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One in five wear clothing more than 20 years old

United Kingdom
Published:  19 January, 2022

According to a study commissioned by Leather UK, 51% of adults in the UK still own and frequently wear an item of clothing that’s a decade old or more, while 20% would still wear something that’s more than 20 years old. 

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Portuguese footwear and leather goods exports rebound

Portugal
Published:  18 January, 2022

In the first ten months of 2021, Portugal exported 58 million pairs of shoes, worth €1.41 million, which reflects an increase of 9% on a comparable basis to the previous year.

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Prada prioritises internalising production

Italy
Published:  17 January, 2022

Prada Group Industrial Director Massimo Vian detailed the company’s plans for developing sustainability and integrating production internally in an interview with Il Tirreno.

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Brazilian footwear exports up 36.8% in 2021

Brazil
Published:  17 January, 2022

Driven by growth in the second half of the year, Brazilian footwear exports totalled 123.6 million pairs in 2021, generating US$900.3 million, an increase of 36.8% year-on-year according to data from the Brazilian Association of Footwear Industries (Abicalçados).

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Lamborghini partners with Cartiera for recycled leather goods

Italy
Published:  14 January, 2022

The luxury supercar manufacturer has partnered with Italian sustainable fashion business Cartiera to produce a collection of sustainable bags and accessories made from leather offcuts.

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MycoWorks raises US$125 million for mushroom biomaterial

United States
Published:  14 January, 2022

MycoWorks, a San Francisco-based biomaterials company, has secured US$125 million in funding after an investment round led by Prime Movers Lab, with participation from new investors SK Networks and Mirabaud Lifestyle Impact & Innovation Fund, in addition to other new and existing investors.

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U.S. wet-blue exports up 55% January-November 2021

United States
Published:  13 January, 2022

Hide and skin export data released by the Leather and Hide Council of America for January to November 2021 shows that exports of wet-blue bovine hides grew by 55% over the same period in 2020 (pandemic affected) to a global total of 4,067,922 pieces.

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Study reveals extent of Bangladesh tannery pollution

Bangladesh
Published:  13 January, 2022

A joint study by the Geography and Environment Department of Jahangirnagar University, Environmental Science Department of Stamford University and Waterkeepers, Bangladesh has shown that leather production is having a significant impact on water quality.

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Omicron causing production delays for Italian brands

Italy
Published:  13 January, 2022

Rising cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant have caused production delays and even factory shutdowns for fashion brands and leather goods manufacturers in Italy, Glossy reports.

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Rising Covid cases causing worker shortages

India
Published:  11 January, 2022

Businesses in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Noida are facing a shortage of manpower as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

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€10 million grant for Italian tanning industry

Italy
Published:  11 January, 2022

The Italian Minister of Economic Development, Giancarlo Giorgetti, has announced a non-repayable grant of €10 million (US$11.4 million) to support the domestic tanning industry.

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U.S. beef exports reach record high in November

United States
Published:  11 January, 2022

November 2021 exports of beef from the United States set a new record for value at US$1.05 billion topping US$1 billion for the second time in 2021, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Brazilian exports top US$1.4 billion in 2021

Brazil
Published:  10 January, 2022

Data for exports of Brazilian hides and skins, released by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) of the Ministry of Economy and reported by CICB/Brazilian Leather, shows an increase of 44.9% compared with 2020 at US$1.41 billion.

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ICT releases statement on deforestation

Worldwide
Published:  10 January, 2022

The International Council of Tanners (ICT) has released a statement confirming its position on deforestation and its connections to the leather industry.

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Portuguese footwear industry to invest €140 million over three years

Portugal
Published:  07 January, 2022

Led by APICCAPS and the Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre (CTCP), the footwear industry in Portugal will invest €140 million (US$158 million) over the next three years with a focus on sustainability and innovation.

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Chrysler to go fully electric by 2028

United States
Published:  06 January, 2022

At the CES 2021 trade show in Las Vegas, Chrysler announced that it is aiming to go all electric by 2028 and launch its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) by 2025.

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Micro-Fresh awarded ZDHC Level 1

United Kingdom
Published:  06 January, 2022

Chem-MAP has awarded antimicrobial technology company Micro-Fresh with its ZDHC Level 1 certification.

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Exports increase 11% in five months of FY2021/22

Pakistan
Published:  05 January, 2022

According to data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), leather goods exports increased by 11% year-on-year in the first five months of the current financial year (July to November 2021).

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Biden fights meatpackers on price inflation

United States
Published:  05 January, 2022

U.S. President Joe Biden has announced plans to tackle the current market power of the large meatpacking companies dominating the industry, including US$1 billion to assist the expansion of independent processors and new competition regulations.

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Tax relief for leather and footwear makers in Marikina

Philippines
Published:  05 January, 2022

The Marikina city local government in the Philippines has passed legislation to exempt all leather goods and footwear manufacturers from paying tax amid pandemic struggles in the country.

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Three more tannery parks proposed for Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Published:  04 January, 2022

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) has announced plans to establish three more leather industrial complexes, with the aim of creating 400,000 jobs over the next five years.

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Elton Hurlow retires from Buckman

United States
Published:  04 January, 2022

Elton Hurlow, Global Strategic Marketing Manager at Buckman International, has retired as of the end of December 2021.

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MoU signed to collect waste from Korangi

Pakistan
Published:  23 December, 2021

The Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korangi Association of Trade and Industries (KATI) and the Pakistan Tanners’ Association (PTA) to collect waste from the Korangi industrial area and carry out sanitation work.

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EU passenger car registrations drop 20% in November

Europe
Published:  22 December, 2021

European Union passenger car registrations dropped by 20.5% in November to a total of 713,346 units, falling for the fifth consecutive month.

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Azerbaijan cuts export duty for leather goods

Azerbaijan
Published:  22 December, 2021

The Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers has made the decision to reduce the export duty rate on leather goods as part of its plans to stimulate the production of non-oil products.

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Halavet Food invests US$25 million in new gelatine plant

Turkey
Published:  21 December, 2021

The collagen manufacturer has announced an investment of US$25 million in a new halal gelatine plant in the Gerede Organized Industrial Zone.

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Kanpur tanneries to close for annual festival

India
Published:  21 December, 2021

The local government in Kanpur, India, has directed the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to close tanneries and factories situated on the banks of the Ganges River in Jajmau for the upcoming Magh Mela festival in Prayagraj.

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Mossop Western Leather MD to retire

South Africa
Published:  20 December, 2021

Alan Fleetwood, Managing Director of Mossop Western Leather, CEO and Managing Director of Bolton Footwear and Managing Director of BBF Safety Group will retire at the end of February 2022.

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Leather exports from Pakistan up 8.86%

Pakistan
Published:  20 December, 2021

According to data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) and collated by the Pakistan Tanners’ Association (PTA) Annual Report 2020-21, leather exports for June 2020 to July 2021 were up 8.86% and worth US$833.2 million.

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UNIC joins Terra Carta

Italy
Published:  20 December, 2021

UNIC, the Italian national tanning industry association, has been invited to join the more than 400 signatories of Terra Carta, an initiative launched by Charles, Prince of Wales, and the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

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118 organisations sign TCLF Pact for Skills

Europe
Published:  20 December, 2021

The TCLF Pact for Skills has launched with 118 signatories, an initiative for the textile, leather and footwear industries in Europe, promoted by the European Commission and EURATEX, Cotance and CEC.

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Gruppo Mastrotto publishes sustainability report

Italy
Published:  17 December, 2021

The Italian tanning group has released its first sustainability report, which includes adherence to the objectives of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda as well as commitments to save water and electricity and establish an ethical code for suppliers.

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Retailers suspend Brazilian beef over deforestation concerns

Europe
Published:  17 December, 2021

Six European supermarket chains have made the decision to suspend all sales of beef products from Brazil due to links between the products and deforestation in the Amazon.

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Punjab Industry Minister offers tanners incentives

India
Published:  16 December, 2021

To support tanneries in Jalandhar, Punjab Industry Minister Gurkirat Singh Kotli has decided to waive a double tax levied on the businesses as well as non-construction charges from new treatment plants.

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Egyptian leather exports up 63% year-on-year

Egypt
Published:  15 December, 2021

According to data from the Leather Export Council of Egypt (LEC), the country has exported US$70.47 million of leather and leather goods from January to October 2021.

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Significant growth for U.S. hide and wet-blue exports in 2021 (Jan-Oct)

United States
Published:  15 December, 2021

U.S. hides and skins export statistics for October 2021, released by the Leather & Hide Council of America (LHCA), show that exports of wet salted bovine hides increased by 53% overall. 

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Karachi businesses to protest gas suspension

Pakistan
Published:  14 December, 2021

Businessmen Group Chairman Zubair Motiwala has announced plans to protest the decision of Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd (SSGCL) to suspend gas supply to non-export general industries.

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Revenue jumps 16% for Dr Martens in H1

Worldwide
Published:  14 December, 2021

The footwear brand has reported its financial results for the first half of the 2022 financial year, with revenue increasing by 16% to £369.9 million (US$489 million).

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Investment summit addresses leather sector issues

Bangladesh
Published:  13 December, 2021

At the recent International Investment Summit in Bangladesh, leaders in the leather sector spoke about the difficulties the industry is facing and how it can move forward.

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Brazilian leather exports fall in November

Published:  13 December, 2021

According to export statistics released by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) of the Ministry of Economy, which have been analysed and reported by the intelligence department of CICB for November 2021, show hide and skin exports fell in value to US$100.8 million.

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Monthly beef export value hits record levels

United States
Published:  10 December, 2021

Beef exports rose 7.5% year-on-year to 115,709 metric tons in October, with export values climbing by 48% to the second highest total on record at US$956.9 million, according to USDA data compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

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Committees support German proposal to further restrict PFAS

Europe
Published:  09 December, 2021

The Committees for Risk Assessment and Socio-Economic Analysis have stated their support for Germany’s proposal to restrict the use of undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) and related substances. 

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ISA TanTec launches Interactive Traceability Map

Worldwide
Published:  09 December, 2021

The international tanning group has announced the launch of its online Interactive Traceability Map, which it says enhances the transparency of its supply chain and highlights its commitment to responsible sourcing.

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Pakistan leather industry contracted in 2021

Pakistan
Published:  09 December, 2021

Local media reports say that issues affecting the Pakistan leather industry require immediate attention after the local industry declined in fiscal 2021.

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More than half of young French people think animals are raised for leather

France
Published:  09 December, 2021

A recent study, supported by the Happydemics study platform and conducted by Conseil National du Cuir (CNC), found that 54% of French people aged 18-24 think that animals are raised to make leather while 31% say that it is not a material of animal origin.

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Footwear and leather employment reaches highest level in two years

Spain
Published:  08 December, 2021

Spanish Social Security data shows that November 2021 saw a total of 39,286 workers registered in the footwear and leather sectors, 5.1% up on the previous month.

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Majority of inspected online products breached EU chemicals laws

Europe
Published:  08 December, 2021

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a report on its latest enforcement project, which found that the majority of nearly 6,000 products inspected online were non-compliant with at least one requirement under relevant EU chemicals legislation.

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U.S. Supreme Court denies UGG trademark review

United States/Australia
Published:  07 December, 2021

The United States Supreme Court has denied a petition to review a claim from an Australian leather company for the “ugg” trademark.

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Scottish Leather Group wins aviation seating contract in China

Scotland/China
Published:  07 December, 2021

The Scotland-based leather manufacturing group has secured a new contract to supply aviation seat covers to an airline in China.

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LifeGOAST project presents final results

Europe
Published:  06 December, 2021

LifeGOAST, the European project to investigate novel leather tanning technologies, has presented its results after five years of work.

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