APLF's new identity to distinguish leather from alternative materials

Hong Kong
Published:  21 May, 2019

After announcing a change of the layout of the four APLF fairs in 2020, the organisers have outlined the new brand identities for the trade shows.

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Chinese authorities seize illegal donkey hides from Africa

China
Published:  21 May, 2019

Customs in Guangzhou, China, are reported to have seized 24 tonnes of illegal donkey hides shipped from Africa. China’s biggest producer of eijao, a gelatin made from donkey hides, said it aims to end its reliance on imports within three years by boosting domestic breeding.

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Plans for Pakistan-China donkey hides joint venture raise concerns

Pakistan
Published:  21 May, 2019

Despite a ban in exports, the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, has plans to export 80,000 live donkeys to China, where demand for ‘ejiao’ is rising. The animals are said to support millions of poor Pakistanis with agriculture and transport.

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Montblanc leather bag and watch

Richemont aims to develop leather goods business

Worldwide
Published:  20 May, 2019

Group sales for the Switzerland based luxury conglomerate increased 27% at actual and constant exchange rates to €13.98 billion for the year ended March 31, 2019.

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Zimbabwe tanneries workshop

Zimbabwe
Published:  20 May, 2019

Aimed at bringing together local tanners and stakeholders across the leather supply chain, the Zimbabwe tanneries workshop takes place in Bulawayo on May 20-21.

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Courtesy: Hermès Facebook

Hermès opens new workshop and training hub

France
Published:  20 May, 2019

The French luxury label has inaugurated its 17th leather goods workshop in Fitilieu, French region of Isère. ‘Les Ateliers de Fitilieu’ has a training school for professions in saddlery-leather goods, cutting and leather mechanics.

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Bridge of Weir shines light on young design talent

United Kingdom
Published:  20 May, 2019

The first-ever Car Design News Sketch-off, held in partnership with Bridge of Weir Leather Company, took place at the London Motor & Tech Show at ExCeL last week.

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U.S. consumers could pay an additional US$7 billion for footwear

United States
Published:  20 May, 2019

Representatives from the U.S. footwear sector say the increased tariffs on footwear imports from China could cost U.S. consumers an additional US$7 billion each year.

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3-D leather upholstery in the new Flying Spur.

Bentley’s new Flying Spur to feature 3-D leather upholstery

UK
Published:  17 May, 2019

The British car manufacturer promises to set “new standards of luxury”, with three-dimensional, textured leather upholstery - an automotive world-first - a key feature.

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Tannery owners and workers hold protests in Kanpur

India
Published:  17 May, 2019

Thousands of tannery owners and workers staged a protest in Kanpur, Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, following an official order to disconnect the power supply of 225 tanneries for an indefinite period of time.

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Leather upholstered interior of the Alpine A110 Legende

EU new car registrations decline 0.4% in April

Europe
Published:  17 May, 2019

New passenger car registrations in the European Union declined 0.4% in April, year-on-year, mainly offset by demand from Central European countries.

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TFL upgrades manufacturing facility in Italy

Italy
Published:  17 May, 2019

The specialty chemical supplier has recently upgraded its flammable product manufacturing facilities in Buscate, Italy, with the most recent technology.

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ISA TanTec opens showroom in Italy

Italy
Published:  16 May, 2019

The international tanning Group has inaugurated its first showroom in Europe on May 9.

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Turkish leather association elects a new President

Turkey
Published:  16 May, 2019

The Turkish Leather Industrialists Association has elected a new President and Vice-Presidents during its AGM on May 9 in Istanbul.

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USHSLA analysis of hides and wet-blue affected by new Chinese tariffs

United States / China
Published:  15 May, 2019

Following China’s new tariff announcement on May 13, the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) has provided a list of hides, skins, and tanned materials such as wet-blue affected by the new tariff levels.

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Australian bootmaker fined in the U.S. over ‘UGG’ trademark

United States
Published:  15 May, 2019

A jury for a District Court in the U.S. state of Illinois found that some pairs of sheepskin-lined boots sold by the Australian manufacturer infringed Decker Brands’ ‘UGG’ trademarks.

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Audi S4 Avant TDI

Volkswagen plans to build new production plant in Europe

Worldwide
Published:  15 May, 2019

As Europe remains the backbone of Volkswagen’s business with 4.4 million vehicles delivered in the region in 2018 (+1.2%), the automotive Group has plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Eastern Europe, after Germany's Zwickau unit. Two new electric car production facilities in China are also underway.

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Indian footwear sector seeks more fashion graduates

India
Published:  14 May, 2019

Despite footwear accounting for 43.5% of India’s leather sector exports, the country has a 3% global market share in footwear.

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Balenciaga Phileas bag in calfskin

Kering releases new Animal Welfare Standards

Worldwide
Published:  14 May, 2019

Structured in three tiers (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and focussing primarily on the welfare of animals, the Kering Animal Welfare Standards are applied alongside the French luxury conglomerate’s Standards for Raw Materials and Manufacturing Processes, which mainly concern leather.

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Kanpur CETP and sewage pumping stations inspected

India
Published:  13 May, 2019

The regional pollution control board and other officials are reported to have inspected sewage pumping stations, a CETP and tanneries in Kanpur with the view of submitting a report to the State government.

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Lear’s new US$30 million seat manufacturing plant operational

United States
Published:  13 May, 2019

The U.S. headquartered automotive parts supplier has moved its operations located in Hammond and Portage, U.S. state of Indiana, to its new 240,000 sq ft plant in Hammond.

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Eighth edition of Craft The Leather

Italy
Published:  13 May, 2019

The Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata al Vegetale (Genuine Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather Consortium) has launched the eighth edition of Craft The Leather, a training project focussed on a group of talented young designers from prestigious international fashion and design schools.

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U.S. – China trade war would cost U.S. families US$767 a year

United States
Published:  13 May, 2019

A study conducted by consultancy firm Trade Partnership Worldwide has examined the economic effects of the actual and threatened tariffs on the U.S. economy and U.S. workers one to three years after the hike in tariffs have been in effect. Products listed on escalation of tariffs include leather, leather products and allied manufacturing, motor vehicles and parts.

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EU maintains anti-dumping duty on Chinese chamois

Europe
Published:  10 May, 2019

The European Commission has decided to maintain the anti-dumping duties in force for the imports of Chinese chamois for another five years.

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Brazilian hide and skin exports down 25.4% in April

Brazil
Published:  10 May, 2019

Total hide and skin exports from Brazil declined 25.4% in April, year-on-year, to US$102.2 million.

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Raw hide prices in India drop 60-75%

India
Published:  09 May, 2019

Traders in Buta Mandi, the largest raw hide market in northern India after Kanpur, struggle to see a future for their businesses as demand is at a historic low.

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Louis Vuitton to open new factory in France

France
Published:  09 May, 2019

The French luxury label is to build a new factory in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule, a town located in France’s central region of Allier.

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PrimeAsia China re-accredited LWG Gold

China
Published:  09 May, 2019

PrimeAsia China, which has been undergoing audits by the Leather Working Group (LWG) for nearly 12 years, maintains its Gold rating.

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BMW X3 Sport

BMW Group operating profit down 75.7% in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  08 May, 2019

In the first quarter 2019, the automotive manufacturing Group’s profit before tax (EBT) amounted to €762 million, a steep decline from €3,139 million recorded in the same period of 2018 (-75.7%).

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Sharp drop in Brazilian footwear exports in April

Brazil
Published:  08 May, 2019

Despite the trade war between the U.S. and China continuing to benefit Brazilian footwear exports, shipments from Brazil declined 17.7% in value in the month of April, year-on-year, representing the second consecutive fall since the beginning of 2019.

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Bangladesh tanners meeting to discuss Savar’s CETP

Bangladesh
Published:  07 May, 2019

Several leather sector stakeholders met in Dhaka on May 5 to discuss the findings of the study “The leather sector after the tanning industry relocation: issues and challenges”.

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Pakistan tanners demand revision of import duties

Pakistan
Published:  07 May, 2019

The Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) is reported to have asked Pakistan’s Ministry of Finance to revise the Statutory Regulatory Orders (SROs) on imports of tannery machinery and raw hides and skins, as well as the withdrawal of import tax on basic chemicals.

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Ethiopian tanners speak against value-added export policy

Ethiopia
Published:  07 May, 2019

Leather sector representatives in Ethiopia have claimed the Government’s policy of value addition on exported leather and its ban on exports of pickled and wet-blue have exacerbated the decline of the sector.

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New car sales in Brazil up 8.7% in first quarter

Brazil
Published:  07 May, 2019

Between January and April, new passenger vehicle sales in Brazil grew 8.7% to 685,800 units.

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Bentley Continental GT

Lower sales but higher revenue for Volkswagen Group

Worldwide
Published:  03 May, 2019

Sales revenue of the Volkswagen Group rose 3.1% in the first quarter of 2019, year-on-year, despite worldwide deliveries declining 2.8% to 2.6 million units. Premium brands Audi and Porsche were particularly affected by lower demand.

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Arrests and tannery closures in Kenya due to illegal waste discharge

Kenya
Published:  03 May, 2019

An operation aimed at stopping companies from polluting rivers in Nairobi County has led to the closure of five tanneries and to the arrest of tannery supervisors on May 2.

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France and Sweden to limit use of certain chemicals in leather

Europe
Published:  03 May, 2019

In a joint initiative, France and Sweden are reported to have submitted a proposal to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) to ban or limit over 1,000 skin sensitisers used in the production of textiles, leather and furs.

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U.S. – EU trade war to impact leather bag imports

United States/Europe
Published:  03 May, 2019

As the trade war tensions between the U.S. and the European Union scale up, the proposed lists of products likely to face import tariffs on both sides of the Atlantic include items such as leather handbags.

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Lower U.S. new car sales in April

United States
Published:  02 May, 2019

Sales of new, light vehicles in the U.S. declined 2.3% in April, year-on-year, to about 1.33 million units. 

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Increased revenue for Obuv Rossii in first quarter

Russia
Published:  01 May, 2019

Consolidated unaudited revenue for the Russian footwear retailer increased 12.2% in the first quarter of 2019.

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Vellore leather goods showroom destroyed by fire

India
Published:  01 May, 2019

A fire broke out in a leather goods showroom located in Vellore, Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in the late evening of April 30.

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Blockchain-based full beef traceability on trial

United Kingdom
Published:  30 April, 2019

Currently being tested in the UK, the service aims to provide the consumer with all the details regarding their beef purchase, from farmer to point of retail.

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Kanpur tanneries closure fuels conspiracy theories

India
Published:  30 April, 2019

Home to over 400 tanneries, the tanning clusters of Kanpur remain deserted, nearly two months after the end of the annual Kumb Melah Hindu festival.

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Vietnam’s footwear and leather bag production continues to ramp up

Vietnam
Published:  30 April, 2019

Despite facing strong competition from some countries in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), demand for Vietnam’s footwear manufacturing continues to increase.

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From left: Dr Michael Meyer, FILK, and Matthew Abbott, President, SLTC.

Ground-breaking tanning research presented at 122nd SLTC Annual Conference

United Kingdom
Published:  29 April, 2019

Eight speakers delivered on a range of topics during the 122nd Annual Conference of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (SLTC), which took place in Northampton, UK, on April 27.

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JBS employees undergo animal welfare training

Brazil
Published:  29 April, 2019

The meatpacker says it invested R$88.2 million (US$22.45 million) in 2018 to improve animal welfare practices across the organisation, and at all its facilities.

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Mercedes GLS 2019

Lower sales for Mercedes-Benz in first quarter

Worldwide
Published:  29 April, 2019

Mercedes-Benz Cars sold a total of 555,300 units in the first quarter of 2019, down 7% year-on-year.

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GST Seton AutoLeather inaugurates China finishing facility

China
Published:  29 April, 2019

The global automotive leather supplier officially inaugurated its new state-of-art leather finishing facility in Jiaxing, China, on April 9.

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Decline in auto production affects Lear’s Q1 results

Worldwide
Published:  29 April, 2019

The U.S. headquartered automotive seating, electrical and electronic systems supplier has posted total sales of US$5.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, compared with US$5.7 billion in the same quarter of the previous year.

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Ford’s restructuring to impact jobs in Europe

Europe
Published:  15 May, 2019

As the U.S. carmaker pursues its US$14 billion global cost-saving plan, about 550 jobs could be cut in the UK workforce.

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