No growth expected for Canada’s cattle herd

Canada
Published:  24 March, 2017

Canada’s cattle sector has been anticipating an expansion phase for several years, however, it seems growth is not yet in the forecast for 2017.

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Leather is My Job! photo contest extends entry deadline

Europe
Published:  24 March, 2017

The European Photo Contest depicting “people at work” in tanneries to show the appeal of working with leather has extended its submission deadline.

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Residential area planned to replace Hazaribagh tanneries

Bangladesh
Published:  24 March, 2017

As tanneries are shut down or move to the Savar Industrial Zone, plans are underway to decide on the future of what will once have been one of the most polluted areas in the world.

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Brazil’s meat processors struggle to restore confidence

Brazil
Published:  24 March, 2017

As several countries have either banned or raised their scrutiny on imports of Brazilian meat, the country’s largest processors struggle to regain investor confidence. The rotten meat scandal broke at a time when some the world’s biggest players in the meat sector were preparing to launch their initial public offerings on the foreign-based units.

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Leather goods and saddlery drive revenues for Hermčs

Worldwide
Published:  23 March, 2017

Consolidated revenues for one of the world’s most luxurious fashion brands has passed the €5 billion mark to reach €5,202 million in 2016, up +7.5% at current exchange rates and +7.4% at constant exchange rates.

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Stahl to acquire BASF Leather Chemicals

Worldwide
Published:  23 March, 2017

The Dutch specialty chemicals manufacturer has announced it has signed an agreement with BASF to acquire its Leather Chemicals Assets, part of BASF’s Performance Chemicals Division.

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Brazilian new car sales at its lowest in ten years

Brazil
Published:  23 March, 2017

New car sales in Brazil are struggling to recover as deliveries in the January-February period declined for the third consecutive year, hitting their lowest level since 2006.

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Deichmann and Primark join Hong Kong panel

Hong Kong
Published:  22 March, 2017

German shoe and sportswear retail chain Deichmann, and the Dublin-headquartered international clothing retailer, Primark will both be joining the panel discussion at the upcoming Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference to be held in Hong Kong on March 30, 2017.

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India cracks down on illegal slaughterhouses

India
Published:  22 March, 2017

Officials from the state of Uttar Pradesh are said to have started drawing up a list of several illegal slaughterhouses that operate in the northern state, raising anxiety among leather industry representatives.  

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Romanian cattle breeder to expand production of Angus beef

Romania
Published:  22 March, 2017

The Swiss-German invested producer of high-quality Angus beef says it will expand its herd to cater for the rising demand in Romania and will also target the wider EU market.

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Dr Heinz-Peter Germann

Olive leaf tanning specialist to speak at Automotive Conference

Germany
Published:  22 March, 2017

Dr Heinz-Peter Germann, Head of Product Development at ecological leather tanning specialist Wet-Green, will be a key speaker at the upcoming “ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain” conference taking place in the Bavarian capital city of Munich on May 22, 2017.

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Pittards to focus on interior and footwear markets

Worldwide
Published:  22 March, 2017

The specialist producer of technically advanced leather and luxury leather goods has reported a difficult financial year with depressed leather volumes, but is confident the management restructuring completed in the final quarter of 2016 will help improve its performance over the next three years.

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Luxury goods drive French leather exports in 2016

France
Published:  22 March, 2017

France’s total leather sector exports generated a total of €9.9 billion in 2016, representing a 6% increase compared with 2015, while exports of luxury leather goods and footwear items were up 8% in the year.

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VW Group deliveries decline in February

Worldwide
Published:  21 March, 2017

Volkswagen Group has registered a decline in the number of vehicles delivered worldwide in the month of February 2017, impacted by lower demand in China, Brazil and its home market Germany.

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Fimec scheduled to take place earlier in 2018

Brazil
Published:  21 March, 2017

The organisers of Fimec, one of Latin America’s largest international trade event dedicated to leather, chemicals, components and accessories for footwear, machinery and equipment, have announced the 2018 edition will take place earlier than usual to ensure it will not clash with other international events in the leather and footwear sectors.

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AICC technical seminar evaluates tanning systems

Italy
Published:  21 March, 2017

A technical seminar organised by AICC, the Italian Leather Chemists Association, discussed various topics related to the tanning process; highlighting its evolution from past to present days, and referring to the various techniques and materials used.

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PrimeAsia appoints Chief Sustainability Officer

Worldwide
Published:  21 March, 2017

International tanner for the footwear upper and leather goods segments PrimeAsia has appointed a new Chief Sustainability Officer to continue promoting the Group’s core environmental values.

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Burberry appoints new Director for leather goods and shoes

United Kingdom
Published:  20 March, 2017

The British luxury brand is reported to have appointed a new Design Director for its leather goods and shoes division, as well as a new Senior Vice-President for ‘Brand Experience’.

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Fraud investigation linked to meat packing conglomerates

Brazil
Published:  20 March, 2017

Accused of subverting food inspections on an international scale, JBS, the world’s largest meat processor by sales, has issued a statement to say that no judicial measures have been taken against the Company’s executives and that JBS’s headquarters were not a target of the operation conducted by Brazil’s federal police.

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Leather Naturally! hosts cocktail to launch new website

Hong Kong
Published:  20 March, 2017

The Leather Naturally! initiative will be officially launching its new revamped website and other digital tools during a cocktail at the occasion of the upcoming edition of APLF.

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Argentina’s beef production forecast to be the highest in a decade

Argentina
Published:  17 March, 2017

Beef production in Argentina is projected at 2.76 million metric tonnes (carcass weight equivalent - cwe) in 2017, a moderate increase from the previous year but the sector struggles to recover despite the Government’s recent measures to eliminate tax evasion in the domestic beef supply chain.

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Changing consumer tastes impacts Stella’s performance

Worldwide
Published:  17 March, 2017

The Hong Kong based developer, manufacturer, and distributor of footwear products has posted consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31 2016 of US$1.55 billion, representing a 12.4% decline over the previous year.

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155 tanneries ordered to shut down in Dhaka

Bangladesh
Published:  17 March, 2017

The petition filed by Bangladesh’s Leather Goods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (LFMEAB) challenging the High Court order of March 6, 2017 was unsuccessful.

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Russian beef production expected to decline in 2017

Russia
Published:  17 March, 2017

New report forecasts a drop in Russia’s beef production in 2017 as cattle numbers decline and dairy farms are impacted by a lack of development funds. 

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Panama Jack launches new collection with furniture supplier

United States
Published:  17 March, 2017

A U.S. casual home furnishings supplier has announced new licensing agreement with a leather upholstery specialist for the launch of new product lines under the Panama Jack brand.

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Focus on machinery and finishing applications in the latest edition of ILM

Worldwide
Published:  16 March, 2017

ILM has once again consolidated its position as the market leading multi-platform media brand with the publication of its latest March-April 2017 print and digital App edition. With almost a third more pages than its rivals, ILM subscribers get the very best premium content available in the leather industry. Here is an overview of the current edition.

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Report highlights poor working conditions in India

India
Published:  16 March, 2017

An international human rights organisation is calling for greater transparency in supply chains as it releases a report highlighting the poor health and safety conditions which it claims are encountered by workers in India’s leather industry.

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Monthly growth for U.S. wet-salted hide exports

United States
Published:  16 March, 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 February 1, 2017, +1% over February 1, 2016. While exports of wet-blue were down in both value and volume in January 2017, exports of wet-salted hides saw growth compared with the same month the prior year.

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Higher consolidated net revenue for JBS in 2016

Brazil
Published:  15 March, 2017

The world’s largest meat packer and leather processor posted a 4.6% increase in consolidated net revenue in 2016, despite recording a sharp fall in the fourth-quarter and experiencing a challenging economic environment in Brazil, which negatively impacted domestic consumption.

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Small fire at U.S. tannery damages machinery

United States
Published:  15 March, 2017

The fire originated in the tannery’s buffing room, damaging machinery, but the firefighters succeeded in extinguishing the blaze before it reached the main building.

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Adidas to present sustainability targets in Hong Kong conference

Hong Kong
Published:  15 March, 2017

Austin Davidsen, Senior Manager in Footwear Materials – Leather, Adidas Group, will be presenting 'Corporate Sustainability Goals and Chemical Management Targets - The Way Forward', at upcoming the Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference to be held in Hong Kong on March 30, 2017.

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France officially begins construction of new leather cluster

France
Published:  14 March, 2017

Located in Saint Junien, in the southwestern region of Acquitaine, France, the new ‘Cité du Cuir’ (Leather Village) aims to boost employment in the leather sector while protecting France’s renowned ‘savoir-faire’.

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Last chance to attend ICHSLTA APLF networking event

Hong Kong
Published:  14 March, 2017

ICHSLTA, the International Hides, Skins and Leather Traders Association, and USHSLA, the U.S. Hides Skins and Leather Association, are joining together to host an exclusive cocktail reception in Hong Kong on March 28, 2017.

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TATA Motors and Volkswagen to form alliance in India

India
Published:  14 March, 2017

TATA Motors has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Volkswagen and Skoda for the joint development of products, technologies and components sourcing.

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EU ‘Learn2Work’ footwear project targets young people

Europe
Published:  14 March, 2017

An ambitious European project titled “Learn2Work” aims to deliver an innovative training methodology to attract young people and prepare them with the technical and soft skills required by the globalised working environment. 

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Genesco’s fourth-quarter earnings better than expected

United States
Published:  13 March, 2017

The American retailer of branded footwear and licensed sports apparel posted better-than-expected earnings for its fourth-quarter ended January 28, 2017.

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Faurecia opens another manufacturing plant in Romania

Romania
Published:  13 March, 2017

Present in 34 countries with over 300 production sites, the automotive components supplier is to inaugurate yet another new manufacturing plant in Romania.

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Brazil’s hide exports lower in February

Brazil
Published:  13 March, 2017

Brazil’s total exports of hides and skins in February 2017 were higher compared with the previous month of January, but recorded double-digit fall year-on-year.

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Jimmy Choo’s revenue up 14.5% in 2016

Worldwide
Published:  13 March, 2017

The British luxury brand specialising in shoes and accessories posted a 14.5% increase in revenue in 2016 with improving retail momentum mainly driven by its shoes division, which represents 75% of the company’s’ total revenue.

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Meat company announces major leather expansion

Mexico
Published:  13 March, 2017

New offices, warehouse and fulfilment centre have been specifically designed to support the expansion of the global hide, wet-blue and crust leather divisions of a leading Mexican meat processor.

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Red meat price may rise 7% in Brazil

Brazil
Published:  10 March, 2017

As the Government tax exemption incentive aimed at slaughterhouses and retailers comes to an end, consumers in the state of Sao Paulo are expected to pay 6-7% more for red meat as from April 1, 2017.

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Nike remains the world’s most valuable apparel brand

Worldwide
Published:  10 March, 2017

An international strategy and consultancy report on brand strength says Nike has retained its position as the world’s most valuable apparel brand after a 13% rise in brand value to US$32 billion.

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2016 an exceptional year for Adidas

Worldwide
Published:  10 March, 2017

The international sportswear giant has posted record sales and earnings in 2016 with double-digit growth in nearly all market segments; attributed to the “Creating the New” strategy developed by the Group.

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Japan boosts Furla’s results

Worldwide
Published:  10 March, 2017

The Italian leather goods brand has reported a 24.5% increase in revenue for 2016 mainly driven by sales in Japan and retail points at international airports.

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Name change and revamp for APLF 2017

Hong Kong
Published:  09 March, 2017

As previously reported in the January/February 2017 print and digital edition of ILM, the upcoming edition of APLF may provide an insight into where the leather industry is heading as it faces multiple challenges in 2017. Its renamed components and materials sector focusses on innovation.

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Asia remains a key market for U.S. beef exports

United States
Published:  09 March, 2017

The latest official figures for the U.S. beef industry show the 2016 export momentum, when international shipments increased 12.56%, continued in January 2017, with Japan, South Korea and Mexico as the main destinations.

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Lower U.S. demand impacts Brazilian footwear exports

Brazil
Published:  09 March, 2017

The Brazilian footwear sector registered a decline in exports in terms of volume in February 2017, but an increase in value compared with the same month the prior year.

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China expected to dominate global meat industry by 2020

China
Published:  08 March, 2017

A recent report indicates that as China’s imports of beef, poultry and pork are expected to keep on rising in the next three years and the country is to dominate the world production of meat by 2020.

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Indonesia projects higher footwear exports in 2017

Indonesia
Published:  08 March, 2017

The U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement could help Indonesia’s footwear sector to boost its exports as its rival Vietnam will be subject to tariffs.

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Recruitment: Technical Manager - African Hide Trading (Pty) Ltd

South Africa
Published:  09 March, 2017

African Hide Trading (Pty) Ltd, a wet-blue tannery situated in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, is seeking a tannery Technical Manager.

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