Demand for leather seats on the rise in Malaysia

Malaysia
Published:  22 February, 2018

Market analysts have upgraded Pecca Group to a “buy” from a “hold” position as the leading Malaysian automotive leather supplier is expected to see a rise in demand for its leathers to equip new car models.

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ECHA invites contribution from the leather sector

Europe
Published:  22 February, 2018

Chemical suppliers, leather article manufacturers, and tanneries are invited to submit any information that may be significant in helping the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) prepare an Annex XV restriction dossier.

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Mike Larson

New Vice President for Tyson’s Hides and Tannery Group

United States
Published:  22 February, 2018

U.S. meat and Hide processor Tyson Fresh Meats has named a new Vice President of Hides and Tannery Group for Tyson Fresh Meats.

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Visitors flock to Lineapelle 94

Italy
Published:  22 February, 2018

As expected, the second day of the Lineapelle and Simac Tanning Tech fairs taking place in Milan February 20-22 was very busy with representatives from  throughout the leather supply chain attending the fair.

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JBS Couros achieves highest LWG ranking for traceability

Brazil
Published:  22 February, 2018

Brazilian leather processor, JBS Couros, has once again received the top audit traceability award from the Leather Working Group (LWG) for eight out of fifteen of its South American plants.

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50 new tanneries to operate at Robikki Leather Complex

Egypt
Published:  22 February, 2018

Created to relocate tanneries from the city of Old Cairo, the new Robikki Leather Complex will see another 50 tanneries operational in March.

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Exports of Italian machinery and technology up +10%

Italy
Published:  21 February, 2018

Italy’s leather machinery and technology sector has recorded an increase of approximately +10%, both in production and exports, in the first eleven months of 2017.

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Gabriella Bocca, President, Assomac with Amilcare Bacchini, Director, Assomac at the launch of the ‘Green label’.

Assomac launches ‘Green Label’ at Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  21 February, 2018

The Italian Association of Manufacturers of Footwear, Leathergoods, Tannery Machines and Accessories (Assomac) is officially introducing the ‘Green Label’, a labelling system for the energy-environmental performance of technologies for the sector, at Simac Tanning Tech taking place February 20-22 in Milan, Italy.

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Lineapelle 94 up and running

Italy
Published:  21 February, 2018

After a quiet start, the 94th edition of Lineapelle got underway in Milan yesterday. The three-day show, taking place at the FieraRho exhibition grounds in Milan, February 20-22 is showcasing the latest leathers for Spring/Summer 2019. Visitor numbers did improve throughout the afternoon of the show and today, the second day, is expected to be the busiest.

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Lower sales for Indian leather chemicals supplier

India
Published:  21 February, 2018

A Delhi headquartered leather chemicals manufacturer has reported net sales of INRs89.4 million (US$1.38 million) for the period ending December 31, 2017, down from INRs104million (US$1.60 million) a year earlier.

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Super Tannery’s net profit decline in last quarter

India
Published:  21 February, 2018

Net profit declined -4.85% in the quarter ending December 2017 for one of India’s leading buffalo leather processors.

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Strong Q4 results for VF Corp

Worldwide
Published:  20 February, 2018

The global lifestyle brands Company has reported better than expected fourth quarter results and says growth continues to accelerate across core dimensions of its portfolio.

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SUV sales contribute to Nissan’s growth

Worldwide
Published:  20 February, 2018

The Japan headquartered automaker reports that Nissan’s global crossover and SUV sales increased more than 12% in 2017, totaling over 2 million vehicles.

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U.S. tanner makes glove leather for winter olympics

United States
Published:  19 February, 2018

The family-owned leather business has produced the leathers for the gloves worn by American athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Kenyan hide traders charged with tax fraud

Kenya
Published:  19 February, 2018

Two Nairobi-based hide traders have allegedly under-declared the weight and measurements of wet-salted cow hides destined for exports.

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GST AutoLeather looks to the future

United States
Published:  16 February, 2018

The premium automotive leather manufacturer says the Court’s approval for the sale of all its assets will enable the Company to focus on planned and uninterrupted operations.

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Ethiopian leather product exports on the rise

Ethiopia
Published:  16 February, 2018

Exports of a range of leather goods from Ethiopia are reported to have increased +20% in the first half of the fiscal year, totalling US$69.6 million.

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U.S. salted hide exports increased in 2017

United States
Published:  15 February, 2018

The U.S. exported over US$2.08 billion worth of cattle hides, pig skins and semi-processed leather products in 2017, representing a US$40 million increase over the previous year.     

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Gucci drives Kering’s performance

Worldwide
Published:  14 February, 2018

The French luxury conglomerate has posted consolidated revenues of €15,478 million in 2017, up +25% as reported and +27.2% on a comparable basis compared with the previous year.

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Best ever January for BMW Group

Worldwide
Published:  14 February, 2018

BMW Group has posted sales increase in all major sales regions for January 2018, with deliveries up +3.8% to 169,538 units.

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Decline in Brazilian footwear exports in January

Brazil
Published:  14 February, 2018

Shipments of Brazilian footwear dropped -1.2% in both revenue and pairs in January 2018, year-on-year.

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US$167 billion purchase offer for GST AutoLeather approved

United States
Published:  13 February, 2018

The senior secured lenders of bankrupt premium automotive leather supplier, GST AutoLeather, have won the ten-round bidding process.

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East African hide smuggling costing governments US$30 million

Published:  13 February, 2018

The smuggling of hides and skins to China is reported to be generating a loss of US$30 million in annual tax to governments in the East African Community (EAC), according to the Tanners Association of Kenya.

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ECHA finds high concentrations of chromium VI in leather products

Europe
Published:  13 February, 2018

European inspectors have found hundreds of consumer products with illegal amounts of restricted chemicals, including in some leather products.

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APLF assess economic environment as Hong Kong fair approaches

Hong Kong
Published:  13 February, 2018

Perrine Ardouin, Director, APLF Leather and Materials+, looks ahead to the upcoming edition of the Hong Kong trade show and provides an insight into factors that could impact the leather business.

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Wolverine expects fast e-commerce growth

Worldwide
Published:  12 February, 2018

U.S. based global footwear manufacturer expects to deliver mid-single-digit underlying revenue growth in 2018, and achieve its 12% adjusted operating margin target, with significant incremental investments to drive future growth.

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Bridge of Weir ask for Brexit clarity

United Kingdom
Published:  12 February, 2018

A British Member of Parliament (MP) recently visited the automotive leather specialist to learn more about its operations and the possible impact of Brexit on the business.

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Alaskan tannery re-opens for business

United States
Published:  12 February, 2018

After having shut down for several years, a tannery is to process hundreds of seal skins a year sent from subsistence hunters.

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Leather waste recycling specialist raises US$97 million in new funds

United Kingdom
Published:  09 February, 2018

The UK based specialist in patented high-tech materials technology, announced that it has raised £70 million (US$97 million) from new and existing investors to meet demand from a broad base of international industries.

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Strong operating profit for Volvo Cars in 2017

United States
Published:  09 February, 2018

The premium carmaker has reported a strong 27.7% increase in operating profit in 2017, earning a record SEK14.1 billion (US$1.73 billion) compared with SEK11 billion (US$1.35 billion) in 2016.

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Cattle supply helps improve Tyson’s beef sales

United States
Published:  09 February, 2018

The largest U.S. meat processor, Tyson Foods, has posted higher sales volume in the beef segment for the first quarter of 2018, while the U.S. has also announced record results for overall beef exports in 2017. 

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Tuscan trial project to re-use waste water for tanneries

Italy
Published:  08 February, 2018

In place since the last quarter of 2016 and being tested throughout 2018, the Aqua 360 project seeks to purify and refine domestic wastewater before being used by tanneries in their manufacturing process.

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Footwear manufacturer to acquire tannery units in Kanpur

India
Published:  08 February, 2018

An India based footwear manufacturer is said to be looking to acquire leather manufacturing units in Kanpur, so as to expand its manufacturing base in the state of Uttar Pradesh. 

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Tamil Nadu officials halt production at leather complex

India
Published:  08 February, 2018

Piles of semi-processed leather are reported to be remain dormant since the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) ordered tannery operations to halt ten days ago, claiming the complex’s Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) was being expanded by the tanners without its consent.

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LWG meets in Chennai

India
Published:  08 February, 2018

The Leather Working Group, which is now in its 13th year, held its first meeting of 2018 in Chennai, India February 3, following the 33rd India International Leather Fair (IILF). 

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Mercedes posts best-ever start to the year

Worldwide
Published:  07 February, 2018

German premium automotive manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz, has started 2018 with a new sales record, with worldwide deliveries totalling 193,414 vehicles in January (+8.4%).

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UNIDO organises training event in Kanpur

India
Published:  07 February, 2018

Organised with the Kanpur Leather Development Project by Kanpur Unnao Leather Development Company (KLC) in partnership with UNIDO, University of Northampton, and Common&Sense in coordination with CLE and CLRI, the training mainly focussed on Sustainable Leather Manufacturing Technologies.

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Protesters try to block Brazilian live cattle exports

Brazil
Published:  07 February, 2018

A court in São Paulo, Brazil, has authorised the shipment of live animals for slaughter abroad from any terminal in the country. The decision comes after a ship with around 27,000 cattle was recently retained from sailing in the Port of Santos by a judicial decision.

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New EU project seeks to add jobs in leather and footwear sectors

Europe
Published:  06 February, 2018

Partners from nine EU countries participated in the kick-off meeting of “Skills4Smart TCLF 2030”, an ambitious project co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme to attract, upskill and develop innovative learning methods for workers in the textile, clothing, leather, and footwear (TCLF) companies in Europe.

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ISA TanTec LITE concept reaches 15-year milestone

Worldwide
Published:  05 February, 2018

The ‘Low Impact to the Environment’ (LITE) concept introduced by the international tanning group in 2003 is reported to have enabled annual savings of approximately 68% in water and 70% in energy against the industry’s benchmark.

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Greater optimism following the Chennai leather fair

India
Published:  05 February, 2018

The 33rd edition of the India International Leather Fair (IILF) concluded on February 3, and most exhibitors that ILM spoke with said they were more optimistic about the domestic market than they were following the previous edition of the fair in 2017. 

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Former U.S. tannery fined over storage of dangerous waste

United States
Published:  05 February, 2018

Investigation officials allegedly found several types of waste on site, for which the tannery did not have the appropriate permits.

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Cargill invests in cattle identification technology

Ireland
Published:  02 February, 2018

The agricultural commodities multinational has partnered with an Irish start-up whose imaging software can identify individual cows using a facial recognition technology.

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Another record year for Ferrari

Worldwide
Published:  02 February, 2018

The luxury sportscar manufacturer has posted another record year of sale results, with over €1 billion of adjusted Ebitda; two years ahead of its IPO business plan and surpassing analysts’ expectations.

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Designers gather in Chennai

India
Published:  02 February, 2018

The 3rd India Council for Leather Exports (CLE) Designers Fair was officially inaugurated by senior members of the Indian leather industry and government officials at the ITC Grand Chola hotel in Chennai on February 1.

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Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, India Council for Leather Exports (CLE)

Government wants industry growth in return for investment

India
Published:  02 February, 2018

The first full day of the 33rd India International Leather Fair (IILF) took place in Chennai on February 1 (January 31-February 3) and followed the official announcement by the Indian government on January 31 that it would be investing US$400 million in the leather industry over the next three years. 

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CLE announces Export Award winners

India
Published:  01 February, 2018

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) has presented the Export Excellence Awards on the opening day of the 33rd India International Leather Fair (IILF), taking place in Chennai, India, January 31 – February 3.

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Kenya’s new budget aims to boost leather sector

Kenya
Published:  01 February, 2018

The Kenyan government is seeking to raise the share of manufacturing sector from 9% to 15% of the country’s GDP by 2022, according to a draft budget policy statement issued at end of January.

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TFL to contribute to Ethiopia’s leather industry development

Ethiopia
Published:  01 February, 2018

Yasuhisa Nakamura, TFL Japan Managing Director, has been appointed as ‘expert’ to help develop the Ethiopian leather Industry through the ‘Industrial Promotion Project’, a bilateral technical cooperation between the Japan International Cooperation Agency and Ethiopia's Ministry of Trade.

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Kering says Gucci is compliant on tax regulations

Italy
Published:  31 January, 2018

French luxury conglomerate Kering said on January 26 that Marco Bizzarri, CEO, Gucci was fully compliant with his tax obligations in Italy.

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