Four cow vigilantes arrested for murder

India
Published:  22 May, 2018

Four people have been sent to judicial custody for, allegedly, killing a 45-year-old in central India over an incident related to cow slaughter.

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Global footwear sector signs declaration for free and fair trade

Portugal
Published:  22 May, 2018

Representatives from various national footwear associations together with industry chambers from five continents signed a joint declaration in support of free and fair trade during the third International Footwear Forum held in Porto, Portugal, on May 16.

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VW Group records strong Q1 sales

Worldwide
Published:  22 May, 2018

Deliveries by the global automotive Group were +10.2% higher in April, year-on-year, totalling 927,200 units, with a strong sales increase recorded in Europe for the first quarter.

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Aston Martin’s pre-tax profit halves in Q1

Worldwide
Published:  22 May, 2018

The UK based luxury sportscar maker has reported a rise in Ebitda of +3% to £43.7 million (US$58.84 million) in the first quarter of 2018, but pre-tax profit was almost halved due to currency fluctuations and planned investment spending.

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Ministry rejects tanners’ tax holiday appeal

Bangladesh
Published:  21 May, 2018

In April, the Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) had asked the country’s revenue authorities to declare tax holiday for next seven to ten years for the tanning sector, as well as an import tariff exemption on 31 different chemicals for leather.

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Dr Martens appoints new CEO

United Kingdom
Published:  21 May, 2018

The iconic British footwear brand has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer.

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Leather goods chain to close 58 stores

United Kingdom
Published:  21 May, 2018

Experiencing financial difficulties in recent months, the UK based chain of luggage and handbag shops went into liquidation on May 1.

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Lower footwear manufacturing revenue for Yue Yuen

Hong Kong
Published:  21 May, 2018

The Hong Kong headquartered Taiwanese owned footwear group announced a -23.3% decline in earnings to US$95.4 million in the first quarter ending March 31, 2018.

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Atlantic Stars premium footwear brand under new ownership

Italy
Published:  21 May, 2018

Alcedo SGR, through the Alcedo IV Fund, has acquired a 60% stake in premium Italian sneaker brand, Atlantic Stars. The brand’s founders are to control the remaining 40% and maintain their roles in the Company.

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Indian leather exports decline in April

India
Published:  21 May, 2018

While India’s overall merchandise exports registered a +5.2% growth in April, that of the leather and leather goods sector has declined.

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Canadian cattle herd remains stable

Canada
Published:  18 May, 2018

Despite the lack of growth in the Canadian cattle herd over the past few years, Canadian cattle slaughter is reported to be +7% higher than in 2017, and +13.75% above 2016.

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Chinese mission to inspect 84 slaughterhouses in Brazil

Brazil
Published:  18 May, 2018

Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that a technical mission from China, including veterinary experts, is to inspect 84 slaughterhouses in the country before authorising beef imports.

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Reduced losses for Marfrig

Brazil
Published:  18 May, 2018

The Brazil based beef processor has succeeded in reducing its loss in the first quarter of 2018 thanks to better operating results and favourable exchange rates.

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All Kanpur tanneries instructed to close for three months

India
Published:  17 May, 2018

The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has said that the tannery closures are necessary to ensure clean water availability during the upcoming Kumbh Mela religious festival.

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Brazilian finished leather exports dip

Brazil
Published:  17 May, 2018

Brazilian hide and skin exports totalled US$137 million in April, a -15.12% decline against the same month in 2017 but representing a higher volume in total shipments.

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Rockport footwear Group files for Chapter 11

United States
Published:  17 May, 2018

U.S. based footwear Group, Rockport, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in view of its acquisition by CCB Marathon Opco, an affiliate of Charlesbank Equity Fund IX.

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Brazilian footwear export recovery in April

Brazil
Published:  16 May, 2018

After recording three consecutive months of decline, Brazil’s footwear exports increased in April, totalling 9.87 million pairs (+18.4%) and driven by demand from Italy, the U.S. and Colombia.

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Italian footwear exports up +3.4% in 2017

Italy
Published:  15 May, 2018

After posting a +2.6% rise in footwear exports in 2016, the Italian footwear sector recorded a +3.4% increase in 2017, with figures for the last quarter of the year particularly strong (+6.6%).

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Improved operational results for Minerva Foods in Q1

Brazil
Published:  15 May, 2018

Net revenue for the Brazilian meatpacker increased +64.9%, year-on-year, in the first quarter of 2018 but Minerva’s shares fell -6.62% on May 10 upon the announcement of a net loss of R$114.5 million (US$31.59 million).

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Toyota improves profits on lower sales

Worldwide
Published:  14 May, 2018

The Japan headquartered car manufacturer has reported a +21% increase in profit in the last quarter of fiscal 2018, despite a slight decrease in sales of 6,466 units year-on-year.

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USHSLA responds to inaccurate article on leather

United States
Published:  14 May, 2018

Stephen Sothmann, President, U.S. Hide, Skin, and Leather Association (USHSLA) has responded to an online article titled “Is Your Furniture Cruel to Animals? That Leather Couch is the Least of It” for inaccurate and false claims about leather.

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Burberry acquires leather goods business

Europe
Published:  14 May, 2018

The luxury British fashion house says the strategic vertical integration will allow the Company to have greater control over the quality of the leather goods production and supply chain logistics.

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UNIDO event on flood risk management in Sialkot

Pakistan
Published:  11 May, 2018

A workshop organised by UNIDO in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, the Sialkot Tannery Association and the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), brought together 64 stakeholders representing over 30 organisations.

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Zimbabwe could drop import duties on leather chemicals

Zimbabwe
Published:  11 May, 2018

The recently signed Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) could benefit Zimbabwe’s leather sector, which has been identified as the key to the country’s export growth.

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Nigeria’s leather sector calls for ban on hide and skin exports

Nigeria
Published:  10 May, 2018

Representatives from Nigeria’s leather sector claim the Government’s long-term neglect of the industry in favour of oil production has halted its competitiveness and hindered the full potential of using its hides and skins in domestic manufacturing.

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Heusch hosts fleshing and shaving improvement workshops in Morocco

Morocco
Published:  10 May, 2018

An expert team from Germany based tannery blade specialist, Heusch, visited Morocco’s three main leather hubs, with the focus on improving the fleshing and shaving quality of tanned hides and skins.

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Indian tanneries under fraud investigation

India
Published:  10 May, 2018

India’s Income Tax department officials are reported to have raided the offices of leather companies in the Kanpur and Unnao leather districts for suspected fiscal and financial wrongdoing.

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Mercedes-Benz scores new sales record

Worldwide
Published:  09 May, 2018

After posting its strongest-selling quarter of all time in the first three months of 2018, the premium automotive manufacturer delivered 192,558 units in April (+6.6%) to customers worldwide, more than ever before at the beginning of a second quarter.

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JBS releases 2017 Annual and Sustainability report

Brazil
Published:  09 May, 2018

The 2017 report includes a wide-ranging view of the Company’s financial and operational performance, achievements, events and sustainability initiatives.

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LWG Silver for ISA TanTec’s Italian tannery

Italy
Published:  09 May, 2018

The recently acquired Scamosceria del Brenta (Scabrenta) has obtained a Leather Working Group (LWG) Silver award.

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Mexican footwear sector seeks to limit imports from Vietnam

Mexico
Published:  08 May, 2018

The so-called TPP-11, the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement involving the 11 countries retained from the original trade pact after the U.S. dropped out, would lead the Mexican footwear manufacturing sector to lose an estimated 40% of its domestic market.

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Improved cattle supply helps Tyson’s Q2 beef results

United States
Published:  08 May, 2018

The world’s second largest meat processor, after Brazil’s JBS, has seen its profits impacted by a rise in freight costs in the quarter ending March 31, but sales volume in the beef segment increased due to improved availability of cattle supply, stronger demand for its beef products and increased exports.

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Leather sector excluded from Pakistan’s 2018-19 budget

Pakistan
Published:  08 May, 2018

Announced on April 27, Pakistan’s government budget for fiscal 2018-19 does not take into account the financial measures needed to boost the country’s leather production and exports.

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Digital leather prototyping demonstrated at TFL event

Italy
Published:  08 May, 2018

One eye-catching demonstration on display during the relaunch of TFL’s Global Fashion Leather Centre in Castelfranco di Sotto on May 3 was provided by ARS Tinctoria, the analytical laboratory and leather colour specialists based in the Santa Croce sull’Arno, Italy.

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Gianni Russo, President, UNIC

Expert panel discuss e-commerce with tanners

Italy
Published:  08 May, 2018

Global leather chemical supplier, TFL organised an interesting panel of experts to inform tanners about the fast-developing world of e-commerce and how a material such as leather can fit into online sales platforms. The panel presentation was part TFL’s Leather Fashion Event held at its recently upgraded Global Fashion Centre in Castelfranco di Sotto near Pisa in Tuscany on May 3.

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Increase in Portuguese footwear exports boosts employment

Portugal
Published:  04 May, 2018

Over 8,100 new jobs are reported to have been created within the Portuguese footwear industry since 2010.

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Adient’s second quarter results fail to impress

Worldwide
Published:  04 May, 2018

The global automotive seating and interior supplier has reported a net loss of US$168 million for the second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2018, but with unconsolidated revenue in the Seating segment increasing to US$2.3 billion in the period.

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TFL showcases fashion leathers in Tuscany

Italy
Published:  04 May, 2018

Leading global leather chemical provider, TFL, hosted 160 guests from 12 countries at its newly updated TFL Global Fashion Centre in Castelfranco di Sotto in Tuscany. Some of the world’s leading Italian and international tanners attended the event on May 3.

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Hydrogen sulphide kills two workers in Savar

Bangladesh
Published:  03 May, 2018

Two tannery workers are reported to have been killed, and a third was taken ill to hospital, after inhaling the poisonous gas at a raw hide processing plant in the Savar Tannery Zone.

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Codyeco presents Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 trends in showroom

Italy
Published:  03 May, 2018

Displayed in Codyeco’s showroom in Santa Croce sull'Arno, Italy, the collection was created by the Company’s development team from both wet-end and finishing departments.

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‘Green lungs’ for leather complex in Jalandhar

India
Published:  03 May, 2018

Supported by the Punjab Leather Federation, the aim is to reduce the toxic environment where the central effluent treatment (CETP) plant is located.

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New addition to REACH affects tanners

Europe
Published:  02 May, 2018

The European Chemical Agency has announced that 1-methyl-pyrrolidone, NMP (EC 212-828-1, CAS 872-50-4) has been added to Annex XVII of the REACH regulation with immediate effect.

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April fails to revive U.S. new car sales

United States
Published:  02 May, 2018

Most automotive manufacturers posted lower new car sales in the month of April as U.S. consumer demand continued to weaken.

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Applied DNA and BLC celebrate first year of successful hide tagging project

Worldwide
Published:  02 May, 2018

American technology company, Applied DNA Sciences, and UK based BLC Leather Technology Centre have announced the successful completion of their one-year consortium research project to apply and recover DNA tags, from animals in the farm to finished leather products.

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Sluggish demand for leather footwear impacts major Chinese tannery

China
Published:  01 May, 2018

The unaudited financial information for the three months ending March 31, 2018, shows that revenue for the Hong Kong listed tanning Group declined almost -30% in the quarter.

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Pakistan university licences fleshing and shaving blades to tanners

Pakistan
Published:  01 May, 2018

The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) located in Islamabad, Pakistan, is reported to have licensed two Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

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Volvo's concept car interior

Volvo Cars reports strong start to 2018

Worldwide
Published:  30 April, 2018

The premium automotive manufacturer has reported global retail sales up +14.1% to 147,407 cars in the first quarter of 2018.

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Range Rover leather seats by Lear

Double-digit growth for Lear’s Seating business

Worldwide
Published:  30 April, 2018

The global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems reported record results for the first quarter of 2018 and says there is an increasing product convergence between its Seating and E-Systems business segments.

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Leather factory profits in Turkish prison

Turkey
Published:  30 April, 2018

A leather factory located inside a prison in the Uşak province, Aegean Region of Turkey, is reported to have earned TRY5.5 million (US$1.5 million) in profits in 2017.

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Exports of luxury Swiss watches on the rise

Switzerland
Published:  27 April, 2018

Exports of the luxury time pieces increased 4.8% in March 2018, compared with the same month in the previous year. However, leather content has fallen.

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