70 leather factories have closed in Argentina according to CIMA

Argentina
Published:  20 July, 2018

According to the President of the Argentina Chamber of Leather and Allied Manufacturers (CIMA), Ariel Aguilar a fall in domestic consumption, the increase of imports and the rise in business and interest rates have made many companies unviable and have caused the loss of more than 3,000 jobs and the closure of 70 leather factories in 2018.

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Problems arise in EU with new Turkish customs QR codes

EU/Turkey
Published:  20 July, 2018

The European Commission has been informed by Turkey about their new system developed for proof of origin or movement certificates to be issued and endorsed by the Turkish Customs Offices electronically.

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Volvo Cars reports record operating profits for Q2

Sweden
Published:  20 July, 2018

Volvo Cars reported on July 19 its highest ever quarterly operating profit of SEK4.2 billion (US$471 million) for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 28.6% compared with the same period last year, driven by a strong increase in global retail sales.

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Swatch Group seizes opportunities in revived demand for vintage leather models

Worldwide
Published:  19 July, 2018

The Switzerland based watch manufacturer has posted the best half-year sales in the Group’s history, with growth in all regions.

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NZ rendering service provider extends operations

New Zealand
Published:  18 July, 2018

The Group, which recycles waste of co-products from the agricultural sector and also owns a wet-blue tannery, has extended its services in New Zealand’s southmost region to include a new processing site.

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Record sales for Groupe Renault in first half

Worldwide
Published:  18 July, 2018

The French automotive Group remains the second best-selling brand in Europe and with sales up +9.8% in the first half of the year to 2.1 million vehicles worldwide.

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Tanzanian tanners express frustration with export duties

Tanzania
Published:  18 July, 2018

As with many medium and lower quality hide producers, Tanzania’s leather industry finds itself in increasingly difficult position as production and exports contract.

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VW Group best ever half-year deliveries

Worldwide
Published:  18 July, 2018

The automotive manufacturing Group says it has recorded the best ever first half year in its history, delivering 5.5 million vehicles worldwide.

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Indian leather companies seek partnerships in Vietnam

India
Published:  17 July, 2018

A business meeting attended by a delegation comprised of 30 representatives from Indian companies operating in the leather sector and their counterparts in Vietnam took place in Ho Chi Minh City on June 12.

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Lineapelle London praised for its informal nature

United Kingdom
Published:  17 July, 2018

The 20th edition of Lineapelle London held on July 10 in London was praised for the informal nature of the event, which fostered a dynamic B2B contact-making between buyers and exhibitors.

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Temple Grandin animal welfare spotlight in Brazil

Brazil
Published:  16 July, 2018

To be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 18-19, the “Temple Grandin Animal Welfare” workshop’ programme includes a farm visit aimed at updating livestock farmers on correct cattle handling procedures.

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Animal nutrition and protein lead Cargill’s strong results

Worldwide
Published:  16 July, 2018

Cargill’s Animal Nutrition & Protein segment is reported to have surpassed last year’s strong results, making it the largest contributor to the Company’s adjusted operating earnings in the fourth quarter and the full year. 

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High future demand forecast for Leather Technologists

Europe
Published:  16 July, 2018

Co-financed by the European Commission and the European Footwear Confederation (CEC), the results of a company survey conducted under the Erasmus+ Project “Digital TCLF 2025” have revealed the nine emerging digital occupations in the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) sectors.

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New all-time record for Groupe PSA in first-half

Worldwide
Published:  13 July, 2018

The France headquartered automotive Group recorded a +38.1% growth in the first half of 2018, driven by the sustained success of its SUV offensive.

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Drive Sustainability releases Material Change report

Worldwide
Published:  13 July, 2018

Drive Sustainability, a partnership of ten major automotive brands, manufacturers of commercial and passenger vehicles, has released the “Material Change” report, which presents a general industry level assessment of many materials used in the automotive and electronics industries, including leather, with the aim of “challenging the reader to broaden their view of multifaceted and interconnected manufacturing supply chains”.

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35th consecutive quarter of sales growth for BMW Group

Worldwide
Published:  13 July, 2018

The Germany headquartered automotive Group has posted its best-ever June and year-to-date figures, with first-half-year sales growth in all major sales regions and over 13,800 electrified vehicles delivered in June, representing its best-ever monthly sales.

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Hides, skins and leather could be caught up in U.S. – China trade war

United States/China
Published:  13 July, 2018

As the trade war between the U.S. and China heats up, the number of the goods subjected to import tariffs from both countries keeps increasing.

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Rapid expansion for BMW Group in China

Worldwide
Published:  13 July, 2018

The German automotive Group has signed a long-term framework agreement to further expand an existing joint venture in China to increase the capacity of its two local production facilities in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, and has set up a new joint venture to boost production of electric vehicles.

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Chinese tannery workers protest in Wuji

China
Published:  12 July, 2018

Local sources say that the leather industry in China around the Wuji tanning cluster is becoming unprofitable and at least two local traders have left the business to seek their fortunes elsewhere.

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Lacklustre first-half performance for Brazilian leather exports

Brazil
Published:  12 July, 2018

Apart from crust, Brazil’s leather exports registered a decline in the first six months of the year, with finished leather down by double-digits in both value and volume.

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Plans to bring upscale shoemaking back to Northampton

United Kingdom
Published:  12 July, 2018

Local politicians in Northampton, UK, are reported to be backing a scheme to bring high-end shoe crafting back to the town centre.

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Chinese luxury e-commerce platform to receive major investment

China
Published:  10 July, 2018

Secoo Holding, Asia's largest online luxury platform has announced a US$175 million investment in the form of a three-year convertible note from private equity L Catterton Asia and JD.com, one of China’s largest online retailers.

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Brazilian footwear exports decline in first half

Brazil
Published:  10 July, 2018

Currency fluctuations and political factors are among the causes of a slowdown in footwear exports since April.

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Cotance asks EU Commission to protect leather authenticity

Europe
Published:  10 July, 2018

Andreas Kindermann, the recently elected President of the European Confederation of the Leather Industry (Cotance) was received by an EU official in Brussels to address the state of the proposed leather authenticity dossier.

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Best half-year sales for Mercedes-Benz

Worldwide
Published:  10 July, 2018

The German premium automotive manufacturer has posted the best half-year in the Company’s history, with over 1.18 million cars sold worldwide (+3.9%) in the period.

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ECCO appoints new EMEA General Manager

Denmark
Published:  09 July, 2018

The Denmark headquartered footwear and leather Group has appointed a new General Manager for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

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Closures and mergers could see number of Chinese tanneries more than halve

China
Published:  09 July, 2018

Su Chaoying, Honorary Chairman, China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), offered some key facts and figures on the current trends in the Chinese leather industry in the lead-up to the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

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Ceremony kicks off auto seat JV between Faurecia and BYD

China
Published:  09 July, 2018

The leading Chinese electric vehicle OEM launched the automotive seating joint venture (JV) with Faurecia in Shenzhen on July 5.

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Consumer confidence boosts U.S. new car sales in June

United States
Published:  09 July, 2018

New car sales in the U.S. increased +2.1% in June, compared with the same month in 2017, surpassing analysts forecasts.

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Dysfunctional Savar Tannery zone helps leather exports to slump

Bangladesh
Published:  06 July, 2018

The failure of the newly built Savar Tannery Zone near Dhaka in enabling tanneries to operate at full capacity and treat their waste, alongside the rise in popularity of an alternative synthetic material, have been blamed for the drop in leather product exports.

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Official inspection shuts illegal tanneries in Tamil Nadu

India
Published:  06 July, 2018

Tannery units operating without a licence in the outskirts of Chennai, Indian state of Tamil Nadu, were shut down on July 4.

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Record first-half sales for Volvo

Worldwide
Published:  06 July, 2018

The premium automotive manufacturer has posted record sales for the first half of 2018, with 317,639 cars delivered worldwide (14.4%).

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Spanish cattle slaughter rose in April

Spain
Published:  05 July, 2018

Total beef production in Spain increased an estimated +12.67% in April compared with the same month in 2017.

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ISA TanTec to build second tannery in Vietnam

Vietnam
Published:  05 July, 2018

The construction of the Group’s fifth production unit responds to a growth in demand for its leathers.

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Pakistan’s exports of finished leather products rise

Pakistan
Published:  04 July, 2018

Pakistan’s exports of leather goods, garments, footwear and gloves are reported to have risen between July 2017 and May 2018.

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New Board members elected at French ‘Leather Pole’

France
Published:  04 July, 2018

Established three years ago in Millau, southern French region of Occitanie, the ‘Pôle cuir’, which is comprised of 19 leather businesses, has elected a new Board.

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Richemont to concentrate leather production in Florence

Italy
Published:  04 July, 2018

The Switzerland headquartered luxury holding is to centre a large part of its industrial development and production of handbags and accessories such as leather wallets and belts in the Tuscan capital.

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Zimbabwe ready for second leather industry strategy

Zimbabwe
Published:  03 July, 2018

Seen as slow in improving its leather production, Zimbabwe is now reported to be working on the renewal of its strategy for the leather industry.

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INESCOP hosts second “Skills4Smart TCLF 2030” meeting

Spain
Published:  03 July, 2018

The two-day meeting held in Elda, Spain, on June 19-20, focussed on the ongoing activities of the four-year project aimed at upskilling and reskilling the two million TCLF (Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear) workforce in the European Union.

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Natuzzi announces new factory and saves 2,000 jobs

Italy
Published:  02 July, 2018

After much discussion with worker unions, the social agreement signed by the premium Italian upholstery manufacturer on June 28 at Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development also includes the construction of a new plant in southern Italy.

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Brazil’s BRF to close three international units

Worldwide
Published:  02 July, 2018

Still in crisis after several months, the Brazilian meat and food processor is to close three factories worldwide as part of a restructuring programme.

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Veneto tanning group acquires Tuscan tannery

Italy
Published:  02 July, 2018

One of the biggest tanning Groups based in the Italian region of Veneto has acquired a Tuscan tannery specialised in calfskin processing.

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‘Talent Shoe 2018’ announces eight finalists

Europe
Published:  02 July, 2018

The eight finalist teams of the European footwear design competition “Shake the future of the footwear sector”, demonstrated their creative and visionary take on the footwear industry at the award ceremony hosted by the Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association (Assocalzaturifici) in Milan on June 25.

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Jaguar Land Rover deliveries rise in May

Worldwide
Published:  29 June, 2018

Retail sales for the premium automotive manufacturer totalled 48,281 vehicles in May 2018, up +6.1% year-on-year, primarily driven by the introduction of new models such as the Range Rover Velar, the Jaguar E-PACE and the new Land Rover Discovery.

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Retaliatory measures by U.S. trade partners could hurt the hide industry

United States
Published:  29 June, 2018

On June 18, the U.S. Hides Skins Leather Association (USHSLA) signed a multi-association letter addressed to leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees, in which they urge for increased Congressional oversight in trade policy and expressed concern about the current direction of the U.S.'s trade policy agenda.

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Record U.S. beef production in May

United States
Published:  29 June, 2018

Both U.S. beef production and cattle slaughter were up in May 2018 compared with the same month the previous year.

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Counterfeit goods cost €25 million to Italian companies

Italy
Published:  29 June, 2018

A recently published report estimates that the total value of fake goods sold worldwide is the equivalent of 4.9% of total Italian manufacturing sales.

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Italy’s footwear sector slows in the first quarter

I
Published:  28 June, 2018

Assocalzaturifici, the Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association, said industry results in the first quarter “fell short of expectations”.

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Several new additions to ECHA’s list affect leather

Europe
Published:  28 June, 2018

The European Chemical Agency has confirmed the inclusion of several chemicals as substances of very high concern (SVHCs), some of which concern the leather sector.

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Scientific Committee announced for XXXV IULTCS

Germany
Published:  28 June, 2018

Dr Michael Meyer from Freiberg based FILK Institute will head the Scientific Committee of the XXXV IULTCS Congress taking place in Dresden, Germany, on June 25-28, 2019.

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