Kazakhstan plans to develop livestock and meat industries

Kazakhstan
Published:  20 June, 2018

A national programme launched by Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Agriculture in March aims to develop the country’s livestock and meat sectors to double beef and lamb production, as well as boost exports within ten years.

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Skoda leather seating

Volkswagen Group deliveries up +6.1% in May

Worldwide
Published:  20 June, 2018

The automotive Group delivered 953,400 units worldwide in May, a +6.1% increase over the same month in 2017.

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Digital revolution and speed of fashion discussed at Expo Riva Schuh

Italy
Published:  20 June, 2018

Over 12,000 visitors are reported to have attended the 90th edition of Expo Riva Schuh held in Riva del Garda, Italy, June 16-19, where 1,474 exhibitors from 37 different countries displayed their footwear collections.

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Mexican footwear seeks U.S. expansion

Mexico
Published:  20 June, 2018

Supported by the Chamber for the Footwear Industry of the Guanajuato State (CICEG) and Cofoce, a decentralised institution of the State of Guanajuato for the promotion of international commerce, the Mexican footwear sector seeks expansion in the U.S. market.

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Scottish tanner to increase portfolio through expansion

United Kingdom
Published:  19 June, 2018

The company, whose investment includes a new drum from Italy, aims to continue the expansion in order to develop its product portfolio.

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Church’s launches new leather goods line

United Kingdom
Published:  19 June, 2018

The premium British leather footwear brand, best known for its upmarket men’s shoes, has launched a new collection of leather goods, which includes briefcases and belts.

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Faurecia to build new production plant in India

India
Published:  19 June, 2018

The new manufacturing plant of the French automotive seating and parts manufacturer is to supply Hyundai Mobis and Kia motors.

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Footwear manufacturing group resumes operations after protests

Vietnam
Published:  18 June, 2018

Operations at four production units of a major footwear manufacturing group located in Vietnam are reported to have resumed after several workers joined protests across the country against a proposed law for special economic zones.

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Sustainability at the centre of UNIC’s general assembly

Italy
Published:  18 June, 2018

Held in the brand new Spazio Lineapelle of Palazzo Gorani, Milan, on June 15, the positive performance of the Italian leather sector in 2017 demonstrates its “solidity and strength”, said Gianni Russo, President of the Italian Tanners Association (UNIC) during its annual assembly.

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PTA seeks withdrawal of raw materials quarantine

Pakistan
Published:  15 June, 2018

Pakistan’s customs authorities are reported to have added basic raw materials for the leather industry in a quarantine list that is normally reserved for food items.

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Gucci to secure more in-house leather goods production

Italy
Published:  14 June, 2018

Fast becoming the Millennials’ favourite luxury brand, the Italian label is to further develop its in-house production in a move that seeks to shorten delivery delays by 50%.

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Brazilian leather exports greatly impacted by truck strike

Brazil
Published:  14 June, 2018

The latest Brazilian data on export of bovine leather is largely influenced by the national truck strike during the last two weeks of May, which would explain the sudden and large difference in results compared with the first four months of 2018.

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LASRA outline new insights in chrome tanning

Germany
Published:  14 June, 2018

Dr Sujay Prabakar from the New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Centre (LASRA) introduced new insights in chrome tanning at the 7th Freiberg Leather Days on June 13.

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Dr Michael Meyer

FILK appoints new Research Director

Germany
Published:  13 June, 2018

Freiberg based FILK, the Research Institute for Leather and Plastic Sheeting, has appointed Dr Michael Meyer as its new Research Director.

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Lanxess welcomes ICLT leather students

Germany
Published:  13 June, 2018

The Leather business unit of specialty chemicals company Lanxess, welcomed a group of students from the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) of the University of Northampton, UK, to its headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany.

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Dr Thomas Schröer, VDL receives his VGCT Medal from Martin Heise, VGCT

VDL Director honoured by VGCT

Germany
Published:  13 June, 2018

Dr Thomas Schröer, Director of the German Leather Federation (VDL), has been awarded a with the annual Medal Award by the German Leather Technicians and Chemists Association (VCGT) at the 7th Freiberg Leather Days conference in Frieberg on June 13

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7th Freiberg Leather Days underway

Germany
Published:  13 June, 2018

The 7th edition of the leather technical conference, Frieberg Leather Days, began on June 13 in the small eastern German town of Frieberg in the region of Saxony. A record 250 delegates from 22 countries are attending the two-day event.

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Tunisian leather companies nearly halve in seven years

Tunisia
Published:  12 June, 2018

The number of Tunisian companies operating in the leather and footwear industries is reported to have nearly halved since the Arab Spring took place in 2011.

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JBS Couros outlines environmental benefits of local processing

Germany
Published:  12 June, 2018

Research conducted by Brazil based hide and leather processors, JBS Couros, part of JBS SA, has studied the environmental footprint of leather shipped globally as wet salted, crust or finished. Some of the results were recently presented at automotive leather conference in Stuttgart.

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Truck strike costs US$50 million to Brazilian footwear sector

Brazil
Published:  12 June, 2018

The ten-day truck strike that paralysed Brazil at the end of May has impacted both domestic footwear sales and exports.

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New leather footwear manufacturing hub in France

France
Published:  11 June, 2018

The new complex is to house up to six footwear and leather goods manufacturing workshops, as well as a factory retail outlet.

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CSIR waterless technology licensed to over 100 tanneries

India
Published:  11 June, 2018

India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is reported to have increased its earnings by +70% thanks to the licensing of patented technologies.

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Marfrig becomes world’s second largest meat processor

Brazil
Published:  11 June, 2018

Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods received the pending authorisations to acquire a 51% interest in U.S. based National Beef Packing Company on June 5.

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Acquisition of Auburn Leather completed

United States
Published:  08 June, 2018

The acquisition of the U.S. based leather laces specialist was completed by international tanning group, ISA TanTec, on June 1.

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Chinese Millennials to drive luxury growth in 2018

Worldwide
Published:  08 June, 2018

Global sales in the luxury segment, including shoes and handbags, are expected to rise 6-8% in 2018, after recording a 6% growth last year, representing a market of US$331 billion.

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Brazil’s Minerva Foods denies merger talks with BRF

Brazil
Published:  08 June, 2018

Some Brazilian media recently reported that meatpacker Minerva was seeking a capitalisation of around US$3 billion for proposed merger with food giant BRF.

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Kanpur tanneries ordered to contribute towards CETP costs

India
Published:  08 June, 2018

India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the tanneries around Kanpur to contribute 25% of the cost of setting up the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP).

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Egypt plans to set up new 50,000 sq m tannery

Egypt
Published:  07 June, 2018

Egypt’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) is to set-up a new 50,000 sq m tannery to supply leather for public services, equipped with eco-friendly technology developed by Spain’s Centre for Technology and Innovation, INESCOP.

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Gemini CAD System stand

Leather cutting at the Automotive Interiors show

Germany
Published:  07 June, 2018

Automated leather cutting and embossing equipment makers were among the exhibitors at the Automotive Interiors show in Stuttgart this week. The fair took place June 5-7 at the Stuttgart Messe.

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Leather included in Pakistan’s extended export package

Pakistan
Published:  07 June, 2018

Pakistan’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has approved the extension of the existing export package for another next three years, which now includes the leather sector.

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Two new tanneries join Brazil’s CSCB programme

Brazil
Published:  07 June, 2018

Two tanneries located in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS) have joined the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB) programme, which seeks to promote better environmental, economic, and social practices.

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Mark Chatwood, Stahl, speaking at the conference in Stuttgart

Stahl addresses Leather Profiling during Stuttgart conference

Germany
Published:  07 June, 2018

In response to much of the negative media and social media coverage aimed at the global automotive leather industry, Mark Chatwood, Global Director key Accounts, Leather Business, Stahl examined the industry’s perception against the reality during his presentation at the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Stuttgart on June 4.

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New car sales in Brazil increase by double-digits

Brazil
Published:  06 June, 2018

New car sales in Brazil recorded double-digit growth between January and May 2018, but the recent ten-day truck strike impacted the overall figures for the month of May.

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Argentina’s beef exports up +60% in first quarter

Argentina
Published:  06 June, 2018

Argentina has recorded the highest level of cattle slaughter, beef production and exports over the past three years.

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Christina Bercher, Project Manager, CSR Europe

Leather still considered ‘risk’ material by Drive Sustainability

Germany
Published:  05 June, 2018

CSR Europe, the Brussels based business network and facilitators of the Drive Sustainability initiative, still see leather as a risk material according to the draft findings of its latest report, some of which were presented at the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Stuttgart on June 4.

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Nigerian leather cluster delayed

Nigeria
Published:  05 June, 2018

The Abia State’s government blames the project’s main investor for the delays in constructing a new leather cluster, it is claimed.

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TFL’s wet-end specialist holds presentation at Freiberg Leather Days

Germany
Published:  04 June, 2018

Florian Döppert, Head of Wet-end Screening at specialty chemical manufacturers TFL, will present low-impact tanning technologies during the 7th edition of Freiberg Leather Days taking place June 13-16 in Freiberg, Germany.

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ECHA’s ten-year chemicals registration complete

Europe
Published:  04 June, 2018

As the ten-year registration period for existing chemicals reached its deadline on May 31, 2018, over 13,600 European companies are reported to have submitted information to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

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Satra issued with Notified Body in the EU

Ireland
Published:  04 June, 2018

UK headquartered independent research and technology centre, Satra, has been designated by the Irish government as a Notified Body for Regulation in the EU.

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Versace's Chain Reaction

Luxury sneakers as the fastest growing fashion segment

Worldwide
Published:  04 June, 2018

Versace, Gucci, Prada, Ferragamo and Balenciaga to name a few. Luxury labels are increasing marketing budgets in the sneaker segment and positioning themselves as the new rivals for sportswear brands such as Nike and Adidas.

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JBS Couros displays leather furniture at Showtime Market

United States
Published:  04 June, 2018

Brazil’s leading leather processor, JBS Couros, is exhibiting at Showtime Market, a U.S. furniture event taking place in High Point, South Carolina, June 3-6.

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Footwear giant to cut 15% of workforce in Argentina

Argentina
Published:  04 June, 2018

An increase in footwear imports coupled with lower domestic consumption are said to be the drivers behind the decision of the Brazilian footwear giant.

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Tannery relocation shambles hits leather exports

Bangladesh
Published:  01 June, 2018

Lower production output, European orders being cancelled and higher chemical prices are cited as factors impacting the country’s leather exports in the first ten months of the current fiscal year.

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Brazilian leather and footwear production hurt by truck strike

Brazil
Published:  01 June, 2018

After a challenging ten consecutive days of truck strike that blocked key national roads and led to a general shortage of fuel, Brazil is slowly returning to normal. Damages to the economy are being calculated but it is estimated that 32% of Brazilian footwear destined for exports have not left warehouses and around one million hides have not been produced.

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Cotance names new President

Europe
Published:  31 May, 2018

Andreas Kindermann, CEO of Austria based Wollsdorf Leather, has been elected as President of the European Confederation of the Leather Industry (Cotance).

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Natuzzi’s first quarter sales rise

Worldwide
Published:  31 May, 2018

The Italian luxury leather furniture manufacturer has reported first quarter 2018 net sales of €117.7 million, up +1.6% from €115.9 million a year ago.

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Shareholder of German seat specialist rejects Chinese bid

Germany
Published:  31 May, 2018

On May 29, the German supplier of components for passenger car interiors and seating systems announced it had concluded a comprehensive Business Combination Agreement with a major Chinese automotive Group, but a controlling shareholder has since declared the offer as insufficient.

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Professor Raffaele Secchi

Assomac discusses radical changes in international context

Italy
Published:  31 May, 2018

Reviewing the positive achievements in the past year, which saw an average growth of 10%, the annual meeting of the Italian Tanning Machinery Manufacturers Association (Assomac) also focussed on how to develop efficient organisational models and best manage production processes in an international context that is radically changing.

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Footwear production increasingly shifts from China to Vietnam

Vietnam
Published:  31 May, 2018

Lower labour costs and favourable tariffs are said to be leading global sportswear brands such as Nike and Adidas to intensify production in Vietnam.

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CLIA and ACLE celebrate milestone anniversaries

China
Published:  31 May, 2018

The China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), the only official body in Mainland China for the leather, footwear and leather goods manufacturing industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It is also the 20th year of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), of which the CLIA is a joint organiser.

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