LWG encouraged by Hong Kong enquiries

Hong Kong
Published:  21 March, 2019

The Leather Working Group (LWG) says it has received many new enquiries from across the supply chain and from a wealth of different countries during the APLF 2019, which took place March 13-15 in Hong Kong.

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Competition Commission opposes merger of ostrich leather suppliers

South Africa
Published:  20 March, 2019

South Africa’s Competition Commission has ruled against a proposed merger between the Mosstrich Group and Klein Karoo International (KKI).

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Kanpur tanneries reopening delayed

India
Published:  20 March, 2019

Originally due to be reopened on March 15 following the end of the Kumbh Mela Hindu festival, tanneries in Kanpur are reported to be still waiting for authorisation to resume operations.

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Deichmann expands to China and Saudi Arabia

Worldwide
Published:  20 March, 2019

One of Europe’s largest shoe retailers, Deichmann says it continued to grow in 2018 despite difficult market conditions.

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Fashion Access 2019. More space is available in hall 3 of the HKCEC

Divided opinions over APLF 2020 announcement

Hong Kong
Published:  19 March, 2019

There were mixed opinions among exhibitors at the APLF Leather show in Hong Kong last week whether the proposed move from hall 1 of the fair to hall 3 in 2020 was a positive step for the leather industry.

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APLF 2019 sets a more stable market tone

Hong Kong
Published:  19 March, 2019

The 35th edition of the APLF four-in-one show ended on March 15 and the overall consensus was that the 2019 edition was positive and some market stability is anticipated, but the fundamental issues of high supply versus soft demand in the leather chain still remain.

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LWG and Tannery of the Future Foundation announce collaboration

Worldwide
Published:  18 March, 2019

The Leather Working Group (LWG) and Tannery of the Future Foundation have announced a collaboration to integrate the Tannery of the Future sustainability checklist into the LWG website and programme.

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Eng Yasser El Maghraby speaking in Hong Kong

New Pan African Leather Fair set for Cairo

Hong Kong
Published:  18 March, 2019

A new Pan African Leather Fair (PALF) was officially unveiled during the APLF in Hong Kong on March 13. The inaugural event is set to take place in Cairo in July 2020.

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Rise in so-called ‘eco-conscious’ online searches

Worldwide
Published:  18 March, 2019

Global fashion search engine, Lyst, says it saw a +66% increase in searches for sustainable fashion, with footwear and denim as the two key categories.

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Vellore tanneries accused of polluting groundwater

India
Published:  18 March, 2019

Untreated tannery effluents released by tanneries in Vellore, Indian state of Tamil Nadu, are contaminating groundwater and posing major health risks, it is claimed.

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Strong raw material supply pushing down leather prices

Hong Kong
Published:  15 March, 2019

The leather price has generally been under pressure due to strong supplies of raw materials, but also due to lower demand as designers and manufacturers of finished products increasingly switch to alternative materials.

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Stable 2018 results for the Italian tanning industry

Italy
Published:  15 March, 2019

In the tanning sector, what China and Brazil represent in terms of importance in the mainstream productions, Italy represents in the higher range of the market. 2018 was not a positive year for the global tanning industry, and it was not different in Italy.

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Porsche Macan

New car sales recovery in some key EU markets

Europe
Published:  15 March, 2019

New car sales in the EU declined -1% in February, year-on-year, but some key markets such as Germany and France have showed signs of recovery.

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Higher leather footwear imports into China

China
Published:  15 March, 2019

During the annual meeting of the International Council of Tanners (ICT) held in Hong Kong on March 12, the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) presented some key import-export figures for the sector.

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Tyson adopts DNA technology to trace beef

United States
Published:  15 March, 2019

Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, said it is collaborating with a leading global provider of DNA identification solutions to trace beef back to the individual animal of origin.

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Left: Luca Boltri, UNIC, Paul Pearson, ICT and John Wittenborn, LIA, during press conference in Hong Kong

4th World Leather Congress to focus on “Leather in Everyday Life”

United States
Published:  14 March, 2019

Jointly hosted by the Leather Industries of America (LIA) and the U.S. Hide Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) the fourth World Leather Congress (WLC) takes place July 16 in New York.

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French leather exports up +10% in 2018

France
Published:  14 March, 2019

Exports from the French leather sector totalled €11.7 billion in 2018, up +10% and primarily driven by demand for luxury products.

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Higher beef consumption in Japan

Japan
Published:  14 March, 2019

Lower domestic and imported beef prices in Japan are said to have driven growth in consumption and trade in 2018, with the trend forecast to continue in 2019.

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Left: Mehmet Sepici with Gabriella Bocca at Simac Tanning Tech

Lamebo celebrates 50 years

Italy
Published:  13 March, 2019

Splitting machine blade specialist, Lamebo is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 after the Company was founded in Northern Italy by Enrico and Rita Bocca in 1969.

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Time for the industry to throw some punches

Hong Kong
Published:  13 March, 2019

The International Council of Hides, Skins and Leather Traders’ Association (ICHSLTA) hosted its AGM and annual industry cocktail along with the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) on the eve of the APLF in Hong Kong, March 12.

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ICT confirms a difficult year for the industry

Hong Kong
Published:  13 March, 2019

Members of the International Council of Tanners’ (ICT) met in Hong Kong on March 12 for its AGM and to reflect on a difficult year in 2018 for the global tanning industry. Looking ahead for its activities in 2019, it will host the 4th World Leather Congress in New York on July 16.

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JBS Couros unveils new sustainable leather concept at APLF

Hong Kong
Published:  13 March, 2019

The Brazil headquartered leather processor is presenting a new range of sustainable leather at the trade show, whose process is said to reduce water consumption by 54.2% and reduce trimming waste from leather cutting by 45%.

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U.S. imports of Brazilian footwear on the increase

Brazil
Published:  12 March, 2019

Brazilian footwear exports grew +26% in volume in the first two months of the year, in particular to the U.S., leading to speculations that the sector could be benefitting from the trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

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Brazil seeks to grow presence in leather upholstery

Brazil
Published:  12 March, 2019

As the hides and skins exports from Brazil declined -23% in value in February compared with the same month in 2018, the sector seeks to adjust to the trends through the export of value-added products.

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Kanpur tanneries to benefit from new CETP

India
Published:  11 March, 2019

The tannery units shut down under State Government order for three months are expected to resume operations this week.

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COTANCE’s Social Dialogue project reviews data collection

Belgium
Published:  11 March, 2019

COTANCE and industriAll-European Trade Union met with project partners on February 27 for the first Steering Committee meeting of the new Social Dialogue project, which aims to draft the second European Social and Environmental Report.

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Faurecia ready to expand seating assembly lines in China

China
Published:  11 March, 2019

The new automotive seating R&D centre of the France headquartered automotive seating and components Group is part of a joint venture with Liuzhou Wuling Automotive Industry, an automotive component manufacturing company in China.

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PrimeAsia to complete Vietnam tannery expansion

Vietnam
Published:  11 March, 2019

Seeking to meet the growing leather demand from customers in Southeast Asia, the international tanning Group says the Vietnam tannery expansion is to be completed during the first quarter of 2019.

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Kolkata’s leather college marks centenary celebrations

India
Published:  11 March, 2019

Over the weekend March 9-11, 2019, the Government College of Engineering and Leather Technology (GCELT) culminated the celebration of their Centenary year.

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OEKO-TEX expands Sustainable Textile Production to include leather products

Worldwide
Published:  08 March, 2019

For consumers it is increasingly important that leather articles are tested for harmful substances and that they are produced in a sustainable way. 

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Spanish footwear exports decline in 2018

Spain
Published:  08 March, 2019

Exports of footwear from Spain in 2018 declined -0.6% in volume, year-on-year, representing the first fall in international shipments since 2015.

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IHS Markit predicts less leather in future cars

France
Published:  07 March, 2019

Digital leather cutting and software solutions provider, Lectra hosted its 5th annual automotive event on March 7. The two-day event features 50 invited delegates from 15 countries representing the whole automotive supply chain. One of the keynote speakers was from automotive consultants IHS Markit based in Paris.

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New car sales in Brazil up in early 2019

Brazil
Published:  08 March, 2019

New car sales in Brazil increased +16.3% in the first two months of 2019.

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Lectra hosts 5th Automotive event and unveils new machine

France
Published:  07 March, 2019

France based digital leather cutting and software solutions provider, Lectra hosted its 5th annual automotive event on March 7. The two-day event features 50 invited delegates from 15 countries representing the whole automotive supply chain. 

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Dr Martens to double production capacity

United Kingdom
Published:  07 March, 2019

The iconic British footwear brand announced it is investing £2 million (US$2.6 million) at its site near Northampton.

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Stable visitor numbers at Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  07 March, 2019

The organisers of the trade show dedicated to machinery and technologies for the footwear, leather goods and tanneries, say visitor turnout for the February 2019 edition matched the record levels of the previous year.

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JBS USA to develop global sustainability programme

United States
Published:  06 March, 2019

The meat processing giant said it is in talks with its Brazilian division to launch a global sustainability initiative.

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Tuscan leather district to upgrade waste treatment facilities

Italy
Published:  06 March, 2019

Aimed at implementing a full-circular economy in the tanning district, an agreement worth €80 million has been signed between the Region of Tuscany, the Associazione Conciatori (Tanners’ Association of Santa Croce sull’Arno) and waste treatment company, Rea Impianti.

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Senior Executive resignations at Adient

United States
Published:  06 March, 2019

Two Senior Executives at the automotive seating and components supplier are reported to have stepped down from their roles.

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India’s withdrawal from U.S. GSP could impact leather exports

United States/India
Published:  06 March, 2019

The U.S. President said on March 5 that he plans to withdraw India from its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for lack of reciprocity.

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Leather orders shifting from Kanpur to Bangladesh and Pakistan

India
Published:  05 March, 2019

The tannery shutdowns in the Kanpur region has led to leather buyers looking to source from neighbouring Bangladesh and Pakistan, it is claimed.

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Streetwear trends invade luxury segment

Worldwide
Published:  05 March, 2019

From Japan and Brazil, to Europe and the U.S., the significant rise in streetwear is leading luxury brands to adopt a more “democratic” approach to fashion.

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Argentina’s beef exports offset declining domestic consumption

Argentina
Published:  05 March, 2019

In December 2018, Argentina’s beef exports rose +129% compared with the same month in 2017, with China absorbing 56% of the total. However, the decline in domestic consumption is impacting cattle farmers.

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Hundreds of hides thrown away in Kanpur

India
Published:  04 March, 2019

Without power supply, the tanneries located in Jajmau are reported to have thrown away hundreds of hides as these cannot be processed or treated.

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Marfrig returns to profit

Brazil
Published:  01 March, 2019

The Brazilian meatpacker has posted a return to profit for the first time since the third quarter of 2015.

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Aston Martin’s 2018 results fail to impress investors

Worldwide
Published:  01 March, 2019

Despite a record revenue of £1.1 billion (US$1.45 billion), up +25%, for the year ending December 31, 2018, shares of the British luxury marque are reported to have fallen -18% upon the announcement of losses.

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Vietnam footwear export earnings remain strong

Vietnam
Published:  01 March, 2019

Vietnam’s overall export earnings amounted to about US$36.7 billion in the first two months of 2019, up +5.9% year-on-year.

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Major British department store bans sale of exotic skins

United Kingdom
Published:  28 February, 2019

High-end chain of department stores in the UK, Selfridges said it will ban the sale of exotic animal skins as from February 2020.

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New CEC project to focus on footwear life-cycle

Europe
Published:  28 February, 2019

On February 20-21, the partners of the Erasmus + SciELD project gathered in Iasi, Romania, to work on a new project that seeks to improve the consumers’ living standards through a science and comfort led analysis of footwear product life-cycle.

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25 tanneries receive allotments in Calcutta Leather Complex

India
Published:  28 February, 2019

Amit Mitra, Finance, Commerce and Industries Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, is reported to have handed over land allotment letters to 25 tanneries on February 26.

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