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Richard Pai

The Leather Revolution
Article first published in ILM print and digital edition, Nov/Dec 2016
Published:  01 February, 2017

As President of the International Council of Tanners (ICT) and of the Taiwanese International Leather Association (TILA), I recently announced that preparations were under way for the third Congress to be held on August 29, 2017, at the Pullman Hotel in Shanghai South, China.


Hsin Huang, Secretary General, International Meat Secretariat

Meat and leather industries have much in common
Hsin Huang, Secretary General, International Meat Secretariat
Published:  11 August, 2016

Article first published in ILM July-August 2016 edition. The meat and livestock industry is making great strides towards becoming more sustainable. This is fortunate as with a growing population, projected to be over 9 billion by 2050, there will be an increase of around 75% in the demand for meat. Meat and other animal products such as milk and eggs provide a critical contribution and diversity to diets, are nutrient-rich and energy-dense, and are excellent sources of protein, vitamins and key micronutrients.


John Koppany

A new start for Argentina’s tanners
Guest opinion John Koppany
Published:  02 August, 2016

Article first published in ILM May-June 2016 edition. Argentina is a country which almost by definition is profoundly politically and economically unstable, and totally unpredictable. However, because of its more than 55 million head of cattle, a traditional export oriented and well known tanning industry, it has always been a player in the global leather industry. 


Amitabh Mathur

Indian tanners provide jobs for three million
Guest Column - First published in ILM Jan-Feb 2016 edition
Published:  14 March, 2016

Leather goods evoke a feeling of luxury and class. However, the leather industry per se including abattoirs, beamhouses and tanneries, does not enter the minds of consumers.


Rino Mastrotto

China has an impact on everyone
Guest Column - First published in ILM Nov-Dec 2015 edition
Published:  14 March, 2016

As China is going through a period of huge transformation in its economy, mainly linked to the necessity of managing the slowdown in growth, this is having important consequences in each and every sector, leather included.


Nick Winters

Volatile times
Guest Column - First published in ILM Sep-Oct 2015 edition
Published:  14 March, 2016

Hide markets worldwide have been under serious pressure since APLF, the Hong Kong fair, and have brought back the type of stress we encountered at the end of 2008. Although some in the industry are trying to compare these two events, I tend to disagree for three main reasons.


Guilherme Motta

Driving growth in the industry
Guilherme Motta - First published in ILM July/Aug 2015 edition
Published:  01 February, 2016

One of the biggest discussions the industry is going through is about the growth in demand for automotive leather in a moment when the expansion of cattle herds around the world is not keeping at the same pace. In fact, in some areas traditionally known for their cattle production, a reduction or just a marginal growth is expected in the next few years. This is the case in the U.S and Europe.


Muhammad Musaddiq, Director of Siddiq Leather Works

Opportunities for South Asia
Muhammad Musaddiq, Director of Siddiq Leather Works
Published:  17 August, 2015

For the leather industry, the cost of doing business is very high at present, with little or no margins around the world and especially in the South Asian region. The main problems are the cost of the raw materials such as raw hides and process chemicals. Article first published in ILM May-June 2015 edition.


Vulnerable on several fronts
Jonathan Muirhead, Chairman of Scottish Leather Group
Published:  13 July, 2015

Although the leather manufacturing industry in the developed world has declined, certainly in respect of the number of tanneries, most of those that remain are leaner, cleaner, fitter, safer and much more sustainable than ever before.


Jon Clark, CEO PrimeAsia

Does sustainability pay for tanneries?
Guest Opinion - Jon Clark/Sarah Swenson PrimeAsia
Published:  14 May, 2015

Article first published in ILM January-February 2015 edition. Jon Clark, CEO and Sarah Swenson, Environmental Director of tanners, PrimeAsia ask if sustainability pays for tanners. 


John Graebin

Making leather has never been so complicated
John Graebin, Director of Materials, Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Published:  22 January, 2015

It seems like a lifetime ago when I was driving that little tannery truck and dropping bags of salt at mud and straw houses as I collected a few hides in the neighbourhood that week. It was a very poor village in the northern part of Brazil, where families subsisted on a few banana trees and a couple of goats and cows grazing in their backyard. 


Andreas Kindermann

Leather’s positive image in the auto Industry
Andreas Kindermann, CEO, Wollsdorf Leder
Published:  29 October, 2014

Leather is increasingly becoming a distinguishing feature in the automobile industry. Thanks to leather’s surface feel and distinctive smell, customers experience it as something positive and luxurious. This is why they happily opt for it as an extra in their cars.


Mike Larson

“The talking stick”
Guest Opinion - Mike Larson, Tyson
Published:  24 September, 2014

The talking stick is indigenous to our area here in South Dakota and the definition is as follows:


Salvatore Mercogliano

Lineapelle returning to its roots
Salvatore Mercogliano, General Secretary, UNIC, Italian Tanners’ Association and Lineapelle Director
Published:  12 June, 2014

And so Lineapelle has returned to Milan, where it first was in 1981.Italian tanners, driven by their growth, left their stands in the footwear and leather goods fairs and established their own trade show, which immediately propelled them into international markets.


Thomas Strebost

The cheapest leather is often the most expensive
Thomas Strebost, Managing Director, Heller-Leder
Published:  19 April, 2014

A while ago a board member from another leather-related industry association asked me as a current board member of the German Tanners’ Association (VDL  – Verband der Deutschen Lederindustrie) if we, as a well-equipped, safe and sustainable tanning industry, would share our know-how with their leather suppliers in poorer regions of the world which produce cheaper leather.


Juan Colomer LLauger

Getting the balance right
Guest Opinion - Juan Colomer LLauger
Published:  16 February, 2014

Back in late October (2013) I read the very interesting Redwood blog on ILM’s website, “Don’t make a commodity and complain about price”, published on October 29. After reading the article I contacted Mike Redwood with some of my own comments relating to his excellent observations, which has led to my writing this article.


Thomas Schneider

Profit from resource conservation
Guest Opinion - Thomas Schneider
Published:  17 October, 2013

Let’s face it. Our industry has not exactly shone through its economical use of resources. Heavy-oil tanks using out-dated burner technologies, waste heat expelled unused into the atmosphere - in some tanneries, it still looks like the 19th century. It is the same story for the wastewater treatment. 


Panos Mytaros, President, ECCO Leather

Getting away from commodity thinking
Panos Mytaros, ECCO Leather
Published:  20 August, 2013

Many articles are written about the leather Industry relating to the current state of the industry and the market conditions etc etc. I have spent the past 25 years in the tanning industry and have seen a lot and have managed too achieve quite a bit also. In my opinion, to be honest, the industry has not really changed that much. The disconnected relationship between sales demand for leather and supply is a fact: a fact that drives profit margins and the total business forward.


Nuno Carvalho

Defending ourselves against the new threat
Nuno Carvalho - Guest writer ILM Sept/Oct issue
Published:  12 October, 2016

It’s always important for the leather and leather product industries to remind the world that leather is one of the oldest products in existence. Over the centuries, it has undergone many changes and challenges. Today, leather is known by its uniqueness, associated to luxury and with high living standards.


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