Morocco invests US$18 million in the tanning sector

Morocco
Published:  19 July, 2019

The investment includes the upgrading of some tanneries, the setting up of a raw hide market, as well as the construction of a technical centre and a new tannery.

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Calcutta Leather Complex to create half a million jobs

India
Published:  19 July, 2019

Local reports say that 187 plots have already been allocated to tanneries at the Calcutta Leather Complex (CLC), which is expected to create an estimated 500,000 job opportunities.

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Orietta Pelizzari, Consultant for Lineapelle

Versatility and longevity of leather expressed at New York congress

United States
Published:  18 July, 2019

A number of descriptive words relating to leather were repeatedly used during the 4th World Leather Congress (WLC) in New York on July 16. They aimed at showing the various qualities of the material in front of stylists, designers, students and buyers attending the one-day event. The WLC took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.

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Lineapelle New York

Winter trends at a sultry Lineapelle New York

Published:  18 July, 2019

As the outside summer temperature rose to the 40oC mark, tanners showed off their cool Autumn/Winter 2020-21 leather collections during the latest edition of Lineapelle New York, which took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan July 17-18.

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EU new car registrations down 7.8% in June

Europe
Published:  18 July, 2019

New car registrations in the European Union dropped 7.8% to 1,446,183 units, mainly attributed to a negative calendar effect.

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Professor Frank Mitloehner.

Mitloehner explains the real impact of livestock on the environment

United States
Published:  17 July, 2019

Professor Frank Mitloehner from the University of California used the platform of the 4th World Leather Congress (WLC) in New York on July 16 to outline his research into the true impact of livestock farming on the environment.

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Burberry sets new environmental targets on raw material sourcing

Worldwide
Published:  17 July, 2019

The British fashion brand has set two new, ambitious climate goals that build on the environmental targets already included in its Responsibility Strategy to 2022.

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The Orla bag with wooden handles

New Zealand designer upscales leather into bags

New Zealand
Published:  17 July, 2019

The end-of-line leathers, often covered in dust, get a new life by being hand-cut and transformed into limited lines of handbags and accessories.

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Steve Lange, LIA Laboratory, addresses the 4th WLC.

New York hosts 4th World Leather Congress

United States
Published:  16 July, 2019

The 4th World Leather Congress is taking place at the Metropolitan Pavillion in Manhattan, New York, on July 16 under the theme of “Leather in everyday life”, with over 200 delegates attending the one-day event.

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New Chairman for India’s Leather Sector Skill Council

India
Published:  16 July, 2019

P R Aqeel Ahmed has been appointed as Chairman of non-profit organisation Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC).

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Kanpur tanners question reopening of tanneries

India
Published:  16 July, 2019

Some tannery owners remain sceptical about the decision of the Uttar Pradesh’s administration to reopen the tanneries and claim this could be another of the many unfulfilled promises made since their closures in December 2018.

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LWG hosts first training workshop at Tapestry in New York

United States / China
Published:  15 July, 2019

The Leather Working Group (LWG) conducted its first Training Workshop at the headquarters of global brand Tapestry in Manhattan, New York on July 15.

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ECHA to work on persistent organic pollutants

Europe
Published:  15 July, 2019

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is to start working on scientific, technical and administrative tasks to identify and regulate persistent organic pollutants (POPs) which, due to their intrinsic properties, can be transported across long distances, far from the locations where they have been produced or used.

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Sharp drop for Brazilian leather exports in June

Brazil
Published:  15 July, 2019

Brazilian exports of hides and skins declined 34.8% in value in June, year-on-year, and were down 23.3% in terms of area shipped.

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Guangdong Tannery announces decrease in net loss

Hong Kong
Published:  15 July, 2019

The consolidated net loss of the Hong Kong based tanning Group is expected to decrease by over 50% for the six months ended June 30, 2019, compared with the net loss of HK$48.02 million (US$6.13 million) a year earlier.

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New Zealand tannery to phase out part of its production

New Zealand
Published:  12 July, 2019

Changes in demand from luxury brands and the side effects of the U.S. - China trade war are leading the tannery to stop part of its leather production.

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Ostrich leather suppliers in tribunal hearing

South Africa
Published:  12 July, 2019

A hearing has taken place in early July regarding the proposed merger between South Africa’s Mosstrich Group and Klein Karoo International (KKI).

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21st edition of Shoes & Leather Vietnam underway

Vietnam
Published:  11 July, 2019

Taking place July 10-12 in Ho Chi Minh City, this edition incorporates the International Footwear & Leather Products Exhibition (IFLE) and the International Exhibition on Sewing Machinery (Sew Tech).

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Chanel adds a fourth tannery to its portfolio

Italy
Published:  11 July, 2019

The iconic French luxury brand has acquired a printed leather specialist located in Tuscany. This is Chanel’s first tannery acquisition in Italy.

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Cotance and industriAll review progress of Social & Environmental project

Europe
Published:  10 July, 2019

The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (Cotance) and industriAll-Europe Trade Union have reviewed progress of their joint project on Social & Environmental Reporting.

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Brazilian tanneries head to the U.S. and Vietnam

United States/Vietnam
Published:  10 July, 2019

Four Brazilian tanneries are exhibiting at the 21st edition of Shoes and Leather Vietnam, and another six will be heading to Lineapelle New York.

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Tannery workers in Bangladesh demand better working conditions

Bangladesh
Published:  10 July, 2019

The establishment of worker residences, medical facilities, educational institutes, rest houses, public toilets and canteens in the Savar Tannery Zone are among the demands put forward by tannery employees.

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Kanpur tanneries to reopen with restrictions

India
Published:  09 July, 2019

Kanpur’s tanning sector has praised the Government’s decision to allow the units to reopen but have highlighted the urgent need for the new Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), planned for the Jajmau cluster, to be constructed.

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India to cut duty on raw hide and wet-blue exports

India
Published:  09 July, 2019

For its Union Budget 2019, India’s Parliament has proposed to cut the export tax on raw hides from 60% to 40%.

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Gabriella Bocca, Assomac President, celebrating Lamebo's 50th anniversary

ASSOMAC meeting focusses on sustainability and Industry 4.0

Italy
Published:  09 July, 2019

Held on June 28, the Assembly of the Italian Tanning Machinery Manufacturers Association (Assomac) discussed three topics of global importance; sustainability, industry 4.0 and professional training.

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Sharp fall in Brazilian footwear exports in June

Brazil
Published:  09 July, 2019

Footwear exports from Brazil decreased 25.8% in volume and 24.5% in value in June, compared with the same month in 2018.

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Wolverine Worldwide speaks out against tannery pollution accusations

United States
Published:  09 July, 2019

Wolverine Worldwide has responded and defended its position following an article published by MLive/The Grand Rapids Press, which accuses the U.S. based footwear manufacturer of having done little so far to remedy the ground water pollution caused by the Group’s former tannery located in Rockford, U.S. state of Michigan.

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Vietnam leather and footwear maintains competitive advantage

Vietnam
Published:  08 July, 2019

The U.S. – China trade war and the recently signed Vietnam-EU Trade Agreement (EVFTA) are allowing the Vietnamese leather and footwear sectors to maintain a competitive advantage in traditional markets. 

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Robert Njoka, Chairman, Tanners Association of Kenya

Kenyan tanners demand 10% export tax to be scrapped

Kenya
Published:  08 July, 2019

Representatives from Kenya’s tanning sector have asked the Government to remove the 10% export tax on tanned (wet-blue) leathers and crust.

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Savar’s dysfunctional CETP blamed for decline in leather exports

Bangladesh
Published:  08 July, 2019

Bangladesh’s leather sector ended fiscal year 2018-19 with a 6.06% decline in export earnings.

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Third edition of Leatherworld Paris to expand leather offer

France
Published:  05 July, 2019

Organised by Messe Frankurt, the third edition of Leatherworld Paris takes place September 16-19 at the Le Bourget exhibition grounds.

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Mongolian tanners receive health and safety training

Mongolia
Published:  05 July, 2019

Around 40 tannery managers recently participated in a comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) training jointly organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Government of Mongolia.

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Chemical import duties affecting Bangladesh’s leather sector

Bangladesh
Published:  03 July, 2019

Bangladesh’s leather and leather product exports declined 5.53%, year-on-year, in the July-May period of fiscal year 2018-19.

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TFL expands syntan capacity in France

France
Published:  04 July, 2019

Global leather chemical maker, TFL has expanded its syntans production capacity on its site in Huningue, France by 35%. The upgrade project, announced in July 2018, has been completed safely, on time and during normal operations of the plant. 

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Better performance for Brazilian hide exports in May

Brazil
Published:  03 July, 2019

In terms of area exported, shipments increased 31.4% in May compared with the same month in 2018. 

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Kenyan hide traders ask for revision on export tax calculation

Kenya
Published:  03 July, 2019

The hide traders claim that changes to the current tax regime would foster the creation of more tanneries, allow competition, better quality leather and market expansion.

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European footwear praises EU-Mercosur agreement

Europe
Published:  02 July, 2019

Encompassing a combined population of 780 million and more than a trillion euros of combined trade and services, the recently signed free trade agreement is expected to create various opportunities for EU footwear companies.

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Biobased chemicals highlighted during IULTCS Congress

Germany
Published:  02 July, 2019

The XXXV edition of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS) International Congress featured various presentations highlighting the latest trends towards new generation biobased leather chemicals. 

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High U.S. cattle for slaughter inventory

United States
Published:  01 July, 2019

Cattle and calves on feed for the U.S. slaughter market for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totalled 11.7 million head on June 1, 2019, up 2% year-on-year.

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EU beef producers see EU-Mercosur trade agreement as a threat

Europe/South America
Published:  01 July, 2019

After 20 years of negotiations, the Mercosur economic bloc and the European Union reached an agreement for a trade deal which concerns a market of about 800 million people. The EU represents Mercosur's biggest trade and investment partner and its second largest for trade in goods.

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Manuel Bruder from Expert Systemtechnik

XXXV IULTCS focus on tannery automation

Germany
Published:  01 July, 2019

The XXXV edition of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies’ (IULTCS) International Congress featured a focus on engineering and tannery automation.

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Volkswagen's Zwickau plant in Germany

EU new car sales forecast at -1% for 2019

Europe
Published:  28 June, 2019

The forecast for new car sales in the EU has been revised to just above 15 million units at the end of 2019, down -1%.

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State Minister recommends the reopening of Kanpur tanneries

India
Published:  28 June, 2019

The Uttar Pradesh state government is said to have released a budget for inspection of tannery waste released into the Ganges river, as well as the approval for the construction of a new Central Treatment Effluent Plant (CETP).

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Major Brazilian footwear Group files for insolvency

Brazil
Published:  28 June, 2019

The footwear manufacturing and retailing Group, which is also licensed to manufacture for the Adidas brand, has a debt of R$638.5 million (US$167.15 million) and filed a lawsuit for business recovery on June 24.

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JBS Couros opens new showroom in Vietnam

Vietnam
Published:  27 June, 2019

After doubling the physical infrastructure of its Vietnam unit to increase output, JBS Couros is launching a new showroom where customers can see and touch finished furniture items.

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Siro Badon and Annarita Pilotti from Assocalzaturifici

UNIC and Assocalzaturifici at first Confindustria Moda meeting

Italy
Published:  27 June, 2019

Both Associations held their General Assembly during the first meeting of Confidustria Moda, held at the Bocconi University in Milan on June 26. During the meeting, Siro Badon of Calzaturificio De Robert officially succeeded Annarita Pilotti as President of Assocalzaturifici.

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Leather Days joins IULTCS Congress

Germany
Published:  27 June, 2019

The XXXV IULTCS International Congress entered its third day and was joined by an additional 70 delegates as the 8th Freiberg Leather Days joined the congress on June 27.

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Heidemann lecture focusses on collagen stability

Germany
Published:  27 June, 2019

Dr Kheng-Lim Goh, Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering & Director of Research, Newcastle University, Singapore was the keynote speaker of the Heidemann Lecture at the XXXV IULTCS Congress in Dresden on June 26.

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Bottega Veneta to expand production site in Italy

Italy
Published:  26 June, 2019

The Kering owned luxury fashion label is expanding its Manifattura Veneta Pelletterie located in the Italian region of Veneto, where 50% of Bottega Veneta’s leather goods have been produced since 2011.

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Sales growth of small SUVs leads to European car market recovery

Europe
Published:  26 June, 2019

The European car market remained stable in May 2019 for the second month in a row, driven by strong demand for small and compact SUVs, signifying an end to the market’s extended period of decline between September 2018 and March 2019.

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