5 billion (US$1-1.1 billion) in footwear maker Alpagartas.

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Strongest ever half-year sales for Mercedes-Benz

Worldwide
Published:  10 July, 2017

Sales for the premium German carmaker Mercedes-Benz increased 13.7% to 1,144,274 units in first half of 2017, significantly surpassing its prior-year unit sales both in June and in the first six months of the year.

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Cattle prices decline in Brazil

Brazil
Published:  10 July, 2017

An index of fed cattle prices in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo dropped to its lowest level since August 2014. 

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JBS could reimburse Brazilian treasury for losses

Brazil
Published:  07 July, 2017

Brazil's federal accountability office (TCU) decided on June 6 to consider as evidence the terms of a plea deal by JBS SA owner and shareholder Joesley Batista in the assessment of the damages caused by JBS’s acquisition of meatpacking company Swift in 2007.

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Meat Group acquires Rompa Leather

The Netherlands
Published:  07 July, 2017

The owners of Rompa Beheer BV announced they have sold their company shares to a Luxembourg based group involved in meat processing.

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Volvo sales up 8.2% in first half

Worldwide
Published:  07 July, 2017

Volvo Cars has posted an 8.2% increase in sales in the first six months of the year and says it remains firmly on course for another record year in retail sales.

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Concerns over lack of gas supply to Savar tanners

Bangladesh
Published:  07 July, 2017

Only nine tanneries in the Savar Industrial Zone are reported to have gas connections, raising concerns on the effects this will have on the leather sector with regards to the hide and skin collection during the upcoming Eid Al-Adha, taking place August 31 – September 4.

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Brazilian tanners target Vietnamese market

Vietnam
Published:  07 July, 2017

A group of Brazilian tanners attending the forthcoming edition of the Shoes & Leather Exhibition taking place July 12-14 in Ho Chi Minh, expect to generate business worth US$20 million during the event.

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EU and Japan agree on leather and shoe quotas

Europe/Japan
Published:  07 July, 2017

The European Commission has released a document summarising the key elements of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement following the EU-Japan Summit held in Brussels, Belgium, on July 6.

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Leather chemistry featured in latest edition of ILM

Worldwide
Published:  06 July, 2017

The July-August edition of ILM is now ready to download from the ILM App for Apple and android devices for subscribers. This edition has a strong focus on leather chemicals and chemistry but also includes a range of non-technical articles and commentary. 

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TEGEWA members support XXXV IULTCS Congress

Germany
Published:  06 July, 2017

VGCT, the German Tannery Chemists and Technicians Association, and the members of TEGEWA have signed an agreement to provide start-up funding for the preparation of the XXXV IULTCS (International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies) Congress to take place in 2019 in Dresden, Germany.

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Raw hide traders protest against new tax

India
Published:  06 July, 2017

Effective from July 1, India’s new Goods and Service Tax (GST) has already raised discontentment among raw hide traders in Jalandhar.

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Dr Sascha Dietrich

FILK appoints new head of accredited test lab

Germany
Published:  06 July, 2017

The Freiberg based leather and collagen research institute, FILK has announced the appointment of a new General Manager for its accredited test lab.

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National sales of leather footwear fall by almost a third

Argentina
Published:  05 July, 2017

Domestic sales of leather footwear in Argentina has fallen by an estimated 30% since the beginning of 2017 compared with the corresponding period the prior year.

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Titanium dioxide update

Worldwide
Published:  05 July, 2017

By means of an update to the ILM news released on June 13, 2017 concerning titanium dioxide, TiO2 (CAS RN 13463-67-7) is to be Chemical, Labelling, and Packaging (CLP) reclassified as a Category 2 carcinogen, by inhalation. The focus is on “sharp edges” of finely ground powders. Liquid aerosols don’t seem to be of interest to the toxicologists who are focussing on nanoparticles and powders.

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