New ownership for U.S. leather coating specialist

United States
Published:  25 April, 2018

The transaction for the Pewaukee-based, U.S. state of Wisconsin, chemical coatings manufacturer closed on March 30.

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Fifth Queen’s Award for export for Bridge of Weir

United Kingdom
Published:  24 April, 2018

A month after being named Scottish Exporter of the Year, the UK’s largest automotive leather supplier has, once again, won the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

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Luxury brands less open according to latest Fashion Transparency Index

Worldwide
Published:  24 April, 2018

International sportswear brands Adidas and Reebok continue to lead the ranking in the Fashion Transparency Index created by Fashion Revolution, an organisation that aims to radically change how clothes are sourced, produced and consumed.

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Bottega Veneta CEO sees a leather-free future

Worldwide
Published:  24 April, 2018

Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, CEO, Bottega Veneta, says the luxury fashion brand is looking into leather alternatives.

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Thomas Ware tannery wins Queens’ Award for exports

United Kingdom
Published:  23 April, 2018

Thomas Ware & Sons, a tannery based in Bristol, South West England, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category.

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Kenya’s Government starts round of tannery visits

Kenya
Published:  23 April, 2018

Following the directive by Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, to increase the domestic production of footwear by boosting the leather industry, Government officials have started to visit the country’s tanneries.

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U.S. Senate to review Marfrig’s acquisition of National Beef

United States
Published:  20 April, 2018

Members of the U.S. Senate Agricultural Committee have asked to review the US$969 million acquisition of National Beef, the U.S. fourth-largest beef processor, by Brazil’s Marfrig Foods.

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Gucci opens experimental lab for leather goods and footwear

Italy
Published:  20 April, 2018

Located in Scandicci, close to Florence, the laboratory brings together leather goods and footwear under a single structure so as to accelerate the process of innovation and experimentation.

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Álex Cabestany and Ricardo Micó

Cromogenia Units appoints new CEO

Spain
Published:  20 April, 2018

The Barcelona headquartered specialty chemical supplier has announced executive changes, including a new Chief Executive Officer.

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ECCO achieves best annual results

Worldwide
Published:  19 April, 2018

Denmark headquartered leather tanning and footwear manufacturing group ECCO says it has achieved its best financial result to date despite a “challenging retail environment”.

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China absorbs nearly half of Brazilian beef exports

Brazil
Published:  19 April, 2018

Brazil’s beef exports, both fresh and processed, increased +20% in volume in March 2018, year-on-year.

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Minerva Foods closes processing plant in Colombia

Colombia
Published:  19 April, 2018

The Brazil headquartered meat processor has indefinitely closed a factory in Córdoba, northern Colombia, due to losses caused by an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease that affected the country at the end of last year.

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57th edition of Salon del Mobile underway

Italy
Published:  19 April, 2018

Taking place April 17-22 in Milan, Italy, the six-day event is hosting 1,841 exhibitors over an exhibition area covering more than 200,000 sq m.

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Indonesia’s footwear industry to grow +3.5% in 2018

Indonesia
Published:  18 April, 2018

The Indonesian footwear sector expects production to be slightly higher than in 2017, helped by the setting up of new manufacturing plants.

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China to scrap foreign ownership limit in auto sector

China
Published:  18 April, 2018

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced on April 17 that the country will remove limits on foreign ownership of automotive manufacturers by 2022.

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ECHA to focus on assessing 750 SVHC substances

Europe
Published:  17 April, 2018

After publishing its annual report, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) says it will now focus on all remaining substances that have been registered above 100 tonnes per year, as started by the substances of very high concern roadmap (SVHC).

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Rinspeed Snap concept car

Stahl displays Snap concept car at Milan Design Week

Italy
Published:  17 April, 2018

During the Milan Design Week April 17-22, 2018, the world’s premier design event, Stahl is showcasing how new mobility meets interior design. As a car interior expert, Stahl has joined forces with Swiss mobility visionary Rinspeed and various interior partners to create the 2018 Rinspeed Snap concept car.

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Major Portuguese leather footwear manufacturer goes bankrupt

Portugal
Published:  17 April, 2018

Creditors of one of Portugal’s most modern leather shoe factories are reported to have given orders for the liquidation of assets on April 10.

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Timberland commits to reducing PFCs in footwear

Worldwide
Published:  16 April, 2018

Global fashion brand, Timberland, says its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report shows a steady progress toward its 2020 goals, which include the search of non-PFC chemical innovations for its footwear product range.

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Calls for reinforcement on U.S. lab-grown meat labelling

United States
Published:  16 April, 2018

Representatives from the U.S. beef production sector have asked concerned authorities to regulate emerging lab-grown meat products in order to avoid misleading labels and to provide adequate protection for beef producers and consumers.

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Volkswagen introduces three brand groups

Worldwide
Published:  16 April, 2018

Seeking to establish an even more efficient Group management, the Germany headquartered automotive manufacturer has announced a number of changes on the Board of Management, as well as a new organisation into six business areas.

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Versalis Auto from Lectra

Industry 4.0 focus at Stuttgart auto leather conference

Germany
Published:  16 April, 2018

The topic of operational excellence in the age of Industry 4.0 will be presented by French leather cutting and software specialists, Lectra, during the upcoming “ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference”, taking place in the German city of Stuttgart on Monday, June 4, 2018. 

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Former Ugg boots CEO to head Lacoste’s footwear division

Worldwide
Published:  13 April, 2018

French label Lacoste has appointed Gianni Georgiades, former CEO of Ugg for the EMEA region, as its new Executive Director of its footwear division.

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Lanxess engages in the BLC Chem-MAP programme

Worldwide
Published:  13 April, 2018

Global chemical supplier Lanxess, has recently engaged with the BLC Chem-MAP programme with the goal of achieving ZDHC Conformance Level 3 through the c-MAP route.

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China’s large-scale cattle farms continue to grow

China
Published:  13 April, 2018

China’s cow herd is projected to increase slightly in 2018, encouraged by higher domestic demand for beef.

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Tanners hoping to reduce environmental load around Sialkot

Pakistan
Published:  13 April, 2018

The challenges in dealing with environmental compliance standards were discussed by representatives of the Sialkot Tannery Zone project during a meeting with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) on April 11.

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Smit & zoon adjusts leather chemical prices

Worldwide
Published:  12 April, 2018

The Netherlands based chemical manufacturer has announced a global price increase for its wet-end and finishing leather chemicals.

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Upholstery tanner to take a stake in Italian and UK tanneries

Europe
Published:  12 April, 2018

The UK headquartered tanning group would become the majority stakeholder of the tannery located in the Italian province of Vicenza, as well as a stakeholder in a UK tannery.

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USHSLA refutes Peta’s request to change definition of ‘leather’

United States
Published:  11 April, 2018

The U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) has urged the publishers of the Merriam Webster Dictionary to reject Peta’s request to revise the word ‘leather’ in the publication.

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Heitor Klein, Abicalçados

Exchange rate fluctuation affecting Brazil’s footwear exports

Brazil
Published:  11 April, 2018

Brazilian footwear exports declined both in volume and value in the first three months of 2018, with Argentina surpassing the U.S. as the main destination.

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Apple’s leather supplier commits to clean energy

Worldwide
Published:  11 April, 2018

U.S. multinational technology company, Apple, has announced that its global facilities are now powered with 100% clean energy and that 23 of its suppliers are now also committed to operating on the same basis, including a new Netherlands based leather supplier.

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French leather exports up +7% in 2017

France
Published:  11 April, 2018

France’s leather industry is reported to have performed better in 2017 than most other French exporting sectors, with sales continuing to grow since 2009.

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Brazil’s Marfrig to acquire controlling stake in National Beef

United States
Published:  10 April, 2018

With the purchase agreement, Marfrig is set to become the world’s second biggest meat producer.

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Leather chemical suppliers join ZDHC programme

Worldwide
Published:  10 April, 2018

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme has welcomed four new companies in the Chemical Industry Category, including two leather chemical suppliers, FGL International and Lanxess.

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Natuzzi’s sales decline in last quarter of 2017

Worldwide
Published:  09 April, 2018

The premium Italian leather furniture manufacturer’s total net sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 stood at €120.1 million, down -3.6% year-on-year.

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Bally continues to restructure

Europe
Published:  09 April, 2018

The renowned Swiss high-end leather footwear manufacturer is said to continue to reorganise its structure with the recent opening of an impressive showroom in Milan.

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John Galliano drops fur from Margiela’s collections

Worldwide
Published:  09 April, 2018

Creative Director of Maison Margiela since 2014, John Galliano is the latest luxury designer to halt the use of fur in fashion collections.

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Hardy UK owner acquires Zanogen

United Kingdom
Published:  06 April, 2018

Arkote Ltd, owner of leather cutting blade maker, Hardy Knives has announced that they have reached a definitive agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Zanogen (UK) Limited, Bakewell.

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Volkswagen ends collaboration with major leather seat supplier

Europe
Published:  05 April, 2018

After the disruption at Volkswagen’s manufacturing plants in Germany back in 2016 due to a sudden halt in leather car seat cover deliveries, the automotive manufacturing group has reportedly terminated the agreement.

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Tannery relocation impacts Bangladesh’s leather exports

Bangladesh
Published:  05 April, 2018

Overall, Bangladesh’s total export earnings are reported to have dropped -1.38% year-on-year, with the relocation of tanneries from Hazaribagh to the Savar Tannery Zone impacting the leather sector’s performance.

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OEKO-TEX upgrades Leather Standard regulations

Germany
Published:  05 April, 2018

The independent testing and certification system for leather and textiles, OEKO-TEX, has announced new regulations for 2018 aimed at further supporting consumer protection and sustainability.

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Adient to invest US$10.8 million in U.S. plant

United States
Published:  05 April, 2018

The U.S. headquartered automotive seating and interior parts supplier plans to upgrade the manufacturing plant by installing assembly equipment and expanding production lines.

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Federal grant to help save jobs at U.S. tannery

United States
Published:  05 April, 2018

The grant, aimed at improving the town’s water infrastructure, is expected to help maintain over 150 jobs at a local tannery.

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Volkswagen expands SUV production in Brazil

Brazil
Published:  04 April, 2018

The German automotive manufacturer has confirmed an investment to modernise and extend its production plant located in São José dos Pinhais, Brazilian state of Parana.

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Malawi plans to open new tannery

Malawi
Published:  04 April, 2018

Highly dependant on imports of leather, the country is to benefit from the opening of a new tannery as well as a leather centre.

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New U.S. car sales beat expectations in March

United States
Published:  04 April, 2018

Overall, the OEMs collectively reported higher new car sales in the U.S. for the month of March, helped by stronger consumer confidence, higher discounts an extra weekend of sales.

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Roam Collection by Oroton

US$19 million proposal to save Australia’s Oroton

Australia
Published:  04 April, 2018

Creditors of Australia’s leather goods and fashion retailer, Oroton Group, have approved a deed of company arrangement (DOCA) proposed by a private fund management.

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Premium leather watch straps producer to manufacture in Portugal

Portugal
Published:  04 April, 2018

The new production site located in the Portuguese town of Santa Maria da Feira is to be operational as from the third week of April 2018.

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Manual sludge cleaning has caused 19 deaths in Vellore

India
Published:  03 April, 2018

A total of 19 workers are claimed to have lost their lives in the past seven years due to manual sludge cleaning at tanneries located in India’s district of Vellore, in Tamil Nadu.

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CSCB awards first Gold certification

Brazil
Published:  03 April, 2018

The Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB) programme has awarded its first Gold-level recognition to a Brazilian tannery.

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