JBS agrees to sell all its feedlot operations in the U.S.

United States
Published:  22 January, 2018

JBS USA announced on January 17 that it entered into an agreement to sell its Five Rivers Cattle Feeding’s feedlot operations in the U.S. 

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Natuzzi sets up joint venture to expand in China

Worldwide
Published:  22 January, 2018

The Italy headquartered premium leather furniture manufacturer has entered into a preliminary agreement with a Chinese distributor to form a joint venture to expand Natuzzi’s retail network in Greater China.

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'Premium News' added to ILM website homepage

Worldwide
Published:  17 January, 2018

From January 15, ILM has updated the look of its website homepage to make it look cleaner and easier for users to navigate and find the latest information. The main change regards the news section, which is now broken into two categories.

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Casual branded footwear Boardriders to acquire Billabong

United States
Published:  19 January, 2018

Boardriders, a global action sports and lifestyle company that owns and operates the Quiksilver, Roxy, and DC Shoes brands, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the shares of Billabong International, hence, creating the world's leading action sports company.

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Deadline approaches for Freiberg Leather Days paper submission

Germany
Published:  19 January, 2018

The 7th edition of the Freiberg Leather Days annual conference takes place in Freiberg, Germany, on June 13-14, 2018.

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Burberry maintains 2018 guidance despite declining revenue

Worldwide
Published:  18 January, 2018

The British luxury fashion Group’s retail sales for the third quarter ended December 31, 2017 declined -2% on a reported basis (+1% underlying).

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TFL releases Autumn/Winter 2019-20 trends catalogue

Worldwide
Published:  18 January, 2018

Specialty chemicals supplier TFL has released its new Colour Trends Catalogue for the Autumn/Winter 2019-20 season, comprising colour trends for the leather garment, footwear, accessories and upholstery industries.

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LIA Laboratory announces 2018 leather training courses

United States
Published:  18 January, 2018

The Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati, U.S., is offering a series of leather related training and educational courses throughout 2018.

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Lectra appoints new Managing Director for Japan

Japan
Published:  17 January, 2018

Based in Osaka, the role of Lectra’s new Managing Director for Japan is to support the Company’s fashion and clothing as well as automotive customers in the region as they undergo transformations related to Industry 4.0.

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Richemont’s revenue up +7% in Q3

Worldwide
Published:  17 January, 2018

Switzerland headquartered luxury goods holding company, Richemont, posted a 7% sales increase at constant exchange rates, year-on-year, for the quarter ending December 31, 2017.

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Ten tanneries showcase at Inspiramais

Brazil
Published:  16 January, 2018

The Brazilian event for fashion, design inspiration, leather and sustainability is welcoming ten tanneries at its 2018 edition, taking place January 16-17 at the Pro Magno Events Center in São Paulo, Brazil.

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First Brazilian tannery awarded CSCB certificate

Brazil
Published:  16 January, 2018

Located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazilian tanner Fuga Couros is the first to receive the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB).

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Audi posts record-breaking annual sales results

Worldwide
Published:  15 January, 2018

Despite a difficult start in 2017, premium carmaker Audi says it has achieved a new record-breaking figure with around 1,878,100 deliveries in the year (+0.6%), hence, increasing its global sales for the eighth year in a row.

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Kering to spin off Puma

Worldwide
Published:  15 January, 2018

The Board of Directors of the French luxury conglomerate unanimously proposed on January 11 to submit to its shareholders the project to distribute in kind around 70% of Puma shares, out of the 86.3% currently owned by the Group.

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Chinese textile producer leading bid to acquire Bally

Worldwide
Published:  12 January, 2018

China based Shandong Ruyi Group is reported to be leading the bid to acquire Swiss luxury leather footwear and accessories brand Bally International, which is owned by JAB Holdings international.

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Toyota and Mazda to build new U.S. plant

United States
Published:  12 January, 2018

Toyota and Mazda are to build a new manufacturing plant in Alabama, U.S., with a capacity to produce 300,000 vehicles annually.

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Strong sales for Aspinal in 2017

United Kingdom
Published:  11 January, 2018

High-end leather handbags and accessories brand, Aspinal of London, reported a 24% increase in sales to £29.4 million (US$39.7 million) in the year to March 2017.

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Busy start to 2018 for Lineapelle

Worldwide
Published:  10 January, 2018

The organisers of the international leather trade show begin the new year with two roadshows in January along with trend previews in London and New York, followed by the main event taking place in Milan in February.

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Marginal rise in Pakistan’s leather exports

Pakistan
Published:  10 January, 2018

Pakistan’s leather exports increased 2.18% in fiscal July-November 2017-18.

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National Beef potentially up for sale

United States
Published:  10 January, 2018

New York based conglomerate and investment holding company, Leucadia National Corp, is reported to be exploring a possible sale of all or part of its stake in its National Beef Packing Co, one of the biggest meat processors in the U.S.

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Couromoda to welcome Colombian buyers

Brazil
Published:  10 January, 2018

The 45th edition of Couromoda, Brazil’s largest trade fair aimed at the footwear and leather goods market, is to showcase over 2,000 collections of shoes and accessories.

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Lectra presents new branding identity

Worldwide
Published:  10 January, 2018

The France based technological solutions provider for the leather and textile sectors has unveiled a new branding identity that seeks to demonstrate the digital orientation of Lectra’s strategy.

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Russia’s beef production and imports on the rise

Russia
Published:  10 January, 2018

Russia’s domestic production and import of beef are both reported to be on the increase, while the country’s national cattle herd continues to decline.

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China introduces new environment tax

China
Published:  09 January, 2018

Effective from January 1, 2018, China has started collecting an environment tax to better protect the environment and reduce pollutant discharge. The new tax replaces the "pollutant discharge fee" that China had been collecting for nearly 40 years since 1979, and is aimed as a "green" financial and taxation system.

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Piquadro records strong revenue growth

Italy
Published:  09 January, 2018

The Italian luxury leather goods Group has recorded €71.32 million in revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2017-18, an increase of +39.2% year-on-year.

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Brazilian automotive production on the rise

Brazil
Published:  09 January, 2018

After recording a decline for the past three years, Brazil’s automotive production increased 25% in 2017 compared with the previous year.

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Mercedes-Benz 2017 delivery up +9.9%

Worldwide
Published:  09 January, 2018

The German premium carmaker sold approximately 2.3 million cars worldwide, increasing its unit sales by +9.9% in 2017.

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Bangladesh’s leather exports decline in H1

Bangladesh
Published:  09 January, 2018

Bangladesh’s total exports increased +7.15% in the first half of the fiscal year totalling US$17.92 billion in revenue, but exports of leather and leather goods, the country’s second largest export earning sector after garments, declined -1.21% in the period.

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Faurecia and Accenture to accelerate innovation on autonomous vehicles

Worldwide
Published:  08 January, 2018

French car parts and seating manufacturer, Faurecia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global management company Accenture for a five-year collaboration to accelerate innovation for mobility services.

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Smit & zoon joins the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme

Worldwide
Published:  08 January, 2018

Dutch leather chemicals manufacturer Smit & zoon announced it is joining the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme to support the Programme’s vision of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile, leather and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment.

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Disputes over Argentina’s hide export levies revived

Argentina
Published:  08 January, 2018

The appointment of Luis Miguel Etchevehere as the new Minister of Agriculture by Argentina’s President, Mauricio Macri, in November 2017 has revived a long-time dispute between the country’s slaughterhouses and tanneries over tax issues on leather exports.

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Lower overall U.S. car sales in 2017

United States
Published:  08 January, 2018

After stable growth since the 2010 recession, and including two years of record sales, new car sales in the U.S. totalled 17.2 million units in 2017, down -1.8% compared with 2016.

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Marc Jacobs to close several retail units

Worldwide
Published:  05 January, 2018

LVMH-owned fashion label Marc Jacobs is reported to close its remaining London (UK) retail store, with other European units to follow, as part of a restructuring plan.

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Smit & zoon achieves OHSAS 18001 accreditation for Italy unit

Italy
Published:  05 January, 2018

The leather chemical manufacturer announced it has attained certification to Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 for its finishing facility in Montorso, Italy. 

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Record sales growth for Aston Martin in 2017

Worldwide
Published:  05 January, 2018

The UK based luxury car manufacturer has reported a 58% increase in retail sales year-on-year and says it has upgraded its full-year profit guidance.

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Cargill launches certified beef traceability pilot

Worldwide
Published:  05 January, 2018

The North American agricultural commodities multinational has reported its results for the second quarter of 2018 and first half ended November 30, 2017. New investments include the acquisition of Brazilian cattle feed producer, Integral Animal Nutrition.

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Jalandhar tanneries closure suspended

India
Published:  05 January, 2018

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has revoked the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order of shutting down 19 tanning units in Jalandhar, Indian state of Punjab.

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Wolverine Worldwide facing lawsuits for polluted water

United States
Published:  04 January, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reported to have begun testing groundwater in Kent County, state of Michigan, following accusations that a former tannery dump owned by Wolverine Worldwide has contaminated drinking water.

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India Designers Fair offers invitation package to leather product designers

India
Published:  04 January, 2018

The India Council for Leather Exports (CLE), with the support of the Government of India and the Indian Leather and Footwear Industry, is offering a package to leather designers that includes a free stand, airline ticket and free hotel accommodation.

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OEKO-TEX presents new product regulations for 2018

Worldwide
Published:  04 January, 2018

The independent testing and certification system for leather and textiles, OEKO-TEX, has updated its existing guidelines for its product portfolio from January 2. 

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Brazil’s beef exports up +12% in 2017

Brazil
Published:  04 January, 2018

Fresh meat exports from Brazil in 2017 totalled 1.21 billion tonnes, up + 12.4% over the previous year, when around 1.08 billion tonnes were shipped. 

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Footwear supply chain seeks to map India’s ‘invisible workforce’

India
Published:  04 January, 2018

A meeting organised in Vellore, India, aimed at identifying the role of an ‘invisible workforce’ helping produce high-end footwear, brought together homeworkers, manufacturers, NGOs and brands face-to-face for the first time.

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Pakistan tanners want removal of duty on chemicals

Pakistan
Published:  03 January, 2018

Demands made by the Pakistan Tanners’ Association include the removal of various duties on the import of leather chemicals as well as the elimination of quarantine requirements on import of raw hides and skins.

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China cuts import tax on donkey hides

China
Published:  03 January, 2018

China’s General Administration of Customs has lowered the import tax on donkey hides as from January 1, 2018 as demand is reported to soar for their medicinal uses.

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Three workers killed in Ranipet tannery accident

India
Published:  03 January, 2018

Three workers were reported dead in a tannery located in Ranipet, Indian state of Tamil Nadu, at the end of December.

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Tanneries ordered to close in India’s Jalandhar district

India
Published:  02 January, 2018

India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the closure of 19 tanneries in Jalandhar, Indian state of Punjab, for allegedly discharging pollutants, including heavy metals into the communal drains.

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Court approves Super Tannery demerger

India
Published:  02 January, 2018

One of India’s oldest and most important tanners, Super Tannery, has announced the court has approved the demerger of its goat leather business division.

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Savar CETP still not fully operational

Bangladesh
Published:  02 January, 2018

Built and controlled by China based, Jiangsu Lingzhi Environmental Protection, the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) installed in Savar’s Tannery Zone, Bangladesh, is reported to lack the necessary chemicals to treat tannery waste.

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Leather chemicals supplier to divest Indonesian JV

India
Published:  02 January, 2018

Balmer Lawrie is seeking to divest a 50% stake in its Indonesian joint venture, Imani Ganda Utama.

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Mexican footwear sector focusses on international development

Mexico
Published:  22 December, 2017

Following the launch of Guanajuato region’s ‘Footwear Internationalisation Programme’, a group of León based footwear manufacturers hope to make up to 250,000 pairs of shoes for international footwear fashion brand Kenneth Cole.

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