50% more REACH dossiers checked for compliance in 2019

Europe
Published:  26 February, 2020

In 2019, The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) increased the number of checks it carried out on companies’ chemical safety data by 50%. Important safety data has been requested to clarify long-term effects of chemicals on human health and the environment, including those affecting reproduction and causing genetic mutations.

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Cortume Krumenauer to launch e-commerce site for leather sales

Brazil
Published:  26 February, 2020

The tannery, situated in Rio Grande do Sul, is set to launch a new transactional website for the sale of leathers in smaller quantities. 

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Craft The Leather competition winner announced

Italy
Published:  26 February, 2020

The winner of the 8th international creative competition for young designers is Hongji Lee from the London College of Fashion/University of the Arts London for her collection “A Spiral Dynamic”.

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3M to pay US$55 million in settlement with Wolverine

United States
Published:  26 February, 2020

Chemical manufacturer 3M has been ordered to pay US$55 million to footwear manufacturer Wolverine World Wide in a bid to help the company cover the cost of
extending municipal water to neighbourhoods with drinking water contaminated by PFAS chemicals from industrial waste dumping.

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Ecco wins Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award for DriTan technology

Denmark / United States
Published:  25 February, 2020

The leading global footwear brand and leather maker has been recognised in U.S. tradeshow Outdoor Retailer’s Innovation Awards for its DriTan technology and achievements in innovation and sustainability.

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Chinese bag maker closes Myanmar operation over COVID-19

Myanmar
Published:  25 February, 2020

A Chinese-owned leather bag factory based in Yangon, Myanmar, has announced its temporary closure due to a lack of raw materials caused by the COVID-19 epidemic in China.

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COTANCE and UECBV deepen dialogue on animal welfare and traceability Italy

Italy
Published:  25 February, 2020

Europe’s tanners and Livestock & Meat Traders met for the second time on February 20, the second day of trade show Lineapelle in Milan, in order to advance on two major issues of common interest: animal welfare and traceability. 

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Assomac gifts symbolic tree to industry associations

Italy
Published:  21 February, 2020

In a symbolic ceremony, the Italian Association for Manufacturers of Footwear, Leather Goods and Tanning Machinery (Assomac) has gifted five trees each to associated industry organisations Assopellettieri and UNIC (Italian Tanners’ Association) as a sign of increased collaboration on environmental and sustainability goals. 

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Stahl achieves highest ZDHC Gateway compliance certification

W
Published:  21 February, 2020

The Netherlands headquartered specialty chemical manufacturer has achieved the highest level of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Gateway compliance for its wet end and leather finishing portfolios.

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Busier second day at Lineapelle

Italy
Published:  21 February, 2020

Footfall seemed to have picked up on the second day of Milan trade show Lineapelle, held February 19-21, amid a steady stream of visitors and feedback from exhibitors that despite the obvious lack of Chinese attendants, they had managed to see key international clients.

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France and Italy lead luxury leather goods exports

Worldwide
Published:  21 February, 2020

By value, a third of footwear and 40% of leather goods exported worldwide in 2018 were from Europe. China’s market share of the same continues to decline since 2010, benefitting countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia.

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Perrine Ardouin, Director, APLF

APLF committed to providing industry platform

Hong Kong
Published:  21 February, 2020

APLF’s director, Perrine Ardouin, has emphasised that the organisers of the Hong Kong trade show are doing everything they can to allow the next edition to go ahead on its revised dateline of June 1-3 amid speculation over the viability of the postponed event.

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Simac Tanning Tech focus on innovation and sustainability

Italy
Published:  21 February, 2020

The organisers of the machinery and technology trade show said they aimed to address the future challenges of the sector with a range of innovative, custom-tailored, sustainable technologies.

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Mixed picture on first day of Lineapelle and Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  20 February, 2020

The first day of leather trade fair Lineapelle and machinery show Simac Tanning Tech, which are held concurrently February 19-21 at Fiera Milano Rho exhibition ground in Milan, painted a mixed picture as the impact of the coronavirus outbreak dominated conversations up and down the aisles.

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Footwear and leather goods help boost Aeffe results

Worldwide
Published:  20 February, 2020

Listed on Milan’s stock exchange, the Italian Group, whose fashion brands include Alberta Ferretti and Moschino, has posted consolidated revenues of €351.4 million in 2019, up from €346.6m in the previous year.

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Kanpur tanneries allowed to operate at 50% capacity

India
Published:  20 February, 2020

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has authorised the tanneries located around Kanpur, India, to operate at 50% capacity.

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Harald Niebuhr, Managing Director, NTE South Africa.

NTE celebrates centenary in Milan

Italy
Published:  20 February, 2020

South Africa headquartered NTE Company, a leading global supplier of wattle extract (mimosa) into the tanning industry, invited its international agents and distributors to an evening of celebration next to Milan’s famous Duomo cathedral.

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Coronavirus expected to boost Mexican beef exports to China

Mexico
Published:  19 February, 2020

Mexican meat exports to China could increase by over 40%.

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VDMA present at Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  19 February, 2020

Germany headquartered VDMA, which represents over 3,200 companies in the medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering sector, is exhibiting the at Simac Tanning Tech trade show taking place in Milan, February 19 – 21.

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CEC workshop on science-led footwear project

Italy
Published:  19 February, 2020

The European Footwear Confederation (CEC) and its partners held a public workshop in Milan on February 18 to present the results of the “Science-led Shoe – Footwear in the 21st century” European project.

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Young talents on the spotlight at Micam Milano

Italy
Published:  18 February, 2020

The international footwear show taking place February 16 – 19 at Fiera Milano Rho is hosting 1,205 exhibitors, of which 628 Italians and 577 from abroad, who are showcasing their collections for Autumn/Winter 2020-2021.

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Audi A7

EU car registrations down 7.5% in January

Europe
Published:  18 February, 2020

New passenger car registrations in the European Union declined 7.5% in January to 956,779 units.

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Coronavirus to slow down Vietnam’s leather sector growth

Vietnam
Published:  18 February, 2020

Industries in Vietnam that are dependent on imports of raw materials from China could be impacted by a shortage of supplies due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

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Kanpur tanneries to close again

India
Published:  17 February, 2020

The Regional Pollution Control Board is reported to have ordered about 248 tanneries located in the Jajmau cluster, near Kanpur, to stop operations as from February 19.

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Uncertainty over China’s production schedules

China
Published:  17 February, 2020

According to ILM’s sister publication, theSauerReport, there is next to zero purchases being made in China, and the few contracts that are concluded might only be honoured after normal business resumes.

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Coronavirus causing minimal disruption at ISA TanTec

Worldwide
Published:  17 February, 2020

The international tanning Group said the various locations of its tanneries around the world have enabled operations to continue with minimal disruption.

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Pakistan leather sector decries 38% hike in power tariffs

Pakistan
Published:  17 February, 2020

The Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) has condemned the government’s proposed 38% increase in electricity tariffs.

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Tanners request more funds to run Savar CETP

Bangladesh
Published:  14 February, 2020

Tanners in Bangladesh have asked the government to increase the existing funds to adequately operate the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE).

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Traceability at the heart of PrimeAsia’s new collection

Worldwide
Published:  14 February, 2020

The new Autumn/Winter 2021 collection of the international tanning Group brings a new concept aimed at promoting best practices in the supply chain, the Responsibly Raised Initiative.

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Tamil Nadu’s Natrampalli region seeks to attract leather investors

India
Published:  14 February, 2020

Speaking during an event organised by India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE), M.P. Sivanarul, a District Collector for Tirupattur, Indian state of Tamil Nadu, said the district administration would provide help and guidance for new ventures, including international investments.

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COMESA's BCB and ALLPI sign MoU with AeTrade Group

East Africa
Published:  13 February, 2020

The Business Council of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) free trade area, Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) and the AeTrade Group, which works to empower the African digital economy, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance mutual interests.

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China to reduce tax on some U.S. hides and chemical imports

United States
Published:  13 February, 2020

As the outbreak of the deadly virus COVID-19 is expected to badly impact China’s growth in the first quarter, China’s Ministry of Finance has announced a series of measures and tax reductions, including on imports of U.S. hides, leather and chemical products.

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Moderate outcome to Première Vision Leather

France
Published:  13 February, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus on visitor numbers and the closeness of the Premiere Vision Paris (PVP) to other key industry events may have reduced visitor numbers attending the latest edition of Premiere Vision Leather in Paris taking place February 11-13.

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From left: Christophe Dehard (SGPC), Frank Boehly (CNC), Jérôme Verdier (Tanneries Alran), Thierry Poncet (CTC), and Yves Morin, President, Sustainable Leather Forum.

French leather professionals address “Leather Bashing”

France
Published:  13 February, 2020

A panel of four leading industry experts from the French leather industry addressed an audience of stylists, designers, buyers and students during a discussion panel at Premiere Vision Leather in Paris on February 12.

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Assomac sponsors forestry project in Madagascar

Italy/Madagascar
Published:  12 February, 2020

The Italian Association for Manufacturers of Footwear, Leather Goods and Tanning Machinery is financing an agro-forestry project to plant 500 trees in Madagascar.

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PrimeAsia China transfers some operations to Vietnam

China
Published:  11 February, 2020

The international tanning Group has provided an update on the measures taken to avoid production interruption due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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German court rules in favour of Prevent over VW dispute

Europe
Published:  11 February, 2020

A court in Dusseldorf, Germany, is reported to have ruled in favour of the Bosnia based automotive seating and components supplier.

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Megha Mehta from LASRA, New Zealand

IULTCS announces 2020 research grant winners

Worldwide
Published:  10 February, 2020

The three young leather scientists to be awarded the grants are from Turkey and New Zealand.

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Stahl opens new Center of Excellence in India

India
Published:  07 February, 2020

The chemical manufacturer has opened a new Center of Excellence for sustainable leather technologies in Kanpur, India.

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Project to promote the safe use of chemicals in Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Published:  07 February, 2020

International development organisation Solidaridad, in association with chemical substances association TEGEWA and leather associations in Bangladesh, has launched the ‘Promoting the safe use of chemicals’ project aimed at tanners.

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Julian Dass at the IILF in Chennai

Industry veteran completes 50 years in the leather business

India/Kenya
Published:  07 February, 2020

On February 2, Julian Jayakumar Dass celebrated 50 years of work in the global leather industry. A journey that has taken him from India to Kenya via Europe. Dass continues to work with traders, tanners and finished product makers around the world and has given his whole professional life to the industry.

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Final bids deadline for Italian sludge treatment plant extended

Italy
Published:  06 February, 2020

Italy’s Acque del Chiampo and Medio Chiampo have, once again, extended the deadline for final bidding for a dried sludge treatment plant.

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ITPO plans to extend Chennai fairground site

India
Published:  06 February, 2020

Rajesh Agrawal, Executive Director, India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), has said that plans have been approved to extend the Chennai Trade and Convention centre, which hosts the India International Leather Fair (IILF).

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500 exhibitors at Colombia’s IFLS + EICI

Colombia
Published:  06 February, 2020

The International Footwear, Leather, Leather Goods, Supplies and Technology Fair (IFLS + EICI) takes place in Bogotà, Colombia, February 4 - 6. Most exhibiting companies, which include a large segment of the leather sector, are from Colombia but some overseas exhibitors are also to be present, particularly from Brazil.

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Vietnam’s exports of footwear and bags to reach US$24 billion

Vietnam
Published:  06 February, 2020

The sector's industrial production index is expected to increase around 11% in 2020, and the localisation rate of products 60%.

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Bangladesh leather export earnings decline 11%

Bangladesh
Published:  05 February, 2020

Overall, in the July-January period of the current fiscal year, exports from Bangladesh fell 5.21% to US$22.92 billion, year-on-year.

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Australian cattle slaughter forecast to fall 15% in 2020

Australia
Published:  05 February, 2020

Livestock producers in Australia are said to be facing “the most challenging years on record” as the national beef cattle herd is expected to fall to its lowest level since 1992.

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Balenciaga's Phileas computer bag in calf leather

Kering on track to achieve 100% sustainable leather sourcing

Worldwide
Published:  04 February, 2020

The French luxury conglomerate has released its Sustainability Progress Report 2017-2020, in which it outlines “concrete quantified targets” for 2025, including a 40% reduction in its overall environmental footprint and a 50% reduction in the Group’s greenhouse gas emissions within its own operations and across the entire supply chain.

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Major Taiwanese footwear group could set up production in India

India
Published:  04 February, 2020

A major footwear manufacturer from Taiwan could set up a new production facility in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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Coronavirus causing raw material disruption

Worldwide
Published:  04 February, 2020

The coronavirus could cause a shift in international orders for leather and other raw materials from China to other countries such as India, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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