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Lower sales for France’s biggest carmakers in 2019

Worldwide
Published:  17 January, 2020

Global sales for Groupe PSA in 2019 declined 10%, totalling 3.5 million units, while Groupe Renault delivered a total of 3.75 million cars in the year, down 3.4 %.

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Centre for Artisan Accessory and Leather Makers could open in London

United Kingdom
Published:  17 January, 2020

After having successfully completed the Stage One application, the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), with the support of Leather UK, has launched a survey to help prepare the Stage Two submission.

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9th Freiberg Leather Days call for papers

Germany
Published:  16 January, 2020

To be held June 18 – 19 in Freiberg, Germany, the co-organisers of the technical leather conference, VGCT and the FILK, call out for technical paper submissions.

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Lineapelle London to host over 40 exhibitors

United Kingdom
Published:  16 January, 2020

The forthcoming edition of Lineapelle London takes place January 21 at the Ham Yard Hotel, in the heart of London’s Soho.

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Lamborghini Urus

Lamborghini Urus SUV helps reach sales record

Worldwide
Published:  16 January, 2020

The luxury sportscar manufacturer said global sales increased 43% to 8,205 units in 2019, achieving sales growth for nine years in a row and set another historic sales record.

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U.S. Senate to vote on USMCA trade deal

United States
Published:  15 January, 2020

The U.S. Senate is to hold a vote on the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Leatherworld Paris September 2019 edition

Leatherworld Paris grouped under ‘The Fairyland for Fashion’

France
Published:  14 January, 2020

The upcoming edition of Leatherworld Paris takes place February 10 – 13 at Le Bourget Exhibition Centre, on the outskirts of Paris.

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Successful entries for LHCA Young Fashion Competition in China

United States
Published:  14 January, 2020

The ‘Real Leather. Stay Different.’ design competition organised by the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA), in partnership with the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), has attracted a great number of applications from fashion students in China.

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Porsche Panamera

Volkswagen Group sales remain strong in Europe

Worldwide
Published:  14 January, 2020

Volkswagen Group global deliveries increased 1.3% to 10,974,600 vehicles in 2019, with market shares expanded in all regions and strong growth recorded with electric vehicles.

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JBS opens new beef processing plant in Brazil

Brazil
Published:  13 January, 2020

The Brazilian meat processing giant has opened a new factory in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso for its Friboi business.

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Trade war costing U.S. farmers and consumers US$46 billion

United States
Published:  13 January, 2020

A new report released by U.S. campaign against tariffs, ‘Tariffs Hurt the Heartland’, has estimated that Americans have paid an additional US$46 billion since the U.S. – China trade war began in February 2018 through November 2019.

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Lanxess to host next leather seminar in January

Lanxess completes sale of chrome chemical business

Worldwide
Published:  13 January, 2020

The Germany headquartered specialty chemicals manufacturer, which is organising its fifth leather seminar on January 20 – 21, has announced the completion of the sale of its chrome chemicals business to a Chinese leather chemicals producer.

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Mercedes AMG

Mercedes-Benz posts highest annual sales volume

Worldwide
Published:  13 January, 2020

The German premium car manufacturer said it has achieved the highest annual sales volume in the company’s history, delivering a total of 2,339,562 units in 2019, up 1.3%.

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Inspiramais June 2019 edition

16 tanneries to showcase at Inspiramais

Brazil
Published:  10 January, 2020

To be held in São Paulo, Brazil on January 14 -15, the Brazilian fashion and design event will host 16 tanneries.

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Genesco closes acquisition of footwear licensee Togast

United States
Published:  10 January, 2020

The U.S. retailer of branded footwear and accessories announced on January 2 that is has completed the acquisition of Togast, specialised in the design, sourcing and sale of licensed footwear.

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Higher earnings for Cargill in second quarter

Worldwide
Published:  10 January, 2020

Adjusted operating earnings for the second quarter of the company’s fiscal year 2020, ended November 30, 2019, increased in two of Cargill’s four business segments, including Animal Nutrition and Protein.

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OnePlus Concept One

OnePlus concept phone features McLaren design and leather

United States
Published:  09 January, 2020

The Shenzhen, China, headquartered mobile technology company, unveiled its first-ever concept phone, the OnePlus Concept One, at CES 2020, taking place in Las Vegas, U.S., January 7 – 10.

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BMW i3 Urban Suite features olive leather

United States
Published:  08 January, 2020

Exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, taking place in Las Vegas, U.S., on January 7-10, one of the highlights showcased by the BMW Group is the completely transformed BMW i3 Urban Suite.

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Continental GT

Bentley's annual sales up 5%

Worldwide
Published:  08 January, 2020

Bentley Motors delivered 11,006 units worldwide in 2019, with strong performance in the UK, Europe and the Americas.

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce posts record results for 2019

Worldwide
Published:  08 January, 2020

Owned by the BMW automotive Group, the luxury car manufacturer delivered 25% more cars in 2019 compared with the previous year.

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France warns the U.S. of EU retaliation over trade taxes

France
Published:  07 January, 2020

Bruno Le Maire, France’s Finance Minister, has warned the U.S. administration of a possible EU retaliation if the latter goes ahead with “disproportionate” trade tariffs.

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ILM launches leather industry Podcast series

Worldwide
Published:  07 January, 2020

International Leather Maker (ILM), the leading news and business information service for the leather industry, has launched a new Podcast series, available to listen to and download for free. Click here to listen to recent episodes or go to Apple Podcast or Spotify. There are also direct links to the ILM Podcast channel from the ILM website.

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LHCA industry association launched

United States
Published:  07 January, 2020

Officially launched on January 1, the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) brings together the Leather Industries of America (LIA) and the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA).

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BMW under investigation over U.S. sales reporting

United States
Published:  06 January, 2020

The German premium automotive manufacturer is said to be undergoing an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its sales reporting practices.

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Chevrolet Equinox

Lower U.S. car sales volume but higher consumer spending

United States
Published:  06 January, 2020

Overall U.S. automotive sales are expected to have declined about 1% in 2019 compared with the previous year, but consumers are said to have spent a record amount on new cars.

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Emanuel Ungaro passes away

France
Published:  03 January, 2020

The designer was one of the key names in French Haute Couture.

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Paul Pearson

ICT General Secretary to retire

Worldwide
Published:  03 January, 2020

Paul Pearson, who has acted as Secretary to the International Council of Tanners (ICT) since January 1998, has announced his retirement.

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Carlos Tavares, Groupe PSA, and Mike Manley, FCA, at signing ceremony

Groupe PSA and FCA seal merger

Worldwide
Published:  19 December, 2019

The automotive manufacturing groups announced they agree to merge, with the new entity to have the “leadership, resources and scale to be at the forefront of a new era of sustainable mobility”.

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Mehdi Benabadji

Kering apppoints new CEO for Brioni

Italy
Published:  19 December, 2019

French luxury conglomerate Kering has announced the appointment of Mehdi Benabadji as CEO of Italian menswear couture house Brioni, with effect from January 1, 2020.

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Capri Holdings to acquire Tuscan shoemaker

Italy
Published:  17 December, 2019

Capri Holdings, owner of fashion brands Jimmy Choo, Versace and Michael Kors, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Italian atelier and shoe manufacturer Alberto Gozzi, located in Pistoia, Italian region of Tuscany.

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Leather Naturally’s Metcha campaign on target

Worldwide
Published:  17 December, 2019

The Leather Naturally initiative said its global ‘Matcha’ campaign, which focusses on the education and promotion of leather, has reached important goals since its launch in July.

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The Pipestone facility acquired by J&B in 2007

JBS to acquire U.S. meat processing facility

United States
Published:  16 December, 2019

JBS USA has signed an agreement with family-owned J&B Group to lease the latter’s value-added meat processing plant located in Pipestone, U.S. state of Minnesota, with the intent of later acquiring the facility.

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Signing ceremony in Kazakhstan

Tyson to open new facility in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan
Published:  16 December, 2019

Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of U.S. headquartered Tyson Foods, signed an agreement with the Republic of Kazakhstan and private holding company Kusto Group to collaborate on a project which could lead to the construction of a modern beef processing plant in Kazakhstan.

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U.S. and China reach agreement in “Phase one”

China/United States
Published:  16 December, 2019

The U.S. is reported to have agreed to remove some tariffs, while China is to increase purchases of U.S. farm goods.

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Haircalf Nicola bags by Kate Spade

Kate Spade CEO steps down

United States
Published:  13 December, 2019

Anna Bakst, CEO and Brand President of the leather accessories label, will be departing the Company at the end of the calendar year. 

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Zara's soft leather tote bag

Zara launches leather bag customisation service

Worldwide
Published:  12 December, 2019

Owned by Spain headquartered Inditex, whose net sales climbed 7.5% to €19.8 billion for the nine months ended October 31, the global apparel retailer has launched Edited X Zara for bags.

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Cotance website completely revamped

Europe
Published:  12 December, 2019

The official website of the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (Cotance) has been totally revamped, 20 years after its launch.

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Aston Martin opens new UK plant and partners with Airbus

Worldwide
Published:  10 December, 2019

The luxury sportscar maker said its new partnership with Airbus Corporate Helicopters brings together automotive and aeronautical design teams.

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Mulberry’s first sustainable leather handbag sells out

United Kingdom
Published:  10 December, 2019

The British heritage brand’s first 100% sustainable leather handbag, launched on December 6, has proven so popular with consumers that it sold out in most colourways within three days of its launch.

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CICB promotes leather as a solution

Brazil
Published:  09 December, 2019

The Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) has released a short animation video to explain the origins of leather.

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VF Corp announces new sustainable materials vision

Worldwide
Published:  06 December, 2019

The U.S. headquartered footwear and lifestyle products manufacturer said it commits that, by 2030, 100% of its top nine materials, including leather, which account for approximately 90% of its materials-related carbon emissions, will originate from regenerative, responsibly sourced renewable, or recycled sources.

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No timeline for U.S. – China trade agreement

United States
Published:  05 December, 2019

On the side lines of the NATO summit in London, the U.S. President said he has “no deadline” for reaching a trade deal with China.

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Volvo S60

Volvo cars sales up 11.6% in November

Worldwide
Published:  05 December, 2019

The premium SUV manufacturer sold 62,550 units in November, an 11.6% increase year-on-year.

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Fimec prepares for 44th edition

Brazil
Published:  04 December, 2019

Aimed at the leather-footwear sector, the 44th edition of Fimec (International Fair of Leather, Chemical Products, Components, Machinery and Equipment for Footwear Manufacturers and Tanneries), takes place March 10-12, 2020 in Novo Hamburgo, Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

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Webinar: Raw materials market trends and the role of the modern hide trader

Worldwide
Published:  04 December, 2019

Ian Banks, Editor of raw materials online pricing and analysis platform theSauerReport, is the final presenter in the upcoming free-to-attend webinar “Raw materials traceability, standards and market trends for leathermaking”, to be broadcast December 11, 2019 at 2pm UK time, 3pm CET.

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U.S. threatens 100% tariffs on French handbags

France/United States
Published:  04 December, 2019

The U.S. government is considering overtaxing French products, such as leather handbags, up to 100%. The decision comes after France announced the ‘Gafa tax’ on digital companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

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Mercedes-Benz V-Class

Daimler to cut 10,000 jobs worldwide

Worldwide
Published:  02 December, 2019

The German automotive Group, owner of Mercedes-Benz, is to cut thousands of jobs worldwide as it invests heavily in electric cars.

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Bids line up for acquisition of Golden Goose

Worldwide
Published:  29 November, 2019

VF Corp and Permira are reported to be among the bidders to acquire Italian premium sneaker brand, Golden Goose.

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Cotance reacts to Vogue Business article

Europe
Published:  29 November, 2019

In response to an article published on b2b platform Vogue Business, titled “Fashion’s biodiversity problem”, the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (Cotance) has addressed a letter to the editorial management, disputing misleading information about the leather sector.

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Industry bodies react to Vogue Business article linking leather and deforestation

Worldwide
Published:  28 November, 2019

An article published on b2b platform Vogue Business, which links leather to deforestation in the Amazon and large scale loss of biodiversity, has provoked a unanimous response from industry bodies such as Leather UK and Leather Naturally, rejecting the claims as misleading and false. 

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