Lanxess to centralise chromium production in South Africa

South Africa/Argentina
Published:  22 June, 2017

Seeking to further strengthen the competitiveness of its leather chemicals business, Lanxess has announced it is shifting its international chrome value chain to centralisation in South Africa and will discontinue production at the Zárate site in Argentina.

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Court blocks sale of JBS’ Mercosur units to Minerva

Brazil
Published:  22 June, 2017

A Brazilian judge has prohibited the sales of JBS’ meat processing units in Mercosur to meatpacking rival Minerva.

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Volvo’s Polestar to become stand-alone brand

Worldwide
Published:  22 June, 2017

Premium automotive manufacturer Volvo Cars has announced that Polestar, its performance car arm, is to become a new separately-branded electrified global high-performance car company.

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Manfred Willsch (left) with Martin Heise

VGCT presents annual awards

The Netherlands
Published:  22 June, 2017

The German Leather Technologists and Chemists Association (VGCT – Verein für Gerberei-Chemie und-Technik) presented its annual awards during the 6th Leather Days conference in Oisterwijk on June 21. The recipient of the main award was to leather and footwear industry publisher, Manfred Willsch.

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Leather project completes cycle of four sustainability seminars

Italy
Published:  22 June, 2017

Italian tanning group, Dani has announced the completion of a cycle of four seminars focussing on “Environmental sustainability techniques applied along the leather supply chain" on June 13, 2017.

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Fashion designer Carla Fendi passes away

Italy
Published:  21 June, 2017

Italian fashion house Fendi has confirmed that Carla Fendi passed away on June 20 at the age of 79, following a long illness.

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Land Rover's new Discovery folding seats

Land Rover wins award for seat innovation

Germany
Published:  21 June, 2017

The winners of the Automotive Interiors Expo Awards 2017 have been presented in Stuttgart on June 20.

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Left: Haiko Schulz, Marc Oomens and Martin Heise officially open the 6th Leather Days

6th Freiberg Leather Days underway

The Netherlands
Published:  21 June, 2017

Taking place outside of Germany for the first time, the 6th Freiberg Leather Days annual conference is being held in the leafy Dutch town of Oisterwijk as guest hosts of the Dutch Association of Leather Chemists and Technicians (NVLST). 

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Vuitton’s ‘Made in Italy’ footwear manufactured in Romania

Romania
Published:  21 June, 2017

A report by British newspaper The Guardian has alleged that Louis Vuitton’s luxury footwear labelled as ‘Made in Italy’ are, in fact, secretly produced in Romania.

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Nike to cut 2% of its global workforce

Worldwide
Published:  20 June, 2017

As part of its restructuring strategy, the sportswear Group announced it plans to cut 2% of its workforce worldwide in order to gain a competitive edge over its main rivals.

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Inspiramais to feature a preview of summer 2019

Brazil
Published:  20 June, 2017

Taking place July 3-4, 2017, the upcoming edition of Inspiramais will showcase the collections of over 150 exhibitors.

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PrimeAsia highlights commitment to community services

Worldwide
Published:  20 June, 2017

As part of its corporate commitment, international tanning Group PrimeAsia has volunteered 1,550 hours so far in 2017 toward community service projects in China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the U.S. 

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Meeting to discuss relocation of Kanpur tanneries

India
Published:  19 June, 2017

A meeting between the National Mission for a Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the Uttar Pradesh government officials is to be held this week.

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Diverse programme discussed at ALCA

United States
Published:  19 June, 2017

Set in a golfing resort, the American Leather Chemists Association held its 113th annual convention at Pinehurst, North Carolina, June 13-16. With a packed programme of talks that were presented by local and international talent, the diversity and depth that were covered was unprecedented.

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Rumours denied of Abu Dhabi fund bidding to acquire JBS

Brazil
Published:  19 June, 2017

Shares of the meatpacking giant fell on June 16 as rumours of Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Development Co preparing to make a bid for control of JBS were denied.

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Adient opens new plant in Macedonia

Macedonia
Published:  19 June, 2017

The American headquartered Tier-1 car seat manufacturer has opened a US$20 million plant in Macedonia on June 15.

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JBS parent holding J&F may sell US$2.4 billion in assets

Brazil
Published:  16 June, 2017

American financial agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has reported that J&F holding, owner of Brazilian meatpacker JBS, is planning to sell R$8 billion (US$2.44 billion) in assets to cover its public debts.

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OIE adopts global strategy on animal welfare

Worldwide
Published:  16 June, 2017

Members of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) adopted the group's first global strategy on animal welfare. The strategy aims to achieve "a world where the welfare of animals is respected, promoted and advanced, in ways that complement the pursuit of animal health, human well-being, socio-economic development and environmental sustainability." 

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U.S. and China beef access deal agreed

United States/China
Published:  16 June, 2017

The U.S. administration announced on June 12 details of the agreement with the Chinese government to resume imports of U.S. beef. The deal allows for qualified beef products produced after May 24, 2017, to be exported to China once a plant is approved by USDA as eligible to export to China. It represents the final step needed before U.S. beef exports reach China for the first time in nearly 14 years. 

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Lanvin considers leather goods range to halt crisis

Worldwide
Published:  15 June, 2017

France’s oldest and still independent luxury fashion brand, which has incurred a net loss of €18.3 million in 2016, is said to be considering developing a range of affordable leather goods but has been advised against it by market experts.

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Leather goods to remain Mulberry’s core business

Worldwide
Published:  15 June, 2017

The UK based leather goods brand made good progress in the year ended March 31, both in sales and profits, however, the brand has struggled with its international presence, posting a -3% decline in the ten-week retail sales to June 3, 2017.

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German association targets misleading users of the term ‘leather’

Germany
Published:  15 June, 2017

The German Leather Federation (VDL) has announced it is increasingly pursuing the misleading use of the term “leather” found in the promotion of alternative non-leather materials.

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Turkish tannery invests in solar technology

Turkey
Published:  15 June, 2017

The Turkish tanner Sepiciler, based in Izmir has started a new solar power project with a capacity of 12 megawatts.

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15 Kanpur tanners see their licence revoked

India
Published:  15 June, 2017

India’s Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has ordered the shutdown of 15 polluting tanneries located in the areas Jajmau (Kanpur) and Banthara (Unnao).

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Small and medium abattoirs dispute JBS market gap

Brazil
Published:  14 June, 2017

Various meat processing companies in Brazil are trying to fill the market gap left behind by JBS but, although meatpackers such as Minerva and Marfrig have plans to reactivate some of their dormant units, analysts say this will not suffice to cater for demand.

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Expo Riva Schuh targets emerging markets

Italy
Published:  14 June, 2017

The 88th edition of the footwear event recorded a total of 11,224 visitors, consistent with the corresponding edition in June 2016 according to the organisers.

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Higher operating revenue for Yue Yuen

Hong Kong
Published:  14 June, 2017

The leading branded footwear manufacturer has posted a higher net consolidated operating revenue in May 2017 compared with the same month the prior year.

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Brazilian footwear exports exceed expectations in May

Brazil
Published:  14 June, 2017

Total footwear exports increased both in volume and in value in May 2017 compared with the same month last year, but still reflect transactions carried out at the end of 2016 when exchange rates were more favourable when fixing prices.

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ECHA reclassifies titanium dioxide as carcinogen

Europe
Published:  13 June, 2017

European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has announced that titanium dioxide (CAS RN 13463-67-7) is to be reclassified as a Category 2 carcinogen. This can be a cause of concern for the tanning industry when presented in the form of aerosols.

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John Malkovich joins jury panel at Premiere Vision Awards

France
Published:  13 June, 2017

The American actor and director will be part of the PV Awards jury panel at the upcoming edition of the Parisian event aimed at the fashion sector, which includes high end leather collections.

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Aston Martin and Hogan collaborate on luxury trainers

United Kingdom
Published:  13 June, 2017

Luxury sports cars manufacturer Aston Martin and Italian footwear brand Hogan have announced a new partnership to launch a limited edition of luxury trainers for the Autumn-Winter 2017/18 season. 

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Worldwide growth trend for Volkswagen in May

Worldwide
Published:  12 June, 2017

The Volkswagen brand recorded a 3.5% increase in sales worldwide in May 2017 compared with the same month in 2016, with significant growth registered in Central and Eastern Europe.

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USHSLA files comments on NAFTA renegotiation priorities

United States
Published:  12 June, 2017

The U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) has filed a public comment letter with the Office of the United States Trade Representative addressing negotiating objectives in the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. In the comments, USHSLA makes the case that NAFTA has generally helped the U.S. hides and skins industry to capture additional value via trading opportunities, specifically in Mexico.

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Kanpur tanneries allowed to resume operations

India
Published:  12 June, 2017

 

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Brazilian cattle slaughter in decline

Brazil
Published:  12 June, 2017

Payment disputes and lack of trust between JBS and cattle breeders are leading to a decline in slaughter numbers in the country, while other Brazilian meatpackers such as Marfrig and Minerva Foods are reported to be unable to process the same quantity of beef as their main competitor.

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TFL continues to invest in future generations

United Kingdom
Published:  12 June, 2017

Students from the University of Northampton (Institute of Creative Leather Technologies - ICLT) and the Italian High School for Tanning Technology (ITIS G. Galilei) took part in a training week on leather technologies at the TFL Academy in Italy. It is the 16th year that TFL and the University of Northampton have collaborated in this way. 

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Kenya to build US$6.7 million tannery

Kenya
Published:  09 June, 2017

To be built in the Narok county, in the west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, the tannery will seek to boost exports through value addition.

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Chinese meat processing giant seeks expansion

China
Published:  09 June, 2017

WH Group Ltd, owner of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, is said to be seeking for U.S. and European beef and poultry assets so as to intensify competition with meatpacking rivals Tyson Foods and JBS. Although the company is seeking to diversify its portfolio, it says no deals are yet on the table and the targets have not been disclosed.

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88th edition of Expo Riva Schuh

Italy
Published:  09 June, 2017

The 88th edition of the professional footwear event that is increasingly becoming a reference for shoe brands and volume buyers takes place June 10-13, 2017 in Riva del Garda, Italy.

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Branca Fojo, Marsipel with Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano of Cotance accepting the Award

‘Leather is my Job!’ photo contest winners awarded

Spain
Published:  09 June, 2017

The winners of the ‘Leather is my Job!’ photographic competition received their prizes during the final project meeting in Igualada, Spain on June 8.

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Successful Brazilian footwear mission to Russia

Russia
Published:  09 June, 2017

The ‘Brazilian Footwear’ programme organised by Abicalçados, the Brazilian Shoe Manufacturers Association, has reported positive results for its 5th commercial mission to Russia.

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Only a few places left for traceability webinar

Worldwide
Published:  08 June, 2017

Few attendee spaces left for ILM’s webinar on June 14 at 4pm central European time on the hot topic of “Traceability in the Leather Supply Chain”. ILM will be joined by presenters from Stahl and Lectra for the 40-minute presentation. The webinar is free to view after registration, however, the numbers that can attend are restricted. 

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ZDHC MRSL Conformance Guidance released

Worldwide
Published:  08 June, 2017

The ZDHC Foundation has released the ZDHC MRSL Conformance Guidance, a manual for the industry that establishes an indication system to assess the conformance of chemical formulations used in production, with the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL).

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Xavier Badia, President, Acexpiel

Leather is my Job! stakeholders meet in Igualada

Spain
Published:  08 June, 2017

Members of the European leather industry and trade unions gathered at the Museu de la Pell D’Igualada I Comarcal de L’Anoia in Igualada, Spain on June 8 to discuss the way forward for improving training and employment skills in the European tanning industry. 

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New monthly sales record for Mercedes-Benz

Worldwide
Published:  08 June, 2017

The German premium automotive car manufacturer has posted double-digit growth in May 2017.

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Hermčs to inaugurate two production sites in France

France
Published:  08 June, 2017

The French luxury Group is to officially inaugurate two production sites in the French regions of Normandy and Nouvelle-Acquitaine.

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Faurecia adds seat production lines in Mexico

Mexico
Published:  07 June, 2017

The French automotive seating and parts manufacturing Group inaugurated the expansion of its plant located in Puebla, Mexico, on June 6, 2017.

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Spanish footwear records growth in exports in Q1

Spain
Published:  07 June, 2017

After registering a decline in 2016, the Spanish footwear sector finished the first quarter of 2017 on a positive note.

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JBS sells Latin American units to Minerva

Brazil
Published:  07 June, 2017

JBS SA has signed a deal to sell its meat processing plants in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay to Brazilian meatpacker Minerva.

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Continuing export demand for U.S. wet-salted hides

United States
Published:  16 June, 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 11 million head on May 1, 2017. Up 2% compared with May 1, 2016. U.S. processors are shipping more salted hides and less tanned material according to the latest data. 

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