India’s CLE announces new Chairman

India
Published:  21 January, 2019

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) has announced a new Chairman, effective from January 17, and says India’s leather industry expects a 5-6% growth in exports in fiscal 2018-19.

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Authorities say domestic sewage still polluting Ganges

India
Published:  21 January, 2019

As the 249 registered tanneries located in the industrial district of Jajmau, Kanpur, were ordered shut, or allowed to operate in reduced capacity during Kumbh Mela, some tannery owners are allegedly ‘too scared’ to go to court or have to rely on the inadequate infrastructure set up by the Government to discharge effluents.

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Groupe Renault sales up +3.2% in 2018

Worldwide
Published:  21 January, 2019

In 2018, the French automotive Group sold a total of 3,884,295 units worldwide, and says demand in Russia, Brazil and Africa have offset the economic and political headwinds in Europe.

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Heusch expands leather application support

Germany
Published:  18 January, 2019

The Germany headquartered tannery fleshing and shaving blade specialist has announced a new role in application support for its tanning industry customers through the appointment of a new member to its team.

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Paris to host first Sustainable Leather Forum

France
Published:  18 January, 2019

The French Leather Council (Conseil National du Cuir – CNC) will host its first Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris on September 16.

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Sheepskin shoe brand taps into high-end segment

United States
Published:  17 January, 2019

After two decades operating in the mid-price range, the manufacturer has launched a new premium brand, produced in Mexico.

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Brazilian footwear sector updates sustainability certificate

Brazil
Published:  17 January, 2019

The Brazilian footwear associations have updated their ‘Sustainable Origin’ certificate, first launched in 2013.

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Ministry says Savar CETP to be completed soon

Bangladesh
Published:  17 January, 2019

Bangladesh’s Industry Minister said the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) in the Savar Industrial Zone is to be completed soon and work is underway to establish another two leather clusters.

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New EU car sales remained flat in 2018

Europe
Published:  16 January, 2019

EU new passenger car sales declined for the fourth consecutive month in December, continuing the downward trend that started with the introduction of WLTP in September.

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China’s Evergrande invests in Swedish new energy smart car group

China/Europe
Published:  16 January, 2019

China's second-largest property developer by sales has acquired 51% of the shares in NEVS AB, a global new energy smart car group based in Sweden.

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Groupe PSA reaps benefits of product offensive strategy

Worldwide
Published:  16 January, 2019

The French automotive Group has posted a sales increase for the fifth consecutive year and says it is working with partners to find solutions for the declining Chinese market.

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Obuv Rossii strengthens position in Russian footwear market

Russia
Published:  16 January, 2019

The Russian footwear retailing chain opened 48 new franchising stores across the country in 2018, bringing the total number to 161.

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Local economies affected by Kanpur tannery closures

India
Published:  16 January, 2019

As tannery gates remain closed under the orders of the Uttar Pradesh authorities, the streets surrounding India’s three major leather clusters are deserted, with shops and other local services also closed.

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LVMH acquires minority stake in Gabriela Hearst

United States
Published:  15 January, 2019

The French luxury conglomerate has bought a minority stake at the New York based fashion label.

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Urus SUV leather interior

VW Group announces record year and new production facility

Worldwide
Published:  15 January, 2019

The automotive manufacturing Group has announced a new all-time sales record, with 10.83 million vehicles delivered worldwide in 2018 (+0.9%) and the addition of a new manufacturing facility in the U.S., aimed at making electric vehicles.

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New Balance to open new U.S. manufacturing facility

United States
Published:  15 January, 2019

The global sportwear manufacturer plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Methuen, U.S. state of Massachusetts.

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Lanxess seminar discusses handling of leather odour and emissions

Germany
Published:  14 January, 2019

The fourth seminar aimed at the leather and clothing industry organised by specialty chemicals manufacturer, Lanxess, was held at its headquarters in Cologne, Germany, January 10-11.

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Zimbabwe approves tax relief for raw hide traders

Zimbabwe
Published:  14 January, 2019

The Government in Zimbabwe is reported to have approved an export tax relief to registered raw hide traders, effective from January 1, in a move aimed at reducing the amount of the raw material going to waste.

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Mercedes-Benz posts eighth consecutive annual sales record

Worldwide
Published:  11 January, 2019

The premium German automotive manufacturer sold more than 2.3 million cars worldwide in 2018 (+0.9%), representing the most successful year in terms of sales in the Company’s history.

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Brazilian footwear exports decline -10% in 2018

Brazil
Published:  11 January, 2019

With the exception of the month of April, exports of Brazilian footwear fell sharply throughout 2018.

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Historical sales record for Rolls-Royce

Worldwide
Published:  11 January, 2019

The luxury car manufacturer, part of the BMW Group, announced sales of 4,107 in 2018, the highest in the marque’s 115-year history.

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Honda's new HR-V Sport leather interior

Honda’s new Smart Leather has built-in electronic circuits

United States
Published:  10 January, 2019

The Japanese automotive manufacturer is said to have recently filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a “smart functional leather”.

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New OEKO-TEX Leather Standard regulations in 2019

Germany
Published:  10 January, 2019

The existing guidelines for the OEKO-TEX product portfolio have been amended and the new regulations are to come into effect after a three-month transition period on April 1, 2019. The assessment for sustainable production conditions, ‘STeP’, is also be to extended to leather.

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December second-best month of U.S. auto sales

United States
Published:  10 January, 2019

New car sales in the U.S. increased +2.2% in December, bringing the overall sales in 2018 to a rise +0.6%.

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Ethiopia to house six new industrial parks in 2019

Ethiopia
Published:  09 January, 2019

After the recent inauguration of two industrial parks, another six are expected to be built in the country by Chinese companies before the end of July 2019.

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91 Kanpur tanneries closed on pollution grounds

India
Published:  09 January, 2019

The local authorities ordered the immediate closure of 91 tanneries in Kanpur on January 8 for, allegedly, discharging waste directly into the Ganges river.

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Luxury French leather bags producer opens new workshop

France
Published:  09 January, 2019

Founded over 80 years ago, the high-end leather goods manufacturer has inaugurated a new production unit in France.

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Indian tanners ask for zero duty on exports of semi-processed leather

India
Published:  09 January, 2019

Fearing the impact on raw material availability, representatives from India’s finished products manufacturing sector have asked the Government not to suppress the tax on shipments of semi-finished leather.

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Chanel acquires stake in luxury watchmaker

Europe
Published:  08 January, 2019

The French luxury fashion group has acquired a stake in Swiss watch manufacturer, Kenissi.

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New executive appointment at Pittards

United Kingdom
Published:  08 January, 2019

The UK headquartered leather manufacturing Group has announced the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.

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Volvo's plug-in hybrid range

Historical sales record for Volvo Cars in 2018

Worldwide
Published:  07 January, 2019

The carmaker says is has set a new global sales record in 2018, surpassing the 600,000 sales milestone for the first time since the Company was founded in 1927.

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Clariant sells part of its stake in Stahl

The Netherlands
Published:  04 January, 2019

French buyout Group, Wendel, has strengthened its position at the Dutch chemical manufacturer by acquiring capital from Clariant.

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Lower demand for Spanish footwear in the EU

Spain
Published:  04 January, 2019

Exports of Spanish footwear decreased -3.8% in value in the first nine months of 2018 due to lower demand in the European Union.

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Brazilian new car sales up +13.7% in 2018

Brazil
Published:  04 January, 2019

A total of 2.47 million units were sold, representing the industry’s best performance since 2015.

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Satra Chief Executive to retire as organisation celebrates 100 years

United Kingdom
Published:  03 January, 2019

Austin Simmons, Chief Executive, Satra, has announced his intention to retire
later in 2019. The UK headquartered independent research and technology centre is also celebrating its 100 years in 2019.

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Shift in footwear and bag making from China to Vietnam continues

Vietnam
Published:  03 January, 2019

Between January and November 2018, Vietnam’s exports of footwear and bags are reported to have risen +10.9% and +3%, respectively, year-on-year.

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Fire destroys leather factory in Kolkata

India
Published:  02 January, 2019

A fire broke out at a leather factory situated in Tangra, East Kolkata, in the morning of January 1.

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Solid tannery waste dumped in Savar open spaces

Bangladesh
Published:  02 January, 2019

As Savar’s Central Treatment Effluent Plant (CETP) is still not fully operational, Bangladesh’s leather exports are reported to have declined -16.11% in the first five months of the current fiscal year as buyers are concerned by the lack of environmental compliance.

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19 tanneries in Kanpur ordered to close

India
Published:  02 January, 2019

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has ordered the tanneries to close in late December until further notice, as effluents were allegedly directly overflowing into the Ganges river.

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Pakistan’s leather sector blames Government for lack of planning

Pakistan
Published:  02 January, 2019

Representatives from Pakistan’s leather sector claim the lack of adequate planning by successive governments has led to a plunge in exports.

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Wolverine Worldwide to sue 3M over PFAS chemicals

United States
Published:  21 December, 2018

The U.S. based footwear and leather manufacturing group is reported to have filed a lawsuit in a U.S. federal court alleging that industrial multinational 3M concealed information about toxic PFAS chemicals used at the Group’s former tannery located in Rockford, Michigan.

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Fuga Couros

Third Brazilian tannery awarded CSCB Gold level

Brazil
Published:  21 December, 2018

Awarded with the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB) Silver level a year ago, Fuga Couros has now received the Gold certification.

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Children rescued from forced labour at leather goods factory

India
Published:  20 December, 2018

The boys were forced to work and live at the factory premises in Mumbai without any external contact, according to local police officers.

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U.S. tanner ordered to pay hazardous waste penalty

United States
Published:  20 December, 2018

The tannery located in the northern U.S. state of Maine has agreed to comply with state and federal hazardous waste laws and to pay a penalty to settle claims by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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India considers scrapping duty on raw hide exports

India
Published:  20 December, 2018

On December 18, India’s Ministry of Commerce is reported to have met with representatives from the domestic beef and leather sectors to consider the possibility of temporarily scrapping tax on the export of raw hides.

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Lynk & Co leather interior

Chinese new car sales continue to decline

China
Published:  19 December, 2018

The year 2018 is set to mark the first annual decline in new Chinese auto sales in 28 years local car brands are reported to struggle to compete with foreign rivals. 

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Stahl holds four leather seminars in India

India
Published:  19 December, 2018

Led by Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl, the chemical manufacturer held a series of leather seminars in the cities of Chennai, Kanpur, Kolkata and Ranipet on December 4-8.

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UK leather affected by Rules of Origin after Brexit

Europe
Published:  18 December, 2018

The UK Leather Federation (UKLF) says it has been in communication with the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the development of Rules of Origin (RoO) for export and imports after Brexit.

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Brazilian beef exports up +10% in 2018

Brazil
Published:  18 December, 2018

Total Brazilian beef exports could close 2018 at 1.626 million tonnes, representing a +10% increase over the previous year.

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India’s leather and footwear exports increase in rupee value

India
Published:  03 January, 2019

India’s exports of leather, leather products, and footwear are reported to have increased in value during the first seven months of the current fiscal year.

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