Volvo C40 Recharge with leather-free interior. Credit: Volvo

LHCA responds to Volvo decision to lose leather

United States
Published:  24 September, 2021

Stephen Sothmann, President of the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA), has released a statement expressing his and the organisation’s disappointment in Volvo’s decision to go leather-free in its fully electric cars.

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The new Volvo C40 Recharge interior. Credit: Volvo

Volvo to remove leather from all electric cars by 2030

Worldwide
Published:  24 September, 2021

Volvo Cars has announced that all of its fully electric cars will be “leather-free” by 2030, while aiming for 25% of materials in all of its new cars to be recycled or bio-based by 2025.

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Lineapelle a surprise success for tanners

Italy
Published:  24 September, 2021

The international leather trade show saw more than 11,000 visitors, from more than 70 countries, come to see Winter 2022/23 collections and meet tanneries, exceeding the expectations of both exhibitors and organisers.

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Milan fairs help to stimulate the market

Italy
Published:  24 September, 2021

With four major industry fairs taking place in Milan between September 19-24 within the same week all have been regarded as a positive step forward in the Covid-19 era and exceeded expectations in terms of visitor numbers and a mood to meet in person and do business.

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Tandy sees continued financial recovery in first quarter

United States
Published:  23 September, 2021

Tandy Leather Factory has reported sales of US$21.4 million for the first quarter of the 2021 financial year, up from US$17.1 million the previous year.

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Simac Tanning Tech returns to showcase new technologies

Italy
Published:  22 September, 2021

Simac Tanning Tech, the international fair for tannery, leather goods and footwear machinery and technology, has begun in Milan with exhibitors and visitors gathering from across the world to see and discuss the latest innovations.

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Testex celebrates 175th anniversary

Switzerland
Published:  22 September, 2021

The independent Switzerland headquartered testing and certification organisation is celebrating 175 years of setting standards.

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New leather industrial cluster for Nigeria

Nigeria
Published:  21 September, 2021

Abia State government has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Total Value Integrated Services Limited for the building of an industrial cluster for leather, garments and allied products producers.

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Weekly cattle cull numbers fall

United States
Published:  21 September, 2021

The set of weekly slaughter statistics released by the USDA, for the week ending September 4, 2021, have shown a significant drop in numbers when compared to the week prior and the recent weekly average.

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UNIC celebrates 2021 growth but warns of commodity price hikes

Italy
Published:  20 September, 2021

UNIC, the Italian national tanning industry association, has released sector data for the first half of the 2021, showing the “inversion of the economic inertia of 2020”.

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Pandemic causes continued losses for Samata Leather

Bangladesh
Published:  20 September, 2021

The crust and finished leather manufacturer, despite reporting an 8% growth in year-on-year revenue for the first three quarters of the current financial year, continues to make a loss due to increased administrative expenses and pandemic disruptions.

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Government to correct inverted duty on leather footwear

India
Published:  20 September, 2021

The Goods and Services Tax Council has decided to correct the inverted duty structure on leather footwear from January 1, 2022, to help reduce the tax burden on the leather industry in India.

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Dr Ramasami receives IULTCS Merit Award 2021

Worldwide
Published:  16 September, 2021

The IULTCS has announced Dr Thirumalachari Ramasami as the recipient of its Merit Award for Excellence in the Leather Industry. 

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Spoor announces new collaboration with furniture brand

Published:  16 September, 2021

Spoor Leather has announced a partnership with Danish furniture brand Fredericia, offering customers the opportunity to purchase furniture made with 100% traceable leather.

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Recovery underway for Brazilian footwear exports

Brazil
Published:  16 September, 2021

The Brazilian Association of Shoe Manufacturers (Abicalçados) has revealed that the country exported 9.3 million pairs in August with a total so far in 2021 of 75.2 million pairs.

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Brazilian hide and leather exports up in August

Brazil
Published:  16 September, 2021

Statistics released by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) of the Ministry of Economy show exports of hides and skins from Brazil totalled US$127.8 million, an increase of 11.3% on the previous month.

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JBS to reopen fire-damaged Nebraska plant

Published:  15 September, 2021

The global meatpacking giant has announced its plans to resume operations at a Nebraska beef plant which halted production recently after a fire.

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Pecca more than doubles net profit for 2021

Malaysia
Published:  15 September, 2021

The Malaysian automotive leather seat manufacturer closed its 2021 financial year with a net profit of RM19.23 million (US$4.65 million), more than twice the result from the previous financial year.

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Covid causes 80% of Vietnamese leather industry to close

Vietnam
Published:  15 September, 2021

The Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (Lefaso) has reported that 80% leather and footwear businesses in the country have had to stop production in the face of recent Covid-19 restrictions.

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10th LWG certification for PrimeAsia

China
Published:  14 September, 2021

The leather manufacturer and Leather Working Group (LWG) founding member is celebrating its 10th LWG certification, a renewed Gold rating for its operating unit in China.

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Sustainable Leather Forum attendee opinions on CSR

France
Published:  14 September, 2021

Expressing their opinions through an interactive tool at the recent Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris, attendees from the leather and fashion worlds revealed that their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts were only accelerated by the pandemic.

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Fashion brands open to alternative materials at SLF Paris

France
Published:  14 September, 2021

When asked if they planned to integrate alternative materials (to leather) into their next collections, 60% of fashion brands at the Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris said yes

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Government close to shutting down Savar tanning complex

Bangladesh
Published:  13 September, 2021

The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry in Bangladesh has moved to implement a recommendation on shutting down the tannery complex in Savar. A parliamentary committee from the ministry on August 23 recommended shutting down the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE) at Hemayetpur because it does not have adequate facilities to treat the amount of solid and liquid waste generated by the tanners.

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Hélène Valade, LVMH Environment Development Group Director addressing the SLF in Paris

Sustainable Leather Forum underway in Paris

France
Published:  13 September, 2021

Hundreds of delegates have gathered at the Palais Brongniart in Paris to hear industry leaders discuss the sustainable future for leather on September 13.

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Italian Tanners’ Association UNIC and ICEC partner with WWF

Published:  10 September, 2021

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) makes further inroads into the leather industry following the announcement of a strategic partnership with UNIC Italian Tanneries and the Italian Quality Certification Institute for the Leather Sector (ICEC).

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Job losses as Ford plant to close

India
Published:  10 September, 2021

Employees at Ford India’s vehicle manufacturing plant in Marimalai Nagar in Tamil Nadu were shocked when the company unexpectedly decided to close the operation down in Q2 2022, according to local media reports.

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Première Vision Paris to provide hybrid event with two shows

France
Published:  10 September, 2021

While the physical edition of Première Vision Paris is set to go ahead from September 21-23, the organisers have announced a concurrent digital show from September 20-24.

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Hermès opens apprenticeship training centre

France
Published:  10 September, 2021

On September 6, the fashion group opened the École Hermès des savoir-faire within its leather workshop in the village of Fitilieu in Isère.

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LHCA signs Memorandum of Understanding with World Wildlife Fund

United States
Published:  10 September, 2021

The Leather & Hide Council of America (LHCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) ahead of collaborating on environment-focused initiatives for the U.S. leather industry.

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Tyson Foods rejects government conclusions on beef price inflation

United States
Published:  09 September, 2021

Tyson Foods has issued a statement in which it categorically rejects the conclusions drawn on September 8 by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Director of the National Economic Council in a White House press briefing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a report detailing the drivers of consumer inflation in the food sector, none of which are related to industry consolidation or scale. 

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Bridge of Weir presents design award at Concours of Elegance

United Kingdom
Published:  09 September, 2021

Bridge of Weir Leather, supplier of automotive leather to the world’s most respected luxury car brands, honoured the very best in automotive design at the 2021 Concours of Elegance, which took place September 3-5 at Hampton Court Palace near London, with a remarkable display of iconic cars, the presentation of its design award and supported on two public debuts.  

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Micro-Fresh announces partnership with Smit & Zoon

Worldwide
Published:  07 September, 2021

The two companies have announced their partnership following new research that Micro-Fresh now combats the presence of coronavirus on leather.

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Lineapelle New York cancelled for 2021

United States
Published:  07 September, 2021

The New York edition of the Lineapelle fair has been cancelled due to continuing travel restrictions and the suspension of B1 visas by U.S. authorities.

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Ban on Brazil beef exports unlikely to last

Worldwide
Published:  07 September, 2021

Brazil’s exports to China were suspended after the discovery of two cases of mad cow disease as ILM reported on September 6, however Bloomberg predicts the ban will be lifted quickly.

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BMW to replace leather with alternative materials

Worldwide
Published:  06 September, 2021

The German premium car manufacturer has announced plans to replace all materials in its car interiors with “environmentally-compatible raw materials” and “secondary materials”.

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Mad cow cases halt exports from Brazil to China

Brazil
Published:  06 September, 2021

Brazil has suspended beef exports to China after confirming two “atypical” cases of mad cow disease (BSE) in two separate domestic meat plants.

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Bangladesh exports grow 14% in August

Bangladesh
Published:  06 September, 2021

The country saw exports grow by 14% year-on-year to US$3.38 billion, following a drop of more than 11% the previous month.

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Hides and skins seized at Mombasa port

Kenya
Published:  06 September, 2021

Twenty-five containers of hides and skins have been seized by Kenya Revenue Authority officers, and three people arrested, over tax evasion.

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Portuguese leather and footwear exports show growth

Portugal
Published:  06 September, 2021

Leather and leather goods exports from Portugal have grown 21.4% in the first half of 2021, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics.

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Spoor announces collection made from traceable leather

Denmark
Published:  06 September, 2021

The Danish tannery, which is a subsidiary of Scan Hide, has announced the launch of a collection of children’s shoes made entirely from leather traceable to the single animal.

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Port reopens as Covid-19 causes more factory shutdowns

China
Published:  03 September, 2021

The port of Ningbo has reopened after two weeks of forced closure following a Covid outbreak, only to face imposed factory shutdowns after further outbreaks in both the Zhengzhou and Chengdu provinces. 

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Simona Tanning finds partners to reuse shaving dust

China
Published:  02 September, 2021

The Chinese tanning company has announced a partnership with DaFeng Paperboard and Xiangchen to reuse its chrome shaving dust created during the leather making process.

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Vancouros becomes first Brazilian tannery to join SLF

Brazil
Published:  02 September, 2021

The Sustainable Leather Foundation has announced that Vancouros is its first Brazilian tannery partner.

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Russian tanners union and Belarusian industry association to cooperate

Belarus/Russia
Published:  02 September, 2021

The Belarusian Light Industry Association and the Russian Union of Tanners and Shoemakers have signed a memorandum of cooperation as part of efforts to improve cooperation between tanning and footwear enterprises of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states.

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Oeko-Tex releases 2020-21 annual report

Worldwide
Published:  02 September, 2021

The Switzerland-based standards organisation has released its 2020-21 annual report, showing positive results despite the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Ecco Leather Goods launches September 7

Denmark
Published:  01 September, 2021

The Denmark headquartered tanner and shoe manufacturer/retailer has announced the launch of Ecco Leather Goods, its new bags and accessories brand, available from September 7.

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UNIC publishes 2020 Italian tanning industry results

Italy
Published:  01 September, 2021

The national tanning industry association for Italy has published its economic results for the industry in 2020, showing that the country managed to hold onto its position despite the heights of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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China adjusts “excessive incomes” as the luxury industry takes a hit

China
Published:  31 August, 2021

China has announced plans to adjust “excessive incomes” and more equally distribute national wealth in an effort to correct its significant gap between the rich and poor.

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Brazil makes first live cattle shipment to Vietnam

Worldwide
Published:  31 August, 2021

A shipment of 14,000 bulls from Brazil is expected to arrive in Vietnam in late September, marking the first time the South American country has exported cattle to Vietnam.

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Leather garment factory fire leaves 16 dead

Pakistan
Published:  31 August, 2021

A fire erupted in a leather garment factory in Karachi early on August 27, killing 16 workers and injuring several others.

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