SSIP joins ZDHC programme

Italy
Published:  17 August, 2018

Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Pelli e delle materie concianti (SSIP) has joined the ZDHC programme as a solution provider. Two India based chemical companies have also signed up. 

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Pasubio to build sewing plant in Serbia

Serbia
Published:  15 August, 2018

Italian automotive leather processor, Pasubio plans to expand the production capacity of its factory in Sabac, in northern Serbia, the local city government has said.

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Covert Chittagong tannery raided and closed down

Bangladesh
Published:  15 August, 2018

Acting on a tip-off, a team from the local Department of Environment conducted a raid at a tannery unit on August 12. An old tannery in Chittagong has been found to be defying a ban placed on it after it was discovered that it had been making leather covertly.

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Tanners lacking funds to buy Eid hides

Bangladesh
Published:  14 August, 2018

Tanners in Bangladesh are worried about the processing and preservation of rawhides amid an acute funding crisis, though they have set a target to procure about seven million pieces of rawhide during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha this year. 

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Japan’s cattle slaughter expected to decrease

Japan
Published:  13 August, 2018

Japan’s cattle slaughter is forecast to decrease slightly in 2018 and 2019 as the number of domestic cattle operations continues to decline. 

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China’s car imports gain momentum after tariff cuts

China
Published:  13 August, 2018

After recording a plunge of -87% in June ahead of tariff cuts, Chinese car imports have risen to a monthly record in July.

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British ethical leather brand reports higher profits

United Kingdom
Published:  10 August, 2018

Celtic & Co, specialised in ethically sourced fashion, offering a range of leather footwear, clothing and accessories, has reported more than a ten-fold increase in profit during the Company’s last financial year.

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Carmen Steffens footwear factory in Brazil

Brazil introduces standardised labelling for footwear

Brazil
Published:  09 August, 2018

The label, which seeks to reduce counterfeiting and promote fair competition, provides consumers with information such as material composition and country of origin.

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India raises leather export target

India
Published:  09 August, 2018

A detailed action plan aimed at boosting India’s leather exports has been laid out for the next seven years.

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South Korea to block FTA as U.S. imposes 25% duty on imported cars

United States
Published:  09 August, 2018

The only free-trade deal the U.S. President, Donald Trump, has so far succeeded to renegotiate could be in jeopardy as South Korea says the U.S. government’s plans to impose tariffs of up to 25% in imported cars could “fundamentally undermine” its benefits.

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Brazilian footwear exports drop 40% in July

Brazil
Published:  08 August, 2018

Brazilian footwear exports dropped -40% in volume in the month of July, representing the second worst performance of the year.

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Higher U.S. beef exports in H1

United States
Published:  08 August, 2018

Total U.S. beef export volumes increased +6% in the first half of 2018, with June exports accounting for 13.4% of total beef production, up from 12.8% a year ago. 

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Wet-blue buyers turning away from Tanzania

Tanzania
Published:  08 August, 2018

The country’s leather exporters have reported losses due to the 10% levy on the Free on Board (FoB) value of wet-blue imposed by the Government since fiscal 2015-16.

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Good performance for Toyota in Q1

Worldwide
Published:  08 August, 2018

The Japanese automaker has posted higher sales and operating income growth for the first quarter ending June 30,2018.

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China’s duty reduction impacts Jaguar Land Rover

Worldwide
Published:  07 August, 2018

The premium SUV manufacturer announced a pre-tax loss in the first quarter, partly due to the duty reduction in China as well as planned dealer stock reductions in the quarter. 

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Asia-Pacific drives new record sales for Mercedes Benz

Worldwide
Published:  07 August, 2018

The premium automotive manufacturer has reported sales in the first seven months of 2018 up +2.3% to 1,356,350 passenger cars, representing a new record for the period and with the month of July as the second-best July in the Company’s history.

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Cattle supply helps Tyson’s Q3 growth

United States
Published:  07 August, 2018

The U.S. based meat and hide processor has reported increased sales volume in the beef segment for the nine months and third quarter of fiscal 2018.

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South Africa experiences longest leather worker strike

South Africa
Published:  07 August, 2018

The national strikes in the leather and textile sectors have been running for the past month, representing the longest strike in these industries in almost two decades.

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Marfrig to certify beef for neutral carbon emissions

Brazil
Published:  06 August, 2018

The meat processor has partnered with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) to introduce the concepts of Carbon Neutral Beef (CNB) and Low Carbon Beef (LCB).

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Ford to reboot operations in Europe

Europe
Published:  06 August, 2018

The U.S. headquartered automaker has expressed its dissatisfaction with the brand’s performance in Europe and says it aims to redesign and re-centre its operations in the region.

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China’s tariff retaliation to hit U.S. hides and wet-blue exports

United States
Published:  06 August, 2018

The tariffs on the raw material could range from 5% to 25% if the U.S. goes ahead with its plans of levying tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

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Major German upholstered furniture manufacturer files for insolvency

Germany
Published:  06 August, 2018

Considered as the flagship of the upholstered furniture industry in Germany, the Company is reported to have filed for insolvency on July 13. Contracts with leather suppliers could be affected.

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Top health and safety scores for the Scottish Leather Group

United Kingdom
Published:  03 August, 2018

The UK’s largest leather manufacturer has been recognised with multiple gold standard awards from the UK Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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World footwear production up +2% in 2017

Worldwide
Published:  02 August, 2018

The global production of footwear reached 23.5 billion pairs in 2017, up +2% compared with the previous year.

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ID Factory awarded with Innovative Start-up prize

Italy
Published:  02 August, 2018

The B2B traceability Company was awarded the prize during the first edition of the MF Fashion Veneto Awards held in Venice on July 11.

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Ford Mondeo Vignale interior

Europe records best H1 new car sales

Europe
Published:  01 August, 2018

New car sales in Europe recorded their best half-year results ever, with 8.6 million deliveries between January and June, representing a +2.7% year-on-year increase.

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Bangladesh’s leather sector discusses its future

Bangladesh
Published:  01 August, 2018

A discussion titled ‘Bangladesh Leather Industry: How to move forward’ took place during the 4th edition of the Bangladesh Leather and Footwear Expo in Dhaka on July 27.

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Growth in exports for Pakistan’s leather sector

Pakistan
Published:  01 August, 2018

Pakistan’s leather sector is reported to have recorded growth in exports of garments, gloves and footwear for its fiscal year 2018.

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Brazilian beef exports up +13% in 2017

Brazil
Published:  31 July, 2018

Despite a challenging livestock scenario and a restructuring of its meat sector due to corruption scandals, Brazil’s meat exports increased +13% in 2017 compared with the previous year.

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U.S. cattle farmers react to Trump’s US$12 billion emergency aid

United States
Published:  31 July, 2018

Announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on July 24, the emergency relief package of up to US$12 billion is aimed at farmers hurt by the President Trump’s trade war.

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Tyson revises annual guidance under trade uncertainties

Worldwide
Published:  31 July, 2018

The Arkansas, U.S., based meat processor says uncertainty in trade policies and increased tariffs negatively impacting domestic and export prices have led the Company to revise its guidance for 2018.

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Spain’s footwear production decreases in volume

Spain
Published:  30 July, 2018

Spain’s footwear production maintained its value in 2017 but decreased in number of pairs produced compared with the previous year.

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OEKO-TEX Eco Passport certified Level 3 by ZDHC

Switzerland
Published:  30 July, 2018

OEKO-TEX has announced its Eco Passport certification has been recognised as a Level 3 ZDHC MRSL Conformance Indicator for the ZDHC Roadmap To Zero Programme.

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Louis Vuitton to open new production site in France

France
Published:  27 July, 2018

The luxury French label is to open its 17th workshop in 2020, located in France’s Centre-Val de Loire region.

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Record first-half results for Kering led by Gucci

Worldwide
Published:  27 July, 2018

France headquartered luxury conglomerate, Kering, has posted consolidated revenue in the first half of 2018 of €6,432 million, up +26.8% as reported and +33.9% on a comparable basis, with Gucci driving the record-high results.

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TFL expands production capacity of retanning range

France
Published:  27 July, 2018

The global leather chemical supplier is expanding its facility in Huningue, France, to meet the increasing demand from the automotive sector.

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Lear seating sales up +6% in Q2

Worldwide
Published:  27 July, 2018

The global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems has posted record sales of US$5.6 billion in the second quarter of 2018, up +9% year-on-year.

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Leather contributes to robust H1 results for LVMH

Worldwide
Published:  26 July, 2018

Consolidated revenue for the France headquartered luxury conglomerate for the six-month period ending June 30, 2018 reached €21,750 million, up +10% year-on-year.

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Lanxess unveils leather trends for Autumn/Winter 2019-20

Worldwide
Published:  25 July, 2018

The Germany headquartered specialty chemicals manufacturer’s sample collection also contains recipes and practical processing suggestions for tanners.

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Adient invests in new trim plant in South Africa

South Africa
Published:  25 July, 2018

The U.S. headquartered automotive parts and seating manufacturer is expanding its operations in South Africa.

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Blade manufacturer to develop market position in the Americas

United Kingdom
Published:  25 July, 2018

A UK based specialist blade manufacturer has set up a new “Americas Office”, and has announced a new appointment in sales and market development.

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South African ostrich processors to merge

South Africa
Published:  24 July, 2018

Klein Karoo International and Mosstrich, including South Cape Ostrich Tanning (SCOT), have agreed to merge.

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Hermès Leather Goods and Saddlery up +8% in first half

Worldwide
Published:  24 July, 2018

One of the world’s most exclusive fashion leather brands has posted a strong sales increase in the first half of 2018, with all business lines and geographical areas contributing to growth.

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Tanners discuss export issues with trade authorities

Pakistan
Published:  24 July, 2018

Product development, competitiveness and supply chain management were among the key topics discussed during a meeting with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) on July 17.

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TFL releases Spring/Summer 2020 trends catalogue

Worldwide
Published:  24 July, 2018

Germany headquartered chemical supplier TFL, has released its new Colour Trends Catalogue for the Spring/Summer 2020 season.

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Zimbabwe to revive cattle industry

Zimbabwe
Published:  23 July, 2018

Importing cattle breeds, improving genetics and safeguarding a major meat processor are part of the Government’s efforts to revive Zimbabwe’s leather supply chain.

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Call for Comesa countries to stop exporting raw materials

Africa
Published:  23 July, 2018

The region, which holds an estimated 11% of the world’s livestock, has been advised to halt exports of raw hides to take advantage of the opportunities in producing value-added leather.

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70 leather factories have closed in Argentina according to CIMA

Argentina
Published:  20 July, 2018

According to the President of the Argentina Chamber of Leather and Allied Manufacturers (CIMA), Ariel Aguilar a fall in domestic consumption, the increase of imports and the rise in business and interest rates have made many companies unviable and have caused the loss of more than 3,000 jobs and the closure of 70 leather factories in 2018.

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Problems arise in EU with new Turkish customs QR codes

EU/Turkey
Published:  20 July, 2018

The European Commission has been informed by Turkey about their new system developed for proof of origin or movement certificates to be issued and endorsed by the Turkish Customs Offices electronically.

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Volvo S60 interior

Volvo Cars reports record operating profits for Q2

Sweden
Published:  20 July, 2018

Volvo Cars reported on July 19 its highest ever quarterly operating profit of SEK4.2 billion (US$471 million) for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 28.6% compared with the same period last year, driven by a strong increase in global retail sales.

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