Content-driven January/February 2019 edition of ILM now available

Worldwide
Published:  18 January, 2019

The market leading 116-page, January/February 2019 edition of ILM has now been published in print and on its digital app for Apple and android devices. It features a broad range of industry related articles across the main leather end-user segments.

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Sears wins bankruptcy audition

United States
Published:  21 January, 2019

Sears Holding Corp has allegedly won a bankruptcy audition in New York, enabling the 126-year-old U.S. retailing chain to maintain its, roughly, 400 stores open across the country.

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Lineapelle London to showcase collections of 42 exhibitors

United Kingdom
Published:  18 January, 2019

On January 22, Lineapelle London will showcase the collections of 42 exhibitors, including 27 tanneries, at the Ham Yard Hotel located in Soho.

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Tesla to reduce workforce

Worldwide
Published:  18 January, 2019

The premium electric car manufacturer is to cut 7% of its workforce as the cars were ‘too expensive for most people’. The company does not offer leather as a standard seating material option.

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Rumours of Rihanna launching luxury brand with LVMH

Worldwide
Published:  18 January, 2019

Reportedly, the 30-year-old singer and songwriter has been in secret talks with the French luxury conglomerate to launch her own fashion brand.

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Clarks to close UK manufacturing plant

United Kingdom
Published:  18 January, 2019

The footwear manufacturer and retail chain has failed to reach the targets set for its factory located in Street, a town in the English county of Somerset.

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Stahl appoints exclusive distributor in U.S. and Canada

North America
Published:  17 January, 2019

The Netherlands based chemical manufacturer has appointed Tannin Corporation as the sole agent and distributor for its Leather Chemicals portfolio in the U.S. and Canada, effective from January 1, 2019.

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LVMH’s CEO appoints daughter to Executive Committee

Worldwide
Published:  17 January, 2019

Delphine Arnault, daughter of the French luxury conglomerate’s CEO, Bernard Arnault, has been appointed to the Executive Committee.

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Lectra accelerates implementation of 4.0 strategy

Worldwide
Published:  16 January, 2019

The France headquartered technological solutions provider is strengthening its Executive Committee and reorganising its subsidiaries to accelerate the implementation of the Lectra 4.0 strategy.

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Leather training opportunities in the U.S.

United States
Published:  15 January, 2019

The Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, U.S., will be offering a two-day ‘Leather Orientation’ course in 2019, and will be renewing its ‘Raw Hide to Crust’ course for a third year.

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BMW posts record sales in 2018

Worldwide
Published:  15 January, 2019

The premium German car manufacturer says it has achieved its highest-ever annual sales with a total of 2,125,026 units (+1.8%) sold worldwide in 2018.

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Double-digit revenue growth for Richemont

Worldwide
Published:  14 January, 2019

The Switzerland based luxury holding has announced a year-on-year sales increase of +25% at actual exchange rates, and +24% at constant exchange rates, in its third quarter ending December 31.

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Vans sues Primark over sneaker design

Worldwide
Published:  14 January, 2019

The California based casual and sports footwear brand claims the Irish fast-fashion retailer has copied two of its iconic skateboard sneakers.

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New tannery and shoe factory to be set up in Nigeria

Nigeria
Published:  14 January, 2019

Publicly-owned Sokoto Investment Company Limited (SICL) has partnered with London based Pan African Enterprises (PAE) to revitalise the leather sector in north-west Nigeria.

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Lancel acquisition boosts Piquadro’s results

Worldwide
Published:  14 January, 2019

The Italian premium leather goods manufacturer ended the first nine months of its fiscal 2018-19 with revenues of €107.3 million, up 50.5% compared with the same period of the previous financial year (€71.3 million). 

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UNIDO and ILM produce H2S safety poster

Worldwide
Published:  11 January, 2019

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and its partner Global Environment Faculty (GEF) have teamed up with ILM and consultants Authenticae to produce a free A1 poster on the dangers of hydrogen sulphide gas (H2S) in tanneries. The poster is being mailed out with the January-February printed edition of ILM to its entire readership, as well as distributed at major fairs taking place in Chennai and Milan during the first quarter of 2019.

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The role of digital influencers discussed at Expo Riva Schuh

Italy
Published:  11 January, 2019

The 91st edition of Expo Riva Schuh takes place in Riva del Guarda, Italy, January 12-15.

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Coach signs licensing agreement with mobile accessories developer

United States
Published:  11 January, 2019

The U.S. headquartered premium fashion brand has signed an agreement with California based, Incipio Group.

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Ford and JLR to cut thousands of jobs

Worldwide
Published:  11 January, 2019

The U.S. headquartered automotive manufacturer Ford is pursuing a US$14 billion global cost-saving plan and has announced plans to cut jobs in Europe. Similarly, automotive group Jaguar Land Rover is to cut 4,500 jobs globally but most affected in its home UK market.

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U.S. – China trade talks resume in Beijing

China
Published:  08 January, 2019

U.S. officials are meeting their counterparts in Beijing on January 7-8 for talks that aim to end the trade dispute.

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APLF announces new configuration in 2020

Hong Kong
Published:  07 January, 2019

The trade show organisers have announced they will re-segment and re-group the product zones as from 2020. APLF Leather is to be relocated from Level 1 to Level 3, offering more prime stand locations to current exhibitors.

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Sharp drop in second-quarter earnings for Cargill

Worldwide
Published:  07 January, 2019

The international agricultural commodities producer reported net earnings down -20% in the second quarter of its fiscal 2019.

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Digital transformation drives Nike’s growth

Worldwide
Published:  07 January, 2019

The global sportwear manufacturer reported double-digit revenue growth for its second quarter ending November 30, 2018.

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Italian footwear production falls

Italy
Published:  07 January, 2019

Italian footwear production is reported to have contracted -2.4% in the first nine months of 2018, with a -5% decline recorded in the third quarter.

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Marfrig unit damaged by fire back in operation

Brazil
Published:  04 January, 2019

The meat processor’s unit located in Mineiros, Brazilian state of Goiania, has returned to full capacity after being hit by a fire in October.

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Adient to close Michigan unit

United States
Published:  03 January, 2019

The automotive seating and components manufacturer is to close a production plant located in Charlotte, U.S, state of Michigan.

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Michael Kors completes Versace acquisition

Worldwide
Published:  03 January, 2019

Michael Kors Holdings, now renamed Capri Holdings, announced on January 2 that it has completed the acquisition of luxury Italian fashion label, Versace.

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Satra publishes 2018 World Footwear Markets report

United Kingdom
Published:  21 December, 2018

The 2018 edition of Satra’s recognised and valued World Footwear Markets report is now available providing production, import, export and consumption figures for 67 countries between 2013 and 2017. 

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UKLF announces new apprenticeship standard

United Kingdom
Published:  20 December, 2018

The Leather Craftsperson Apprenticeship Standard has been designed to give an overarching range of skills, knowledge and behaviours appropriate to both the production of leather and the manufacture of leather goods.

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Farfetch to acquire sneaker marketplace Stadium Goods

United States
Published:  19 December, 2018

The online luxury fashion retail platform has agreed to acquire the U.S. based sneakers and streetwear online marketplace for US$250 million.

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Longchamp’s workshops in France seek to transmit know-how

France
Published:  19 December, 2018

As 30-60 employees of the premium French leather goods label leave on retirement each year, opportunities are open to anyone wishing to undertake its training modules; the only pre-requisite is ‘motivation’.

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Roberto Cavalli could have new owner

Italy
Published:  18 December, 2018

Ten different companies are reported to be interested in buying luxury Italian fashion label, Roberto Cavalli.

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TFL to display leather car seats and steering wheels at IILF 2019

India
Published:  17 December, 2018

The specialty chemical manufacturer will present leathers aimed at the automotive, upholstery, garment and shoe sectors, according to the TFL colour trends forecast for Spring/Summer 2020 and Autumn/Winter 2020-21, at the upcoming edition of IILF 2019 in Chennai, India.

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Veg-tanned leathers showcased at Inspiramais 2020_I

Brazil
Published:  17 December, 2018

15 Brazilian tanneries are to showcase at Inspiramais taking place January 15-16 at the Pro Magno Events Center in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Registrations open for Fimec Forum 2019

Brazil
Published:  14 December, 2018

Aimed at providing global information and expertise for the leather-footwear industry, the Forum takes place on February 27, in Novo Hamburgo (RS), simultaneously with the 43rd edition of the Fimec trade show.

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Brazilian Federal Police carry out warrant related to JBS corruption

Brazil
Published:  13 December, 2018

On November 11, Brazil’s Federal Police and Public Prosecution Officers carried out search warrants and seizure in the home of Senator, and former presidential runner, Aécio Neves, who allegedly received millions of reais in bribes, according to a testimony from J & F Executives, Joesley Batista and Ricardo Saud.

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Marfrig acquires Argentinean subsidiary of BFR

Argentina
Published:  12 December, 2018

The Brazilian meatpacker announced it has acquired Quickfood, a leader in Argentina’s beef by-products market, and formed an alliance with multinational BRF in the Brazilian market.

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Leather footwear focus during 43rd Fimec

Brazil
Published:  11 December, 2018

The 43rd edition of Fimec (International Fair of Leather, Chemical Products, Components, Machines and Equipment for Footwear and Tanneries) takes place February 26-28, 2019 at the Fenac pavilions in Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 

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U.S. officials question JBS owners

Brazil
Published:  10 December, 2018

Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice have reportedly questioned the major shareholders of J&F Investimentos, owner of meatpacking giant JBS, during a recent visit to Brazil.

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8th Freiberg Leather Days call for papers

Germany
Published:  07 December, 2018

The organisers of Freiberg Leather days, taking place in Dresden, Germany, on June 27-28, 2019, are calling for paper submissions.

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Leather Naturally urges industry stakeholders to unite and promote leather

Worldwide
Published:  06 December, 2018

Responding to an increasing demand by leather stakeholders, the Leather Naturally initiative is to create “a state-of-the-art multimedia platform” to actively engage with consumers. It is also seeking further support from the industry to fund the campaign.

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Rino Mastrotto looking to set up in Kenya

Italy
Published:  06 December, 2018

William Ruto, Kenya’s Deputy President, welcomed the decision of the Italian tanning Group, Rino Mastrotto and said the Kenyan government would provide the necessary assistance to the establishment of a processing plant in the country.

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Versace to open handbags and shoes production units

Italy
Published:  06 December, 2018

The Italian fashion label said it has plans to develop its shoes and handbags lines but that it remains committed to the ‘Made in Italy’.

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Audi announces major investments over five years

Worldwide
Published:  05 December, 2018

The German premium automotive manufacturer plans to spend €40 billion over the next five years, including investments in property, plant and equipment as well as research and development.

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JBS appoints new Chief Financial Officer

Brazil
Published:  05 December, 2018

The Brazilian meatpacker has appointed Guilherme Cavalcanti as the Company’s Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of Investor Relations, effective from January 15, 2019.

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Natuzzi to focus on supply chain efficiency improvement

Worldwide
Published:  03 December, 2018

The Italian premium leather furniture manufacturer has announced lower consolidated net sales in the third quarter and first nine months of 2018.

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Gucci due in court over tax avoidance

Italy
Published:  30 November, 2018

In 2017, Milan prosecutors had accused the Italian luxury label of declaring tax on profits in Switzerland, which has a more favourable tax regime, instead of Italy.

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GM to close several factories to enhance business performance

Worldwide
Published:  29 November, 2018

The U.S. headquartered automotive manufacturer has announced it will cease operations in five North American plants and another three abroad.

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Allen Edmonds men's footwear

Caleres accelerates in-house distribution

Brazil
Published:  29 November, 2018

The U.S. based global footwear Group says it is updating its 2018 adjusted earnings per share guidance following the third quarter financial results.

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Brazil’s Minerva signs MoU with Alibaba Group

Brazil
Published:  28 November, 2018

After rival JBS, the Brazilian meatpacker reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China’s e-commerce platform, Alibaba Group.

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