The survey results certainly highlight the precarious position the pandemic restrictions have put the leather industry in, with just 18% of tanners having seen good sales and turnover in the last year and 29% revealing they had poor sales and turnover. Although the industry is poised to move forward as restrictions ease, it is now evident that the fallout is significant.

In the survey, tanners also showed us their approaches in 2021 to Corporate Social Responsibility, and how, if at all, they are adapting to a more digital-focused world. Key insights include areas where tanners will be investing in the coming year, and what they expect to see from customers and the wider industry.

The full results are available to view online via an ILM subscription. To find out more about how to subscribe to ILM, click here or email Emma Bonell at for more information about how to access the survey results. Advertisers of ILM also have complimentary access to the results. If you have a subscription and need a reminder of your login details, please contact us.

The ILM Tanner Business Confidence survey is now in its eighth year and is the only truly global and neutral annual survey of the tanning sector. ILM is most grateful to those tanners who responded, and a copy of the survey results will be sent to those that took part via the September/October print/digital edition of ILM magazine.