Uruguay cattle slaughter comes to a halt

Uruguay
Published:  09 April, 2020

The Uruguayan units of meatpackers Marfrig Global Foods and Minerva stopped production for a few days in early April as workers walked out amid talks of wages and COVID-19 protection.

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VF Corp announces additional COVID-19 measures

United States
Published:  08 April, 2020

The footwear and apparel manufacturer, owner of the Timberland and Vans brands, said it is temporarily reducing executive salaries, while all global offices and retail stores are to remain closed until May 3, or until further notice.

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Clarks considers permanently closing stores

United Kingdom
Published:  07 April, 2020

The UK headquartered footwear manufacturer and retailer is reported to be considering the permanent closure of some of its stores and has called in bankers to advise on strategies.

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Capri says stores could remain closed until June

Worldwide
Published:  07 April, 2020

The owner of the Versace, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo fashion brands said it has taken further additional actions to preserve its cash flows and maintain its financial strength.

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Tyson workers tested positive for COVID-19

United States
Published:  07 April, 2020

The meat processor has suspended operations at its plant in Columbus Junction, U.S. state of Iowa, after several workers tested positive for COVID-19.

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Crocs withdraws first quarter and full year outlook

United States
Published:  06 April, 2020

The U.S. headquartered footwear manufacturer is withdrawing its first quarter and full year 2020 outlook provided on February 27 due to the continued global disruption and uncertainty related to COVID-19.

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U.S. could suspend duty on footwear for three months

United States
Published:  06 April, 2020

According to an article published on The Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration could soon be announcing a duty relief for some sectors that include footwear.

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Sergio Rossi passes away

Italy
Published:  06 April, 2020

The Italian designer died a few days after being admitted to a hospital in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy.

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Bio-based chemical use in the tannery

Worldwide
Published:  06 April, 2020

Tom Zhong, Chief Technical Director, Henan Prosper Group, the world’s largest wool-on lamb and sheepskin provider, is the second presenter in the upcoming free-to-attend ILM webinar ‘New generation bio-based technologies in leather making’, which will be broadcast on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 3pm CET (2pm UK). 

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Quarantine materially affecting Natuzzi’s reporting

Italy
Published:  03 April, 2020

The premium leather furniture manufacturer said it intends to rely on the relief provided by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Order in connection with the filing of its Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

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Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags to revise dates

Italy
Published:  03 April, 2020

The organisers of the Italian trade shows said they are currently revising the calendar and considering the possibility of bringing the winter edition forward to the latter part of 2020.

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ANPIC spring 2020 edition cancelled

Mexico
Published:  03 April, 2020

The Mexican Association of Suppliers for the Shoe Industry (Apimex) will not be holding the spring 2020 edition of ANPIC, initially scheduled to take place May 20-22 in Leon, Mexico.

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Volkswagen extends production suspension in Germany

Germany
Published:  03 April, 2020

The automotive Group said the decision is a result of the continued fall in demand for vehicles and the challenges still faced by the supply chain.

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ILM launches Covid-19 hub

Worldwide
Published:  03 April, 2020

In light of the ever evolving coronavirus situation and the impact it has on the leather industry, ILM has launched a dedicated ‘Covid-19 hub’ on its website, serving as a one-stop-destination for information and reports around the outbreak. 

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Double-digit drop in sales for Volvo Cars

Worldwide
Published:  03 April, 2020

The premium automotive manufacturer has attributed the sharp drop in sales in the first quarter of the year to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Yue Yuen’s revenue up 4.2% in 2019

Hong Kong
Published:  02 April, 2020

The Hong Kong headquartered footwear manufacturer has posted revenue of US$10.1 billion for 2019, up 4.1% from US$9.7 billion in the previous year. Most of the Group’s production facilities in China have now resumed operations.

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Hermès to maintain basic salaries

United Kingdom
Published:  02 April, 2020

The French luxury label said it will maintain the basic salary of its 15,500 employees worldwide, but will be reducing dividends to its shareholders.

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JBS posts record net income in 2019

Brazil
Published:  01 April, 2020

The Brazil headquartered meat packing giant said it has recorded the best year in its history, thanks to a combination of positive business performance in the U.S., the surge in Chinese demand and a substantial reduction in financial expenses.

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Salone del Mobile cancelled

Italy
Published:  01 April, 2020

The Board of the Salone del Mobile Milano has cancelled the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Burberry dedicates resources to fight COVID-19

United Kingdom
Published:  01 April, 2020

The British fashion house said it aims to help meet the most immediate medical and community needs, while supporting the development of a longer-term solution to the global pandemic.

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Tyson Foods to pay US$60 million in bonuses

United States
Published:  01 April, 2020

The U.S. meatpacker said it will pay approximately US$60 million in “thank you” bonuses to 116,000 frontline workers and lorry drivers in the U.S., who are supporting the company’s operations to provide food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Portuguese footwear manufacturers turn to mask production

Portugal
Published:  01 April, 2020

The voluntary movement is being coordinated by the Portuguese Footwear Technology Centre (CTCP), with support from the Portuguese Footwear Association (APPICAPS), and follows technical specifications released by Portugal’s Public Health Authority.

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Inspiramais 2021_II postponed

Brazil
Published:  01 April, 2020

The Brazilian fashion trends fair, initially scheduled to take place in the beginning of June in São Paulo, Brazil, has been postponed to August.

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Groupe Renault suspends operations across the globe

Worldwide
Published:  31 March, 2020

After Europe, the French automotive Group has suspended most of its operations in Turkey, Latin America and India. Meanwhile, operations have resumed in China.

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Rocky Brands continues to manufacture as usual

United States
Published:  31 March, 2020

The U.S. headquartered developer and manufacturer of outdoor, work, western and military footwear, announced it has been deemed as ‘essential business’ and will continue to ship products from its distribution centre located in the midwestern U.S. state of Ohio.

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Ferrari extends plant closure

Italy
Published:  30 March, 2020

The luxury sportscar manufacturer said its Maranello plant is now expected to resume operations on April 14.

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How the leather industry is transforming itself using biotechnology

Worldwide
Published:  30 March, 2020

Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability at chemical specialist Stahl, will host the first of two presentations in the upcoming free-to-attend ILM webinar ‘New generation bio-based technologies in leather making’, to be broadcast on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 3pm CET, (2pm UK).

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Faurecia resumes production in China

Worldwide
Published:  30 March, 2020

The French automotive seating and components manufacturer said production in China is operating at 70% capacity.

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Kia Motors names new Global President

South Korea
Published:  30 March, 2020

Ho-sung Song, Head of Global Operations Division, Kia Motors, becomes the company’s Global President.

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Freiberg Leather Days cancelled

Germany
Published:  27 March, 2020

Initially planned to be held June 18-19, 2020, the next edition of Freiberg Leather Days will now take plane June 9-10, 2021.

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New Zealand declares butcher shops as “non-essential”

New Zealand
Published:  27 March, 2020

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, said that not every food outlet in the country could remain open during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Tapestry extends stores closures in North America and Europe

Worldwide
Published:  27 March, 2020

The owner of the Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman brands said it has extended store closures in North America and Europe for an additional two weeks, until April 10.

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TFL France joins the fight against the coronavirus

France
Published:  26 March, 2020

Leather chemical manufacturer TFL Group has joined the battle against the coronavirus at its production operations in Huningue, France by switching some of its production to making alcohol solutions.

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Mulberry warns of COVID-19 impact

United Kingdom
Published:  26 March, 2020

Following the directives of the British government due to the coronavirus spread, the leather handbags manufacturer closed all its UK stores until further notice.

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Luxury manufacturing help during COVID-19 pandemic

Europe
Published:  26 March, 2020

Several luxury fashion brands have announced they will be using their machinery and manufacturing skills to produce protection masks.

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Aston Martin suspends manufacturing operations

United Kingdom
Published:  25 March, 2020

After Bentley, the iconic British luxury car manufacturer is the latest OEM to announce that it is temporarily halting production due to the COVID-19 spread.

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Assocalzaturifici offers juridical help to members

Italy
Published:  25 March, 2020

The Italian Footwear Manufacturers Association (Assocalzaturifici) said it remains operational and is offering help and support to members who are encountering commercial difficulties, including juridical assistance.

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APLF postponed again

Hong Kong
Published:  24 March, 2020

Already postponed from March 31 - April 2 to June 1-3, the organisers of Asian Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) said the fair will be postponed once again as the COVID-19 outbreak has become a global pandemic.

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Former Credit Suisse Chief to join Kering

France
Published:  24 March, 2020

French-Ivorian banker Tidjane Thiam is reported to be joining the Board of the French luxury conglomerate.

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New generation bio-based technologies in leather making

Worldwide
Published:  23 March, 2020

Two industry-leading experts will share new developments and first-hand experience in bio-based technology in the latest free-to-attend webinar, organised by ILM in association with theSauerReport and sponsored by global leather chemical specialist Stahl. 

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ILM podcast on “A more eco-friendly approach to leather-making”

Worldwide
Published:  23 March, 2020

The latest episode of the ILM podcast series “A more eco-friendly approach to leather-making” is now available free of charge to download and listen to here, as well as via Apple Podcast and Spotify.

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75% of U.S. companies facing supply chain disruption

United States
Published:  23 March, 2020

Nearly 75% of companies in the U.S. have reported supply chain disruptions in some capacity due to coronavirus-related transportation restrictions, with more than 80% believing they will experience some impact because of disruptions related to the COVID-19.

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Production closures at Bentley and Volvo Cars

Worldwide
Published:  23 March, 2020

Both automotive manufacturers are temporarily halting production in Europe and the U.S. due to the coronavirus spread. Meanwhile, Volvo Cars reopened its four manufacturing plants in China.

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Tier 1 suppliers gradually halting operations

Worldwide
Published:  23 March, 2020

After the announcement that some OEMs were temporarily suspending production due to the coronavirus, automotive seating and components suppliers such as Faurecia and Lear have also taken measures to halt some operations.

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Improved revenue for Prada in 2019

Worldwide
Published:  20 March, 2020

Net revenues for the Italian luxury label amounted to €3.22 billion for full 2019, up 3% at current exchange rates and flat at constant rates.

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Chanel stops production

Europe
Published:  20 March, 2020

Just like rival Hermès, which announced it was temporarily closing down its 42 production sites in France, the luxury French label has announced it is also stopping production due to the COVID-19 spread.

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Record sales for Lamborghini in 2019

Worldwide
Published:  20 March, 2020

The luxury sportscar manufacturer said it achieved the best results in the company’s history, with sales up 43% in 2019.

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Burberry badly impacted by collateral effects of COVID-19

Worldwide
Published:  19 March, 2020

The British fashion label said that, since January 24, trading has deteriorated significantly with comparable retail store sales tracking between -40% and -50% over the last six weeks.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to suspend production

United Kingdom
Published:  19 March, 2020

The British luxury car manufacturer has announced it is suspending production at the company’s Goodwood, UK, manufacturing plant.

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Kering closes stores in Europe and North America

Worldwide
Published:  19 March, 2020

The French luxury conglomerate is reported to have closed all its store in the U.S. and Canada due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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