Tod’s launches “Shoeker” as new fashion word

Worldwide
Published:  20 November, 2018

As athleisure fashion becomes widely accepted as a change in society’s lifestyle rather than a trend, the Italian luxury label has taken its No_Code collection to another level and created “Shoeker”, a nylon/leather “hybrid”.

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Traceability allows brands to be less exposed and vulnerable

United Kingdom
Published:  20 November, 2018

A leading UK retail brand has said that a more transparent leather supply chain makes companies feel less vulnerable and exposed to risk and negative publicity. The comments were made during the discussion panel at the Leather & Sustainability in Retail conference held in central London on November 15.

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Lower quarterly net profit for Super Tannery

India
Published:  19 November, 2018

Net profit for the buffalo leather specialist declined -18.37% in the quarter ending September 30, 2018.

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Leather in the spotlight during London retail conference

United Kingdom
Published:  19 November, 2018

Over 90 people covering the leather supply chain, especially brands and retailers, attended the Leather & Sustainability in Retail conference at the Institute of Civil Engineers building in Westminster, London on November 15. A diverse range of topics were discussed around leather and other materials during the half-day event.

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Athleisure trend to continue to drive footwear purchasing

Worldwide
Published:  19 November, 2018

Consumer demand for the sports-inspired fashion is forecast to grow alongside the health and wellbeing industry, fuelled by social media, sports personalities and celebrity influence.

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Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018

Leather not seen as a ‘legacy’ material by Generation-Z

United Kingdom
Published:  16 November, 2018

Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability at global chemical supplier Stahl, presented some of the key findings around what sustainability in the leather and footwear sector means to the Generation-Z during the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 which took place on November 15 in central London.

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Simac Tanning Tech exhibition space fully booked

Italy
Published:  16 November, 2018

Held concurrently with Lineapelle in Milan, Assomac, organisers of the trade show specialised at machinery and technology for the footwear, leather goods and tanning industries, say exhibiting space is sold out for the 2019 edition.

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Ugandan tanneries halting operations

Uganda
Published:  16 November, 2018

Nearly ten years after Uganda’s government announced its first National Industrial Policy, the country’s leather sector has encountered haphazard organisation.

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Courtesy Salone del Mobile Milano. Alessandro Russoti.

Leather accounts for a third of global furniture upholstery

Worldwide
Published:  15 November, 2018

An increasing interest in aniline and natural finishes has been observed among European and North American leather furniture manufacturers.

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Auto leather specialist Bader to open new factory

Bulgaria
Published:  15 November, 2018

The automotive leather producer headquartered in Göppingen, Gemany, is to open a new factory in Bulgaria.

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EU new car registrations continued to decline in October

Europe
Published:  15 November, 2018

Registrations of new passenger cars continued to decline across the European Union in the month of October (-7.3%), mainly attributed to the introduction of the new WLTP emissions test on September 1.

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José Fernando Bello, President CICB, and representatives from Arezzo and Bibi footwear

Footwear manufacturers sign agreement with CSCB programme

Brazil
Published:  15 November, 2018

Held on November 8, the Forum organised by the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB) focussed on the theme; "What's the Return on Sustainable Investments?".

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Kenyan leather sector calls for zero tariffs

Kenya
Published:  14 November, 2018

Representatives from the Kenyan leather industry claim that lowering the costs of domestic production would enable the industry to become more competitive and halt cheap imports.

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Demand for Brazilian wet-blue continues to slip

Brazil
Published:  14 November, 2018

Brazilian exports of hides and skins dropped -19.1% in value in the month of October against the same month in 2017.

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9th French Leather Meeting calls for Government support

France
Published:  14 November, 2018

The 9th Leather Meeting organised by the Conseil National du Cuir (CNC) took place November 9 at the headquarters of leather chemical suppliers, ATC in Montaney near Lyon.

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Clayton & Sons bought by former director

United Kingdom
Published:  13 November, 2018

Until recently part of the UK based Clayton Leather Group, the company assets are reported to have been bought by a former executive, with the tannery now reorganised and operating under a new name. 

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JBS’s owner re-arrested under alleged corruption scheme

Brazil
Published:  13 November, 2018

Released from prison about six months ago, Joesley Batista, owner of meat packing giant JBS, was arrested once again by the Brazilian Federal Police on November 9 for a supposed corruption scheme within the Ministry of Agriculture during the government of Brazil’s former President, Dilma Rousseff.

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New Zealand sheep outlook for 2018-19

New Zealand
Published:  13 November, 2018

Recent forecasts for the current and next farming year (ending September 2019), see a decline of most industry indicators for the sheep segment.

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Magna inaugurates new seating plant

Magna posts lower margins in Seating Systems segment

Canada
Published:  12 November, 2018

The Ontario headquartered Tier-1 automotive supplier has set third quarter records for sales and diluted earnings per share, and returned US$629 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.

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Marco Frediani

UNPAC elects new Board members

Italy
Published:  12 November, 2018

The Italian Association of Tannery Chemical Suppliers (UNPAC), which brings together Italian chemical manufacturers, has appointed a new Board of Directors during the Ordinary Assembly held on October 31 at the Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari in Imola.

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Sustained sales growth for Hermès in Q3

Worldwide
Published:  09 November, 2018

The luxury fashion Group's consolidated revenue in the third quarter ending September 30, 2018, amounted to €4,316 million, up +11% at constant exchange rates and +7% at current exchange rates.

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Exports drive Minerva’s results in Q3

Brazil
Published:  09 November, 2018

Beef exports accounted for 61% of the Brazilian meatpacker’s consolidated gross revenue in the third quarter of 2018.

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Leather Naturally announces full legal status

Worldwide
Published:  08 November, 2018

The former Steering Committee of Leather Naturally has announced the initiative has been incorporated as an Association (‘Vereniging’ in Dutch) as from October 18, 2018, according to Dutch law.

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BMW’s quarterly results affected by change in raw material prices

Worldwide
Published:  08 November, 2018

Between July and September, the BMW Group delivered a total of 592,3031 cars (+0.3%) but the automaker says earnings were adversely impacted by currency effects and changes in automotive raw materials prices.

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Savar Tannery Zone officially inaugurated by videolink

Bangladesh
Published:  07 November, 2018

Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s Prime minister, officially inaugurated the Savar Tannery Zone on October 6.

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Trade war costing U.S. businesses 50% more in taxes

United States
Published:  07 November, 2018

Companies in the U.S. are reported to have paid US$4.4 billion in tariffs in September, representing a +50% increase over the same month in 2017.

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USHSLA comments on proposed EU regulation on animal goods imports

United States/Europe
Published:  07 November, 2018

The U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) has submitted comments to the European Commission commending its efforts to standardise and simplify the model certificates for the importation of animal products, including hides and skins, into the EU.

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China moves from export-oriented to an import nation

China
Published:  06 November, 2018

The first edition of the China International Import Expo (CIIE) taking place in Shanghai is seen as a milestone in China’s history as the country shifts from an export-oriented economy to an import nation.

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Huub van Beijeren, CEO, Stahl

Stahl and UNIC organise third edition of ReVeal

Italy
Published:  06 November, 2018

On October 18, specialty chemical manufacturer Stahl and the Italian Tanners Association (UNIC) co-organised the third ReVeal event in Naples under the theme The future of the past’.

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Australian leather boot brand to strengthen online presence in China

China
Published:  06 November, 2018

R.M. Williams has entered the Chinese online platform, Secoo. The Australian high-end leather boot maker is to initially sell three collections through the omni-channel shopping platform.

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Canada Goose expands into footwear

Canada
Published:  06 November, 2018

Canada Goose Holdings has acquired Baffin, a Canadian designer and manufacturer of performance outdoor and industrial footwear.

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Bangladesh footwear manufacturers importing leather

Bangladesh
Published:  05 November, 2018

As tanneries in Savar still fail to operate adequately, Bangladesh’s exports of leather and leather products dropped -17.46% in the first quarter (July-September) of the current fiscal 2018–19, with reports of footwear manufacturers sourcing leather abroad to assure the quality of production and environmental safeguards.

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New Kenya tannery starts operations

Kenya
Published:  05 November, 2018

The new tannery, part of the Kenyan government’s strategy to boost the country’s manufacturing potential under the ‘Big Four’ agenda, could help improve animal husbandry techniques in the region.

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Professor Kheng Lim Goh

IULTCS announces 2019 Heidemann lecture presenter

Germany
Published:  02 November, 2018

XXXV IULTCS International Congress 2019: Scientific Committee announces presenter of the next Heidemann lecture as Professor Kheng Lim Goh of Newcastle University in Singapore (NUIS).

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Industry consortium acquires J & E Sedgwick from administration

United Kingdom
Published:  01 November, 2018

A consortium of three businesses connected with the leather supply chain have acquired UK heavy leather makers, J & E Sedgwick from the administrator. The new owners took control of the business at the end of October. 

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Scrapped wet-blue tax affecting Brazilian tanneries

Brazil
Published:  31 October, 2018

Some Brazilian hide traders claim they are struggling to conclude business, with reports of tannery lay-offs.

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Volkswagen Group confident about achieving annual targets

Worldwide
Published:  31 October, 2018

The Volkswagen Group has reported deliveries in the first nine months of 2018 up +4.2%, year-on-year, and says it is “well on track” to achieve its full year sales revenue and profit target.

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Mats Tannery awarded CSCB Gold level

Brazil
Published:  31 October, 2018

Mats Beneficiamento de Couros was recognised at the CSCB Gold Level, according to its best practices in the three criteria of economic, society and the environment.

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Heritage French footwear manufacturer to shut down

Brazil
Published:  31 October, 2018

In receivership since July, the footwear producer has failed to find a potential buyer and stopped production on October 25.

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Conbipel enters next phase of development

Italy
Published:  30 October, 2018

The Italian fashion retail chain, whose collections includes leather goods and accessories, plans to open 90 new stores over the next five years.

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Holistic design approach for Timberland’s new Creative Director

Worldwide
Published:  30 October, 2018

Timberland’s new Global Creative Director, the British designer Christopher Raeburn, brings his “remade, reduced, recycled' stamp to the U.S. brand’s eco-friendly engagement.

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Jaguar Land Rover inaugurates new plant in Slovakia

Slovakia
Published:  29 October, 2018

The new manufacturing plant located in Nitra currently employs 1,500 people and is to, initially, produce the Land Rover Discovery.

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Bangladesh’s tannery worker safety under pressure from global investors

Bangladesh
Published:  29 October, 2018

A coalition of nearly 60 global investors have expressed their concern over the labour and human rights, as well as environmental practices at tanneries in Bangladesh.

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Weak demand squeezes profit margin of Guangdong Tannery

Hong Kong
Published:  29 October, 2018

Production volume of cowhides was down -18.1% in the first nine months of the year compared with the same period in 2017, with the Group attributing the decrease in sales volume to the weakness of the leather footwear market.

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Volvo's S60 leather upholstered interior

Strong sales momentum continues for Volvo in Q3

Worldwide
Published:  29 October, 2018

Revenues continued to increase in the third quarter for the premium automotive manufacturer, backed by a strong sales momentum globally.

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Upward trend continues for Vietnam’s footwear exports

Vietnam
Published:  26 October, 2018

In the first nine months of 2018, Vietnam’s footwear exports increased +10.2% to U$11.74 billion, compared with the same period in 2017.

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Market volatility leads Lear to adjust sales forecast

Worldwide
Published:  26 October, 2018

The U.S. headquartered global supplier of automotive seating and electronic systems has reported third quarter revenue down -2%, year-on-year, to US$4.9 billion and says automotive production for 2018 in some major markets are forecast -2% lower than previously expected.

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2018 report on sustainable beef production released

Worldwide
Published:  25 October, 2018

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) released the 2018 Sustainability Report at the recent Global Conference on Sustainable Beef, held October 9-12, in Ireland.

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Strong gains for Rocky Brands in third quarter

United States
Published:  25 October, 2018

The U.S. headquartered developer and manufacturer of outdoor, work, western and military footwear, has reported a +1.9% increase in net sales for the third quarter ending September 30, 2018.

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Lower U.S. wet-blue shipments

United States
Published:  25 October, 2018

U.S. wet-blue exports have declined -19% in volume in the first eight months of 2018.

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