Strong Swiss watch exports in August

Switzerland
Published:  24 September, 2018

Swiss watch exports rose +5.5% in value to CHF 1.5 billion (US$1.56 billion) in the month of August.

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Cassia by Mauro Lipparini

Natuzzi reports poor order flow

Worldwide
Published:  24 September, 2018

The Italy headquartered premium leather furniture manufacturer has reported consolidated net sales of €108 million for the second quarter of 2018, down -7.1% from €116.2 million in the same period of 2017, attributed by a “poor order flow” during March-April. Under constant exchange rates total net sales would have decreased -3.4%.

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Clayton & Sons appoint administrators

United Kingdom
Published:  24 September, 2018

Business advisory firm, FRP Advisory LLP, has been appointed as administrator of specialty tanners Joseph Clayton & Sons.

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Turkey’s devaluation to impact cattle numbers

Turkey
Published:  24 September, 2018

The devaluation of the Turkish currency is expected to impact cattle numbers in 2019 as the country is greatly dependant on fattening imported live cattle with imported feed, in dollars.

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Eight new tanners join Premiere Vision Leather

France
Published:  21 September, 2018

Eight new tanners exhibited at the latest edition of Premiere Vision Leather taking place in Paris, September 19-21 and forming part of the Premiere Vision Paris fashion materials show. 

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Specialty tanner Clayton & Sons goes into administration

United Kingdom
Published:  21 September, 2018

UK speciality leather maker, Joseph Clayton & Sons Ltd, which was founded in 1840, has entered into administration with all 23 employees being made redundant. The tannery located in Chesterfield in the north of England was first founded by four local families. In 2015 it acquired the assets of equestrian specialist tanner JE Sedgwick & Co Ltd with the formation of the Clayton Leather Group. 

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Kenyan wet-blue tannery seeks investment to complete construction

Kenya
Published:  21 September, 2018

Initially built to process up to the wet-blue stage, the local government aims to upgrade the tannery’s equipment and installations to increase production capacity and expand the value-added product range.

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Mexican tanner adopts Xeros waterless technology

Mexico
Published:  21 September, 2018

A leading Mexican tannery, LE FARC has signed a ten-year contract to use Xeros’ patented polymer technology.

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Canadian cattle herd to remain stable in 2019

Canada
Published:  21 September, 2018

Imports of U.S. cattle are expected to increase further as Canadian feedlots seek to maintain a consistent supply.

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Italian footwear production contracts in H1

Italy
Published:  20 September, 2018

Lower consumer spending has contributed to a contraction in the volume of footwear produced in Italy in the first half of 2018.

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TFL completes REACH registration process

Europe
Published:  20 September, 2018

Specialty leather chemical manufacturer, TFL has announced that it has accomplished the registration of all relevant chemical substances used in its products under the EU REACH and CLP regulations.

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Factors behind lower hide sales to China in 2018

China/United States
Published:  20 September, 2018

The Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) of the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released an assessment on the state of the hide trade into China. While a regular market observer will find little new, it offers a systematic picture of the key factors behind the recent downward intake trend into the country.

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French label Courrèges acquired by Kering’s holding company

France
Published:  19 September, 2018

Artemis, the holding company of French luxury conglomerate, Kering, has acquired luxury fashion label Courrèges, which has been undergoing a new recovery plan.

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New collection of veg-tanned leather showcased at Lineapelle

Italy
Published:  19 September, 2018

Associated tanneries of the Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium will be showcasing their new collections at the upcoming edition of Lineapelle, taking place September 25-27 in Milan.

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U.S.-China trade war could impact hide price calculations

Worldwide
Published:  19 September, 2018

The approval of new tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese goods by the U.S. administration has triggered the expected retaliatory measures by the Chinese government, who has now targetted US$60 billion worth of goods; impacting the leather sector.

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UNIDO releases Mongolian version of hydrogen sulphide online course

Mongolia
Published:  19 September, 2018

As a step to contribute and provide tools and means to improve safety standards in Mongolia, UNIDO and IULTCS have localised the online course “How to deal with hydrogen sulphide” for Mongolian users.

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Jaguar Land Rover temporarily reduces production

United Kingdom
Published:  18 September, 2018

British premium car and SUV manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), is to reduce production at its plant located at Castle Bromwich, Central England, until the end of 2018.

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Construction underway for new tannery in Kenya

Kenya
Published:  18 September, 2018

Once complete, the tannery is expected to produce up to 4,000 tonnes of leather annually.

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GMVENEZIA presents digital photography on leather at Lineapelle

Italy
Published:  18 September, 2018

Gianni Maitan, Managing Director of Italy based tannery machinery maker, Gemata, will be presenting the first collection of a new leather handbags and accessories brand, GMVENEZIA, at the upcoming edition of Lineapelle taking place September 25-27 in Milan.

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Brazilian cattle slaughter up in Q2

Brazil
Published:  17 September, 2018

A total of 7.72 million head of cattle were slaughtered in Brazil in the second quarter of 2018, -0.2% lower than in the first quarter of the year and +4% higher than in the corresponding quarter of 2017, which was affected by the "rotten meat" operation led by Brazil’s Federal Police.

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China’s cattle herd forecast to decline in 2019

China
Published:  17 September, 2018

China’s beef imports are forecast to rise +10% in 2019 as domestic beef consumption is to continue to outpace production.

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Veneto tanneries partner for Green Leather Management course

Italy
Published:  17 September, 2018

Eleven tanneries based in Valle del Chiampo, Italian region of Veneto, have partnered with Italian technical institute, Cosmo ITS, for a two-year Green Leather Management training course aimed at transferring theoretical-practical knowledge, personal and professional skills that correspond to the specific needs of companies operating in the leather sector. 

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264 tanneries ordered to temporarily close in Uttar Pradesh

India
Published:  17 September, 2018

The tanning sector in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has suffered another blow as the Government orders the closure of 264 tanneries located in Kanpur-Unnao for three months from December.

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Five Kanpur tanneries ordered to close

India
Published:  14 September, 2018

India’s National Green Tribunal (NGT) is reported to have ordered the closure of five tanneries located in Kanpur for discharging effluents in the Ganges river.

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Bangladesh plans another two leather clusters

Bangladesh
Published:  14 September, 2018

Bangladesh’s government is reported to be planning the construction of another two leather industrial states so as to ‘de-centralise’ the sector in Dhaka, boost leather production and exports.

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ECCO Leather unveils breakthrough waterless tanning technology

The Netherlands
Published:  13 September, 2018

ECCO Leather has unveiled a new waterless tanning technology that uses the moisture already present in the hides during manufacturing, helping to eliminate 600 tonnes of waste sludge each year.

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Tanners already have all the sustainability tools to advance

China
Published:  13 September, 2018

Hans van Haarst, CEO of Netherlands based global leather chemical makers, Smit & zoon says that the tanning industry has all the tools and technologies it needs to move forward and advance in the future. He made the comments while addressing the “Tannery 2030” conference in Shanghai on August 28.

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Romeu Couros

Brazilian leather exports contract in the first eight months

Brazil
Published:  12 September, 2018

Compared with the same period in both 2016 and 2017, there is a marked worsening of Brazilian hide and leather exports; starting in May, when the transport strike brought the movement of goods within the country to a standstill.

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UNIDO holds workshop on effluent treatment in Sialkot

Pakistan
Published:  12 September, 2018

Attended by tannery owners, tannery managers and other stakeholders, the workshop was organised by the Sialkot Tannery Association in collaboration with UNIDO-GEF (Global Environment Facility).

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GLCC says biofabricated materials are not leather

China
Published:  12 September, 2018

The Global Leather Co-ordinating Committee (GLCC) met in Shanghai on August 30 with 15 members from the three constituent bodies; the International Council of Tanners (ICT), International Council of Hides, Skins and Leather Traders’ Associations (ICHSLTA) and the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS).

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Vietnam shoe sector considers impact of U.S.-China trade war

Vietnam
Published:  12 September, 2018

Vietnam’s footwear exports are reported to have increased +8.4% in the first half of 2018, year-on-year, to US$9.45 billion. If the availability of local raw materials still fails to meet demand, this could change once new Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) come into effect in 2019, and if the trade war between the U.S. and China persists.

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Fourth consecutive monthly decline for Brazilian footwear exports

Brazil
Published:  12 September, 2018

Brazilian footwear exports declined -7.3% in volume and -9.2% in value in August, compared with the same month in 2017.

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Bangladesh tanners fail to apply minimum wage

Bangladesh
Published:  11 September, 2018

An estimated 80% of Bangladesh’s tannery workers are reported to work without official appointment letters and identity cards according to local media reports.

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ICE to promote ‘Made in Italy’ with Alibaba Group

Italy/China
Published:  11 September, 2018

The Italian Trade Agency (ICE) has partnered with the China based e-commerce platform, Alibaba, to create ‘HelloITA’, a virtual hub that seeks to promote ‘Made in Italy’ in China, including leather goods and footwear.

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New Zealand tanner invests in chrome recovery plant

New Zealand
Published:  10 September, 2018

The tannery is reported to have invested NZD1.8 million (US$1.17 million) in the new filter, which is currently undergoing tests, to remove chrome from its wastewater.

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New Zealand beef production higher in 2018

New Zealand
Published:  10 September, 2018

New Zealand’s beef production is expected to be significantly higher in 2018, but a decline is anticipated for 2019.

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Western European new car sales up +27% in August

Europe
Published:  10 September, 2018

New passenger car registrations in Western Europe are reported to have risen +27% in August as manufacturers sought to clear their stocks ahead of the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), effective from September 1.

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Australian cattle numbers forecast to decline in 2019

Australia
Published:  10 September, 2018

Persistent droughts across two Australian states is expected to lead to a drop in cattle numbers in 2019.

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Mixed new U.S. car sales across brands in August

United States
Published:  07 September, 2018

U.S. car sales in the month of August have presented a mixed picture across different manufacturers, with overall sales remaining flat compared with the same month a year earlier.

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Strong results for Crockett & Jones

Worldwide
Published:  07 September, 2018

The Northampton based upmarket men’s shoemaker is planning to expand with the opening of a second store in New York.

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TFL to increase fatliquor output through leasing

Italy
Published:  06 September, 2018

TFL Italia and Industria Chimica Fine (ICF) have entered into an agreement for TFL to lease ICF's business and assets.

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Brazilian wet-blue export duty abolished

Brazil
Published:  06 September, 2018

The Executive Committee of Brazil’s Chamber for International Commerce (Camex) is reported to have approved the removal of the 9% export tax on Brazilian wet-blue on August 29.

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Burberry halts destruction of unsold products and stops fur

Worldwide
Published:  06 September, 2018

The British fashion label has announced it is stopping the practice of destroying unsaleable products and will no longer use real fur in its collections, with immediate effect.

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USHSLA warns of detrimental impact of U.S. tariffs

United States
Published:  05 September, 2018

The U.S. Hides Skins & Leather Association (USHSLA) has submitted comments to Office of the U.S. Trade Representative opposing the imposition of tariffs, as high as 25%, on approximately US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports to the U.S. and how the escalation of trade tensions with China has already resulted in significant harm to its member companies.

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Tanners seek purer chemicals to reduce waste

China
Published:  05 September, 2018

Chemical companies should sell products at higher purities or concentrations to reduce the amount of waste after processing, says Thomas Schneider, Executive Chairman of global tanning group, ISA TanTec. He was speaking at the “Tannery 2030” conference in Shanghai on August 28.

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Chen Zhanguang, Secretary General, CLIA

CLIA releases mixed market picture for leather production

China
Published:  05 September, 2018

Chen Zhanguang, Secretary General of the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), outlined a mixed performance for Chinese leather and leather products industries during the first half of 2018 during  the recent ACLE in Shanghai.

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U.S. footwear industry grew +7% in first half

United States
Published:  04 September, 2018

The U.S. footwear industry is reported to have grown +7% in the first half of 2018, driven by casual shoes and e-commerce.

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ACLE hosts anniversary dinner

China
Published:  04 September, 2018

The organisers of the All China Leather Exhibition in Shanghai, August 29-31, hosted a special dinner to mark the 20th anniversary of the fair and the 30th anniversary since the foundation of the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA).

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BADER to build new China finishing plant

China
Published:  04 September, 2018

Global upholstery leather processors, BADER Leather are to begin construction of a new leather finishing plant in China later this year.

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Kanpur drains overloaded with tannery waste

India
Published:  03 September, 2018

Initially designed to treat waste for around 175 tanneries, Kanpur’s drains are now overloaded with waste from about 350 tanneries.

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