Expo Riva Schuh to meet buyer delegation from Scandinavia

Sweden
Published:  19 September, 2017

After an initial round in South Africa, the ‘Expo Riva Schuh Around the World’ project continues the promotional tour of the trade show with a day of talks on October 12 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Prestigious footwear brands showcase at Micam

Italy
Published:  19 September, 2017

Giorgio Armani, Jimmy Choo, Dolce&Gabbana, Sergio Rossi and Ermenegildo Zegna are a some of the new high-end names being featured at the Micam trade show, taking place September 17 – 20, in Milan, Italy.

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Sustainability plays key role in Tyson’s strategy

United States
Published:  19 September, 2017

The U.S. biggest food company expects record results in 2018, with an estimated US$41 billion in sales; a 6% improvement year-over-year.

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Higher Volkswagen deliveries in August

Worldwide
Published:  19 September, 2017

Volkswagen Group delivered a total of 820,000 vehicles in August 2017, up +8%, and says the scrappage scheme generated interest among customers who decided to switch to an up-to-date model.

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JBS shares lose value as founder returns

Brazil
Published:  19 September, 2017

Shares of JBS SA fell by 3.95% on September 18, representing a loss of R$955 million (US$304 million) in market value for the company.

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Why have European hide prices stayed firmer in 2017?

Worldwide
Published:  18 September, 2017

Throughout 2017, theSauerReport.com has been monitoring the global raw materials market and prices. Since mid-March, there has been a general raw hide price decline covering many hide selections across a range of freely traded materials of differing global origins. Overall prices are mostly driven by supply and demand but to understand the full picture, the story is far more complex. 

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August sees improvement in Brazilian hide exports

Brazil
Published:  18 September, 2017

The recently published data for the month of August 2017 by Brazil’s SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) confirms the general trend seen over the previous months, of a rise in the physical area of tanned hides and skins exported against a drop in their unit value.

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Strong demand for U.S. wet-blue in Europe

United States
Published:  18 September, 2017

Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totalled 10.6 million head on August 1, 2017, up +4% year-on-year.

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Italian footwear sector shows signs of growth

Italy
Published:  18 September, 2017

The 2017 mid-year report presented by Assocalzaturifici, the Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association, showed an increase in production in both volume and value.

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Recruitment: Environmental Auditor – Leather Working Group

United Kingdom
Published:  14 September, 2017

The Leather Working Group are currently recruiting for experienced Auditors who will be responsible for the environmental auditing of leather manufacturers.

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Richemont records growth in sales in H1 2017

Worldwide
Published:  15 September, 2017

The Switzerland-based luxury goods holding has posted sales for the five months ended August 31 up +12% at constant exchange rates and +10% at actual exchange rates.

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French police and fashion sector unite against counterfeiters

France
Published:  15 September, 2017

An unprecedented partnership agreement has been established in France between the fashion sector and expert members of the national police; a working group is to focus on the general problem of safety and economic development of French companies, in particular the fight against counterfeiting and the dismantling of illegal networks.

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Hermès sales of leather goods and saddlery up +12%

Worldwide
Published:  15 September, 2017

One of the world’s most exclusive fashion brands, Hermès has posted consolidated revenues amounting to €2,713 million for the first half of 2017, up +11% at current exchange rates and +10% at constant exchange rates.

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AAQTIC organises conference on restricted substances

Argentina
Published:  15 September, 2017

The Argentinean Association of Leather Technologists and Chemists (AAQTIC) is organising a one-day conference titled ‘Laboratory analysis for the detection of restricted substances in the tanning industry’, taking place October 9, at its new headquarters in Buenos Aires.

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Good momentum for Italian leather goods exports

Italy
Published:  15 September, 2017

Exports of Italian leather goods increased 15% over the first five months of 2017, according to Aimpes, the Italian Association of Leather goods Manufacturers.

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Gareth Brooks, Managing Director, VF Corp Asia

Brands looking for faster delivery from leather suppliers

China
Published:  14 September, 2017

A senior manager from VF Corp, owners of several major international brands including Timberland, Reef and Vans, has urged the leather supply chain to cut lead times and “go quicker”.

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Federal court suspends leniency agreement on JBS owners

Brazil
Published:  14 September, 2017

Brazil’s federal court has suspended the leniency agreement signed between the Public Prosecutor Office and J&F Investimentos, the holding company that owns meatpacking giant JBS.

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Stable visitor numbers at Momad Metropolis

Spain
Published:  13 September, 2017

Over 13,000 visitors attended the September 2017 edition of Momad Metropolis, in line with the previous September edition according to the organisers.

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Givenchy to sell leather collection online

Worldwide
Published:  13 September, 2017

French luxury fashion house Givenchy is to enter the e-commerce sales segment and expects leather goods to have a high demand.

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Tanneries Pechdo announces new ownership structure

France
Published:  13 September, 2017

Specialised in soft and innovative leathers since 1900, the tannery based in the famous French tanning town of Millau, in the southern district of Aveyron is one of few independent tanneries remaining in the country.

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Strong real affecting Brazilian footwear exports

Brazil
Published:  13 September, 2017

The oscillation of the exchange rate, in particular the appreciation of the Brazilian real against the U.S. dollar, is said to have had a negative impact on exports of footwear.

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Vietnam’s leather and footwear exports up 12.2%

Vietnam
Published:  13 September, 2017

Vietnam’s exports of leather and footwear in the first eight months of 2017 are reported to have increased 12.2%, year-on-year.

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Tanners put hide price pressure on traders

Bangladesh
Published:  13 September, 2017

Tanners in Bangladesh are reported to be offering low purchasing prices for raw hides amid allegations that tannery operations are only partially running in Savar and unsold stocks are high due to a fall in international demand.

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JBS SA sells British Moy Park for US$1.3 billion

Worldwide
Published:  12 September, 2017

Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS has reached an agreement to sell its British subsidiary to poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.

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Prada’s results struggle to turnaround

Worldwide
Published:  12 September, 2017

Despite good market acceptance for its new leather goods’ collection, the luxury Italian fashion brand has posted disappointing first-half results, with net revenues totalling €1,469 million; down 5.5% year-on-year.

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Italy eyes potential of African furniture market

Africa
Published:  12 September, 2017

In 2016, Italy was the third largest investor in Africa with US$11.6 billion, behind China (US$38.4 billion) and the Arab Emirates (US$14.9 billion), according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCDE).

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Successful raw-to-crust training course at U.S. pilot tannery

United States
Published:  11 September, 2017

The Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, U.S., held a two-week long training program in early August at the pilot tannery of the USDA’s Eastern Regional Research Center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Brazilian tanners see benefits in ACLE participation

Brazil
Published:  11 September, 2017

The 18 Brazilian businesses that participated at the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai, China, on August 30 – September 1, considered the fair to be positive for their businesses.

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JBS boss hands himself in to federal police

Brazil
Published:  11 September, 2017

Joesley Bastista, one of JBS owners, handed himself in to Brazil’s federal police on September 10 as Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered his arrest. Earlier in the month, Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS SA announced it had signed agreement to adhere to the terms of the leniency agreement between its controlling shareholder, J&F Investimentos, and the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office.

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Presidential changes at IULTCS

Worldwide
Published:  11 September, 2017

Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, current President of IULTCS (the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies), is to step down of his role at the end of 2017.

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GLCC discusses topics of common interest

China
Published:  11 September, 2017

Attended by 15 representatives from ICHSLTA (the International Council of Hides, Skins and Leather Traders Association), ICT (International Council of Tanners) and IULTCS (International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies), the Global Leather Coordinating Committee (GLCC) meeting took place in Shanghai during the recent All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) to discuss a range of topics facing the industry.

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Auto accessories specialist acquires leather chamois supplier

United States
Published:  08 September, 2017

The leading supplier of genuine leather chamois products in the U.S. has been acquired by a manufacturer and marketer of specialised accessories for the automotive and recreational vehicle aftermarkets.

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Nearly a third of Eid hides damaged due to malpractice

Pakistan
Published:  08 September, 2017

Over eight million animals are reported to have been sacrificed during the three-days of Eid al-Adha in Pakistan, and an estimated 27% of hides collected are said to have been damaged due to non-professional slaughtering.

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Tyson highlights commitment to animal well-being

China
Published:  08 September, 2017

Chad Martin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Beef Enterprise, Tyson Fresh Meats, the U.S. meatpacker and hide processor, has restated the company’s commitment to animal well-being at the core of its business during the 3rd World Leather Congress in Shanghai on August 29.

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Post Eid record low hide prices in Kashmir

India
Published:  08 September, 2017

The usual abundance of hides available in the Kashmiri market after Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice, was met with mixed feelings by local dealers, due to the dwindling demand for raw hides in India and the plummeting prices.

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Stephen Jeske, Vice President Sales/Marketing and Product Development at GST Autoleather

GST Autoleather highlights the naturalness of leather

China
Published:  07 September, 2017

Speaking at the 3rd World Leather Congress in Shanghai on August 29, Stephen Jeske of global automotive leather makers, GST Autoleather told delegates about the company’s plans to enhance its promotion of the natural characteristics of leather and highlighted some of the misleading labelling of car interiors in the U.S. market with non-leather materials by some OEMs.

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Millennials increasingly favour luxury accessories

United States
Published:  07 September, 2017

In the first six months of 2017, the gap between the purchases of luxury clothing and accessories has widened in the U.S., with sales of handbags increasing 22%, according to a retail analysis platform.

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Bank signs MoU with Nigerian leather association

Nigeria
Published:  07 September, 2017

Nigeria’s industrial development bank, Bank of Industry (BOI), is reported to have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with leather sector representatives to provide funding for the production of finished leather goods.

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Eco Passport by OEKO-TEX recognised by ZDHC

Worldwide
Published:  06 September, 2017

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme will now accept Eco Passport by OEKO-TEX certification as an indicator of conformance with the organisation’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) in connection with the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module.

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Auto upholstery leather manufacturer to close factory

Europe
Published:  06 September, 2017

A premium upholstery leather specialist for the automotive and aircraft sectors aims to concentrate its production facilities in another newly upgraded factory and will close one of its sites.

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Meatpacker BRF announces change in CEO

Brazil
Published:  06 September, 2017

The Board of Directors of one of the world’s biggest food companies announced it has dismissed Pedro Faria, the current CEO, amid divergences within the company.

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Bangladesh records low hide prices during Eid

Bangladesh
Published:  06 September, 2017

Hide prices are reported to have declined by over 30% during this year’s Islamic festival compared with 2016.

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Lonza sponsors Leather and Sustainability in Retail Conference

United Kingdom
Published:  05 September, 2017

BLC and International Leather Maker are pleased to confirm that, for the second year running, technology provider Lonza is a supporter sponsor for the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference taking place in London on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

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Court suspends JBS extraordinary shareholder meeting

Brazil
Published:  05 September, 2017

Initially scheduled to take place on September 1, a Brazilian judge has suspended the JBS SA extraordinary shareholders’ meeting for 15 days.  

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Lineapelle prepares for 93rd edition virtually sold-out

Italy
Published:  05 September, 2017

Taking place October 4–6 in Milan, exhibition space at the leather trade fair has been practically sold out due to the rise in exhibitor numbers in recent editions, according to the show organisers.

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Chinese court awards copyright damages to New Balance

China
Published:  05 September, 2017

A Chinese court in the city of Suzhou, eastern China, has ordered three entrepreneurs to pay copyright infringement damages to U.S. based sportswear manufacturer New Balance.

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Experts attend Cromogenia Units Barcelona meeting

Spain
Published:  04 September, 2017

Specialty chemical manufacturer Cromogenia Units organised an International Technical and Sales Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, on July 25-26, 2017.

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Ralph Lauren announces Senior Management reshuffle

Worldwide
Published:  04 September, 2017

After appointing P&G veteran Patrice Louvet as its new CEO in May 2017, the American lifestyle fashion brand has announced that Howard Smith has taken over responsibility for the EMEA region.

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Inspectors disconnect power to polluting tanneries

India
Published:  04 September, 2017

Four tannery units located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were reported to be discharging effluents into drainage systems without prior processing.

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13 new exhibitors at Premiere Vision Leather

France
Published:  14 September, 2017

Held under the new tagline “Cloud of Fashion”, the upcoming edition of the specialist trade show aimed at the fashion supply chain, the three-day fair Première Vision Paris opens its doors on September 19

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