Renovation works at veg-tan Consortium new headquarters

Italy
Published:  28 April, 2017

The Italian Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium has announced renovation works have begun for its new headquarters, to be located in a historical building in Ponte a Egola, Tuscany.

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Hong Kong based tanning Group posts loss of over US$1 million

Hong Kong
Published:  28 April, 2017

The large-scale Chinese leather producer based in Hong Kong said the Group has been impacted by a stagnant footwear leather market combined, low consumer demand and the enforcement of stricter environmental policies by the Chinese government.

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Cargill sells last two cattle feedlots

United States
Published:  28 April, 2017

The U.S based global commodities corporation Cargill has announced it will exit the cattle-feeding business following a review of the Company’s priorities.

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Brazil’s Leather Law Blitz is back on the road

Brazil
Published:  28 April, 2017

The initiative that aims to defend “leather” as a material in Brazil’s domestic market reaches its seventh phase, ensuring the legislative compliance of finished goods’ labels. Since its launch in 2013, more than 16,000 retail points and auto dealers have been inspected.

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Lear’s sales in the seating segment up 9%

Worldwide
Published:  28 April, 2017

Global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems Lear Corp has reported record sales and earnings for the first quarter 2017, with total sales up 7% to US$5 billion.

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Deckers considers its own sale

Worldwide
Published:  27 April, 2017

Deckers, owner of the boots and apparel brand UGG, announced it has initiated a process to review a broad range of strategic alternatives, which may include a sale or other transactions.

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Hermès increasing French leather goods production

Worldwide
Published:  27 April, 2017

The world’s most luxurious fashion brand has reported consolidated revenue up 13.5% at current exchanges rates to €1,352 million in the first quarter of 2017.

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East African countries aim to tax raw, wet-blue and crust

East Africa
Published:  27 April, 2017

Several East African governments have presented a proposal to increase tax on exports of wet-blue and crust in order to encourage the production value-added goods.

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PSA Group accelerates international development

Worldwide
Published:  27 April, 2017

The French automotive Group reported worldwide sales up 4.2% in the first quarter of 2017, mainly driven by Peugeot sales in Middle East and Africa.

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Shoes and leather goods lift Kering’s Q1 sales

Worldwide
Published:  27 April, 2017

French luxury conglomerate Kering has posted record results in the first quarter of 2017, across all activities and geographical regions.

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Recruitment: TECHNICIANS (m/f) - Wollsdorf Leather

Austria
Published:  26 April, 2017

Wollsdorf Leather is one of the leading European leather factories with around 1,000 employees worldwide producing high-quality leather for the international automotive, furniture and aircraft industries. To strengthen the team, Wollsdorf Leather is searching for Technicians.

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Richard Daniels, Greentech Associates with SLTC President Steve Trantum

International flavour to 120th SLTC conference

United Kingdom
Published:  26 April, 2017

The Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists annual conference took place at the University of Northampton on April 22 and had a strong international presence. Around 90 delegates from nine countries attended.

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Supply chain shares views on automotive leather

France
Published:  26 April, 2017

The third consecutive edition of Lectra’s annual event on the digitalisation of leather cutting processes was attended by decision-makers from more than 20 different countries at the integrated technology solutions supplier’s International Advanced Technology and Conference (IATC) centre in Bordeaux-Cestas, France.

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TFL releases Autumn/Winter 2018-19 trends

Germany
Published:  26 April, 2017

Specialty chemicals manufacturer for the leather industry TFL has released its new Colour Trends Catalogue for the Autumn/Winter 2018-19 season, presenting the colour trends for the leather garment, footwear, accessory and upholstery sectors.

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Dräxlmaier leather interior insights presented at Munich conference

Germany
Published:  26 April, 2017

Germany based automotive Tier-1 provider, Dräxlmaier Group will be among the speakers at the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference taking place in Munich on May 22. The presentation will focus on the latest innovations for leather on instrument panels. 

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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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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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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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Credit: Ralf Roedel/Puma

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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Power cutting in Hazaribagh

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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PrimeAsia Vietnam

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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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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