Rachel Garwood, Director, ICLT with Nick Petford, David Laing and David Santa Ollala, Leathersellers’ Company at ICLT official opening.

University of Northampton unveils the new ICLT

United Kingdom
Published:  19 September, 2019

The University of Northampton launched its Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) on September 17, located at the new £330 million (US$411 million) Riverside Campus in Northampton, England’s East Midlands region. The entire site has been designed to encourage students to take ownership of their learning and to encourage staff to bring innovation and technology into their teaching. As such, the ICLT has been designed with the latest, innovative learning opportunities in mind.

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Emmanuel Pommier, Hermès

Hermès stresses commitment to leather as “renewable material”

France
Published:  19 September, 2019

“Leather is recycling. It is the beginning of the circular economy”, said Emmanuel Pommier, Managing Director of the Artisanal Leather Goods and Saddlery section at French luxury fashion house Hermes.

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EU Product Environmental Footprint tool ready for use in leather

Europe
Published:  19 September, 2019

With the final release of the official Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) compliant datasets in July 2019, the tool is ready for use in the assessment of leather.

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Californian ban on sale of crocodile skins to go ahead

United States
Published:  19 September, 2019

Technically in place since 1970, the ban is to be put into action as from January 2020.

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New car registrations in the EU dip 8.4% in August

Europe
Published:  18 September, 2019

Between January and August, new passenger car registrations in the EU have declined ‐3.2%.

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Marie-Claire Daveau, Chief Sustainability Officer, Kering

“Luxury sector has lead role to play in sustainability”

France
Published:  18 September, 2019

This was the central message delivered by Marie-Claire Daveau, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at French luxury fashion house Kering, who delivered the keynote speech at the first Sustainable Leather Forum held in Paris on September 16.

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European fashion market contracts

Europe
Published:  18 September, 2019

Clothing, footwear and accessories markets across Europe are reported to have weakened, particularly in Germany and France. Despite the circumstances surrounding the Brexit negotiations, the UK has recorded two consecutive months of rise in sales. As the slow fashion movement gathers growing interest from consumers, this could also impact future sales.

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Townsend Leather sales representatives

Townsend Leather celebrates 50th anniversary

United States
Published:  18 September, 2019

On September 6, the tannery based in Johnstown, U.S. state of New York, invited the local community to celebrate its 50th anniversary and unveiled its new premises.

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Works complete for Northampton’s new International Leather Centre

United Kingdom
Published:  18 September, 2019

The brand new International Leather Centre will house the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies.

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Signs of export growth for Bangladesh’s leather sector

Bangladesh
Published:  18 September, 2019

Exports of leather and leather products recorded a 1.32% growth in the July-August period of the current fiscal year.

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Brazil’s CSCB presented at UN Convention in Rio

Brazil
Published:  17 September, 2019

The Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB) was presented at the Second International Convention on Trade and Voluntary Sustainability Standards organised by the United Nations in Rio de Janeiro on September 16-18.

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Sustainable Leather Forum tackles complexities of CSR

France
Published:  17 September, 2019

More than 300 delegates from across the leather supply chain, as well as representatives of luxury fashion and leather goods brands alongside industry associations and thought leaders came together at the first Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris on September 16, organised by the French National Leather Council (Conseil National du Cuir - CNC).

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Impassioned call for “transformative action”

France
Published:  17 September, 2019

Rafael Andrade, Spokesperson for Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification (CSCB) and CEO of Wow Creative Solutions and Strategy, called for “transformative action” during an impassioned speech at the first Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris, held on September 16 and organised by the Conseil National du Cuir (CNC), the French leather industry association.

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Louis Vuitton enforces commitment to environmental goals

France
Published:  17 September, 2019

Preserving bio diversity and combating climate change are key ambitions for luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton, with the brand aiming to use 100% of Leather Working Group (LWG) certified suppliers of raw materials by 2025, according to the brand’s Global Sustainable Development Director, Christelle Capdupuy, who was among the high-profile speakers at the first Sustainable Leather Forum, which was held on September 16 in Paris and organised by the French leather Industry Association, Conseil National du Cuir (CNC).

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PR Aqeel Ahmed

CLE demands increase in duty free for leather garments

India
Published:  16 September, 2019

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) has praised the recent measures announced by the government to boost exports and has demanded an increase in duty free limit for leather garments.

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Nigeria targets development of livestock sector

Nigeria
Published:  16 September, 2019

The government of Nigeria has officially launched the 2019-28 National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) aimed at supporting the development of the country’s livestock sector and to ease tensions between herdsmen and farmers.

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Amazon fires hitting farms and killing animals

Brazil
Published:  13 September, 2019

The blazes have reached various properties in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, destroying crops and killing cattle.

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Gucci ArtLab

Eight tanneries help Gucci become carbon neutral

Worldwide
Published:  13 September, 2019

The Italian luxury fashion brand has announced it is now “entirely carbon neutral” and that it has redefined ‘carbon neutral’ to account for all its operations, including its entire supply chain. Actions include upcycling leather and focussing on sourcing raw materials from preferred countries and production systems that have a lower environmental impact.

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Indian leather sector to benefit from incentives

India
Published:  13 September, 2019

The Indian government is said to be considering to increase the leather sector’s entitlement rate for the duty-free import of raw materials from 3% to 5%.

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Management changes at Lederzentrum

Germany
Published:  13 September, 2019

Following the merger of Lederzentrum with LeTec in 2016, the final step in the amalgamation of the businesses, which specialise in leather care products for a vast range of private and corporate clients, has been completed, with key personnel changes to the management board.

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Sustained growth for Hermès Leather Goods and Saddlery division

Worldwide
Published:  13 September, 2019

Consolidated revenue for the luxury Group amounted to €3,284 million in the first half of 2019, up +15% at current exchange rates and +12% at constant exchange rates. Recurring operating income also increased to reach €1,144 million (34.8% of sales).

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Construction of ISA TanTec’s new Vietnam tannery well advanced

Vietnam
Published:  13 September, 2019

The construction of the international tanning Group’s fifth facility worldwide reached its full height in less than three months since the ground breaking.

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Australia’s cattle inventory declines

Australia
Published:  12 September, 2019

As of June 30, Australia’s cattle inventory declined an estimated 7.3% year-on-year.

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Court ruling dismisses action against false ‘leather’ labelling

Germany
Published:  12 September, 2019

On September 10, the Regional Court of Hannover, Germany, dismissed the action by Verband der Deutschen Lederindustrie (German Leather Federation) against vegan accessories brand Nuuwai. The federation had filed preliminary injuction proceedings for misleading advertising of the brand’s handbags made with ‘apple leather’.

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Cattle herd in Egypt on the rise

Egypt
Published:  10 September, 2019

Pursuing the policy to increase its national herd, Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture is prohibiting the slaughter of cattle under 400kg and two years of age.

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Tannery workers without wages for several months

Bangladesh
Published:  10 September, 2019

Over 200 workers from three different tanneries in Bangladesh claim they have received no wages for several months.

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Brazilian wet-blue exports up in volume

Brazil
Published:  10 September, 2019

The overall exports of Brazilian leather totalled US$86.2 million in August, down 25.6% year-on-year.

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Vietnam footwear and leather goods exports keep going strong

Vietnam
Published:  10 September, 2019

Vietnam’s exports of footwear and handbags increased 13.1% and 10.9% in value, respectively, in the first eight months of 2019.

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Chen Zhanguang, Secretary General, China Leather Industry Association

Varied performance for China’s Leather and Footwear Industry

China
Published:  09 September, 2019

Speaking during the China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), Chen Zhanguang, Secretary General of the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), outlined the challenges and opportunities the domestic leather industry faces, with intensification of trade protectionism, the Sino-U.S. trade frictions and a rapid development of textile and synthetic materials putting greater pressure on the import and export of China’s leather industry. 

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Michael Duck, Director, APLF

Mixed market sentiment following ACLE 2019

China
Published:  09 September, 2019

Discussions about the U.S.-China trade war, falling raw materials prices, a generally strained economic climate as well as an uncertain future outlook for the leather industry dominated conversations between exhibitors and visitors of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), which took place September 3-5 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre Pudong. 

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H&M suspends orders of Brazilian leather

Worldwide
Published:  09 September, 2019

The low-cost international fashion manufacturer and retailer said it is temporarily halting leather purchases from Brazil over worries about the Amazon fires and deforestation.

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Calzados Vicenza

Lower Mexican footwear exports in H1

Mexico
Published:  09 September, 2019

Footwear exports from Mexico were down 5.3% in the first half of 2019, and domestic manufacturers fear a further increase in imports from Asia.

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Global luxury apparel market to reach US$2.63 billion by 2026

Worldwide
Published:  09 September, 2019

Valued at US$1.56 billion in 2017, the global luxury apparel market is expected to reach US$2.63 billion by 2026 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.75%.

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Timberland commits to plant 50 million trees

Worldwide
Published:  09 September, 2019

The U.S. headquartered footwear and lifestyle brand said it commits to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025 as part of its pursuit of a greener future.

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Beaulieu-sur-Layon workshop

Louis Vuitton inaugurates 16th workshop in France

France
Published:  06 September, 2019

The French luxury brand now counts 24 workshops worldwide, of which 16 in France.

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French beef processor buys majority stake in Nick Winters Group

France
Published:  06 September, 2019

France’s leading beef processor has acquired a majority stake in the wet-blue distribution specialist.

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New association to represent Zimbabwe’s leather sector

Zimbabwe
Published:  06 September, 2019

Tanners and local finished product manufacturers in Zimbabwe have created a new association, which aims to effectively lobby Government to enact policies aimed at the industry.

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From left: Li Yuzhong, CLIA president; U.S Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad; Stephen Sothmann, President, USHSLA

U.S. Ambassador to China visits ACLE

China
Published:  05 September, 2019

Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, visited the U.S. pavilion and held private talks with representatives of the Chinese leather industry (CLIA) during his visit to the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai on September 3.

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Jeanete Jost Collet, owner, Jost & Collet Consultancy

Call for innovation dominates Shanghai shake-up

China
Published:  05 September, 2019

Innovation was the central theme during a series of talks and discussions at the ‘Shanghai Shakeup’, held on September 4 as part of the All China Leather Exhibition’s (ACLE) events and seminar programme.

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USHSLA brings leather to Shanghai catwalk

China
Published:  04 September, 2019

The inaugural Forever Leather Fashion Show, which took place on September 3 at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai and was hosted by the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) in conjunction with the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), was hailed a success, with over 200 invited guests, media and key representatives from across the leather industry in attendance.

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Industry gathers at ACLE Shanghai

China
Published:  03 September, 2019

The first day of the fair kicked off on Tuesday, September 3, at the SNIEC in Shanghai, with a steady stream of domestic and international visitors, much to the relief of exhibitors, who had been bracing themselves for a quieter turnout amid the challenging global trading climate. 

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New UK footwear trade show to launch in 2020

United Kingdom
Published:  03 September, 2019

Its first edition, to take place in February 2020 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, a city located in the West Midlands region of England, overlaps with Micam Milano.

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Stock prices decline for Bangladesh’s leather sector companies

Bangladesh
Published:  03 September, 2019

Of the six tanning groups currently listed at Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), five have seen their shares decline due to lack of investor confidence in environmental compliance coupled with the recent raw hide trade crisis.

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Executive and material procurement changes at Guangdong Tannery

China
Published:  03 September, 2019

The Hong Kong headquartered leather processor, which has communicated changes in hides and chemical material purchasing in the second quarter 2019, has re-designated a Director, and announced changes of Chairman and Chairman of Nomination Committee.

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Two events to promote India leather

India
Published:  02 September, 2019

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) is organising two events, in Kolkata and Delhi, to promote the capabilities and developments of the Indian leather industry and its exports.

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Tanners begin to pay raw hide traders in Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Published:  02 September, 2019

After reports that some seasonal small raw hide traders in Tangail, the largest district in Dhaka, are facing huge losses as thousands of pieces of raw hides have remained unsold, local tanners have allegedly begun paying their dues as agreed during a meeting mediated by Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) in August.

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JBS Couros holds occupational safety training course

Brazil
Published:  02 September, 2019

Held in July at its Barra do Garças factory, located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the course organised by JBS Couros focussed on practical demonstrations.

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JBS uses satellite for cattle supply monitoring

Brazil
Published:  30 August, 2019

Speaking during an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gilberto Tomazoni, CEO of Brazilian giant meatpacker JBS, said the Company is using satellites to monitor an area of ​​450,000 sq m in the country to ensure that it is not buying cattle from deforested areas.

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Credit: Skyskyns

Scottish sheepskin producer switches to veg tanning

United Kingdom
Published:  30 August, 2019

Skyeskyns, whose most premium quality sheepskins are machine washable, is now using mimosa bark to tan its sheepskins.

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Australian authorities seize drugs disseminated in cowhides

Australia
Published:  30 August, 2019

More than 750 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (ice) was found inside a shipment of raw animal hides from Mexico, according to the Australian Federal Police.

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