Major Italian leather furniture manufacturer in financial crisis

Italy
Published:  19 October, 2018

One of Italy's leading furniture manufacturers based in Lentate Sul Seveso, Italian Province of Monza, is said to have filed a ‘pre-bankruptcy agreement’ in court on October 16.

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From the left: Batadavaa Sengedorj, Su Chaoying (CLIA), Chantsal Batsaikhan, Enkhjargal Zedbazar, Bilguun Ganzorig and Battushig Byambabayar.

Mongolian delegation visits China

China
Published:  19 October, 2018

A small delegation of tanners and an industry research association from Mongolia has visited footwear factories in China as guests of the CLIA and Unido.

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Kering aims to make progress on animal welfare issues

Worldwide
Published:  19 October, 2018

From animal welfare to company transparency and achieving 95% traceability of raw materials used by the end of 2018, the French luxury conglomerate’s sustainability plan also includes supporting and training suppliers in the leather value chain.

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Brazilian leather exports fail to pick up

Brazil
Published:  18 October, 2018

Brazilian exports of hides and skins were -22% lower in value in September compared with the same month in 2017.

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Turkish footwear sector on the verge of a collapse

Turkey
Published:  18 October, 2018

The number of companies in Turkey, including footwear manufacturers and chemical suppliers, applying for bankruptcy protection is reported to reach record levels as the Government tries to relieve the currency devaluation.

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Cambodia raises minimum wages for footwear and garment sectors

Cambodia
Published:  18 October, 2018

Effective from January 1, 2019 the Cambodian government announced a new minimum wage for the garment and footwear sectors on October 5.

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China a leading player in leather research

China
Published:  18 October, 2018

A high number of academics and students from around China are attending the 11th AICLST taking place in Xi’an October 17-19 underlining China as a leading nation when it comes to research in the leather industry.

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EU new car registrations plunge in September

Europe
Published:  17 October, 2018

After recording an exceptional increase in August ahead of the new WLTP test, registrations of new passenger cars in the European Union dropped -23.5% in September, with the Volkswagen Group recording the steepest decline (-48%), year-on-year, and only Volvo Cars and Jaguar scoring positive performances.”

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The 11th AICLST underway in Xi’an

China
Published:  17 October, 2018

Leading leather scientists, chemists and tanners from Asia have gathered for the 11th Asian International Conference of Leather Science and Technology in the historic Chinese city of Xi’an on October 17.

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Sustainable Leather Forum proposed for Paris

France
Published:  17 October, 2018

The Conseil National du Cuir (French Leather Council) is to organise a Sustainable Leather Forum for the leather supply chain in the Autumn of 2019.

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Bangladesh leather exports continue to decline

Bangladesh
Published:  17 October, 2018

Bangladesh’s leather sector has been recording consecutive monthly declines in leather exports since the last fiscal year, despite the country registering the highest international trade earnings since July 2012.

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India approves special leather and footwear budget

India
Published:  16 October, 2018

India’s Central Government is reported to have approved a special package aimed at boosting employment generation and upgrading its Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) in the leather and footwear sectors.

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Mexican footwear seeks less dependence on U.S. market

Mexico
Published:  16 October, 2018

Overly dependent on the U.S. market since the mid-1990s, Mexico’s footwear manufacturers are seeking to increase their export potential to the EU and Latin America as uncertainties remain over the new United States – Mexico -Canada agreement (USMCA).

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PrimeAsia sources wet-blue from audited animal welfare suppliers

United States
Published:  16 October, 2018

International tanning Group, PrimeAsia, says it is sourcing wet-blue hides from the Progressive Beef programme of U.S. meat processor Tyson.

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Shortage of skilled labour in Vietnam’s leather industry

Vietnam
Published:  15 October, 2018

As Vietnam’s garment and leather import-export turnover is expected to significantly increase as the Chinese yuan falls against the dollar, the country’s leather industry struggles to find suitable locations in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Rolls-Royce Motors to increase UK workforce

United Kingdom
Published:  15 October, 2018

The premium Germany headquartered automotive Group has posted a -0.8% decline in sales in the month of September due to new WLTP testing procedure; a better performance compared with some other rivals in the category such as Mercedes-Benz (-8.2%) and Audi (-22%), thanks to its electric models. In contrast, demand for luxury Rolls-Royce cars is said to remain strong worldwide.

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U.S. heritage leather goods brand to close in-house factory

United States
Published:  15 October, 2018

The Company, which has been crafting fine leather goods for over a century, is to close its in-house manufacturing facility and to outsource production.

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JBS Couros to increase production capacity for upholstery

Vietnam
Published:  15 October, 2018

The Brazil headquartered tanning group says it is doubling the physical infrastructure of its unit in Vietnam to focus on the U.S. market and expects output to be increased by +50%.

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WLTP affects Volkswagen’s deliveries in September

Worldwide
Published:  12 October, 2018

The Volkswagen brand delivered fewer vehicles worldwide in September, compared with the same month from the previous year.

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French leather exports continued to progress in H1

France
Published:  12 October, 2018

All leather segments combined, exports from France increased +8% in the first half of 2018.

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Fire at Kolkata tannery injures three workers

India
Published:  12 October, 2018

The fire broke out at a tannery situated in the Kolkata Leather Complex in the afternoon of October 10.

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Increased membership for the Leather Working Group

Worldwide
Published:  12 October, 2018

Over 110 delegates took part in the second annual full Member Meeting of the Leather Working Group (LWG), held in Milan on September 28.

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JBS expansion plans to target Chinese market

Brazil
Published:  11 October, 2018

The Brazilian meatpacker says its US$12 million expansion plan aims to double the production capacity of two processing units and to better serve the growing exports to China.

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French tanners target British leather buyers

United Kingdom
Published:  11 October, 2018

A group of 17 French tanneries will showcase their leather collections in Central London on October 30.

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Second UK tanner into administration in two weeks

United Kingdom
Published:  10 October, 2018

Emily Ball and John Lowe, at specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP, have been appointed Joint Administrators of J & E Sedgwick & Co Ltd on October 4, 2018. Sedgwick are a specialist saddlery and bridle, leather goods and heavy leather maker located in Walsall near Birmingham. 

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Cotance conference raises awareness of OiRA assessment tool

Belgium
Published:  10 October, 2018

ILM was invited to attend the final conference on “Due Diligence for Healthy Workplaces in Tanneries” held in Brussels on October 9, which presented the key findings from a survey aimed at understanding how health and safety practices are integrated into EU tanneries, and stressed the importance of the recently updated OiRA tannery risk assessment tool.

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Volvo maintains sales momentum in September

Worldwide
Published:  10 October, 2018

Unlike premium rivals Mercedes-Benz, JLR and Audi, Volvo Cars maintained a strong sales momentum in September, with global sales rising +12.9% in the month.

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Lexus launches limited edition of hand-crafted leather trainers

United Kingdom
Published:  10 October, 2018

Premium automotive brand, Lexus, has launched a unisex sports trainer made with perforated upholstery leather, which was inspired by the fine quality design and craftsmanship of the Lexus CT F Sport luxury hatchback.

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Lower global sales for Mercedes-Benz in September

Worldwide
Published:  10 October, 2018

The premium automotive manufacturer recorded a -8.2% decline in sales in September, with total deliveries in the third quarter also -8.2% lower, year-on-year.

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Cotance hosts final tannery healthy workplaces project conference

Belgium
Published:  09 October, 2018

Around 50 representatives from the leather supply chain and other international organisations are attending the final conference organised by Cotance on “Due Diligence for Healthy Workplaces in Tanneries”, which is taking place at its headquarters in Brussels on October 9.

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Tod’s acquires e-commerce platform Italiantouch

Italy
Published:  09 October, 2018

Through the acquisition, the high-end Italian leather shoes and accessories brand aims to take in-house the digital e-commerce platform of long-time partner, Italiantouch.

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Acid burn kills Savar tannery worker

Bangladesh
Published:  09 October, 2018

A tannery worker located in the tanning district of  Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, has died after receiving a burn injury at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital burns unit on October 8. Two other workers also suffered burns in the incident. 

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New owners for Italy’s furniture designer Calligaris

Italy
Published:  08 October, 2018

Pan-European private equity, Alpha, has acquired a controlling stake in high-end furniture manufacturer Calligaris.

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Hydrogen sulphide gas kills tannery worker in Kanpur

India
Published:  08 October, 2018

One tannery worker is reported dead and three others ill after inhaling poisonous gas at a tannery in Kanpur, northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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India raises duty on footwear imports

India
Published:  08 October, 2018

The Indian government has raised duties on imports of several “non-essential” items in a move aimed at halting the decline of the rupee and narrowing the trade imbalance.

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Obuv Rossii resumes franchising programme

Russia
Published:  05 October, 2018

Obuv Rossii Group, one of Russia’s largest footwear retailers, has resumed its franchising programme in the third quarter of 2018. The whole chain now comprises over 650 outlets.

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Brazilian footwear exports hit by Argentina’s economic crisis

Brazil
Published:  05 October, 2018

Brazilian footwear exports dropped -14% in volume and -26.2% in value in September compared with the same month in 2017.

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Diane von Furstenberg to stop using fur, angora and exotics

Worldwide
Published:  05 October, 2018

The New York based luxury label announced it will no longer use fur, angora or exotic skins in its collections.

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VF Corp to sell Reef brand to The Rockport Group

United States
Published:  05 October, 2018

Branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories Group, VF Corporation, has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Reef brand to The Rockport Group, based in Massachusetts, U.S..

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Brazilian automotive sector forecasts higher sales in 2018

Brazil
Published:  05 October, 2018

After registering growth in the first eight months of the year, new car sales in Brazil are forecast to be +12% higher this year compared with 2017.

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Wider range of topics at Global Footwear Executive Summit 2019

Hong Kong
Published:  04 October, 2018

The Global Footwear Retail Conference (GFRC), the Global Footwear Executive Summit (GFES), taking place in Hong Kong on March 12, 2019, will focus on developments affecting not only footwear retail but the whole footwear supply chain.

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Antibacterial leather and low impact tanning discussed at Veneto Congress

Italy
Published:  04 October, 2018

Around 300 delegates from the leather supply chain are expected to attend the 10th AICC Technical Congress (X Convegno Veneto) taking place on November 23 in Arzignano in Italy’s Chiampo Valley.

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Growing beef consumption in Egypt drives live cattle imports

Egypt
Published:  04 October, 2018

Calf production in Egypt is forecast to increase slightly in 2019, with cattle production and imports to be pushed by growing domestic beef consumption.

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Responsible Leather Round Table to meet in Kilkenny

Ireland
Published:  03 October, 2018

Multi-stakeholder initiative Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) and the Responsible Leather Round Table (RLRT) are collaborating to present on issues surrounding farming, food, and fashion during the Global Conference on Sustainable Beef to be held on October 9-12 in Kilkenny, Ireland.

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Nine leather related CETPs to be upgraded in Tamil Nadu

India
Published:  03 October, 2018

Nine of the thirteen Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu are to receive some support from the Central government to modernise the infrastructure.

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Indian tanners speak out against Kanpur tannery forced closures

India
Published:  03 October, 2018

Indian tanners have expressed their opposition to the planned shut-down of beamhouse and wet-end processing activities in the Kanpur and Unnao area, during the largest Hindu religious gathering (known as Kumbh Mela) to be held in Allahabad, on the Ganges river, between January and March 2019. 

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Solofra’s waste treatment plant to be upgraded

Italy
Published:  03 October, 2018

A tender has been published by the southern Italian region of Campania to improve the infrastructure of the waste treatment plant used by tanneries located in Solofra, a first step to solve the odour problems reported by the local population.

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Canada and U.S. agree on revised Nafta agreement

North America
Published:  02 October, 2018

Both countries have agreed on a “new, modernised trade agreement”, which is to replace the Nafta deal established in 1994.

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USHSLA and LIA look to merge

United States
Published:  02 October, 2018

The Board of Directors of both U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) and Leather Industries of America (LIA) jointly announced their intention to seek a merger of the two organisations by the end of 2019.

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Xeros rebrands to Qualus for its leather division

United Kingdom
Published:  01 October, 2018

Innovative polymer technology provider, Xeros has renamed the sustainable tanning technologies part of its business to Qualus. The newly launched brand took part in the Innovation Square at the recent Lineapelle fair held in Milan, September 25-27 showcasing some of the production leathers made using its XOrb polymer spheres.

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