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LIA lab offers Leather Orientation course

The Leather Industries of America (LIA) Leather Research Laboratory (LRL) at the University of Cincinnati will be hosting a two-day Leather Orientation course October 8-9. They have also announced the acquisition of a new Agilent GC/MS analytical test equipment for leather testing.

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ILM website optimised for smartphones

ILM is the only leather industry specific trade media provider to invest and optimise its website for mobile use. Research shows that mobile devices are growing worldwide exponentially with a forecast of two billion smartphones and tablets in G20 countries by 2015. 

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IULTCS grant for Young Leather Scientists

In keeping with its founding purpose – to encourage technology, chemistry, and science of leather - the Executive Committee of the IULTCS has announced the funding of a leather research grant. The grant will be awarded to a suitable candidate under the age of 30, and for a leather research project to be conducted at a recognised institution in 2015. 

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Colomer Munmany acquire Zivana Skins

Colomer Munmany Europe Co Ltd has taken over Zivana Skins (UK) part of the Zivana Group. Colomer Munmany is part of Henan Prosper, one of the world’s leading tanneries, which supplies companies such as UGG and Burberry, as well as a number of other leading brands and Italian designer firms.

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Cromogenia outline two major investments

Spain based leather chemical maker, Cromogenia has announced two major new investments in Spain and Brazil. The investments include an expansion of syntan capacity and the opening of a new application laboratory.

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Southwest Airlines recycles leather seats

Southwest Airlines, America's largest budget carrier, found itself recently with 80,000 used leather aeroplane seat covers, when it decided to replace all its leather seat coverings with others made from a durable lightweight material.

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Tannery waste blamed animal feed contamination

Bangladesh State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda on July 14 vowed to catch all culprits who use toxic tannery waste in producing poultry and fish feed in the country.
“We will soon find out how much tannery waste is being used and which factories are using them. We will also study the effects of toxic waste in poultry feed,” he said.


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Environmental drivers for auto leather discussed in Shanghai

There is much discussion and debate in the leather industry about the environmental performance of leather and leather making. With lower energy electric and hybrid vehicles becoming more popular with consumers the leather industry must continue to improve its environmental performance to remain a premium material in automobiles.

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TFL present new lightweight filler at ACLE

It is important to keep an eye out for innovative and newly developed products and solutions - especially in times of high raw material prices and decreasing quality of the available hides and skins.

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Lineapelle Trendselection London

A small group of around a dozen tanneries and component makers from Italy exhibited leathers for the Winter 2015-16 season at a London hotel on July 15 forming part of the Lineapelle Trendselection.

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