PAI Partners to acquire Pasubio from CVC

Italy
Published:  23 June, 2021

European equity firm PAI Partners (PAI) has agreed with CVC to acquire Pasubio, its Arzignano-based automotive and upholstery tanner, which recently acquired Hewa Leder.

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New research on behaviour of Covid-19 on leather footwear

United Kingdom
Published:  23 June, 2021

Researchers have endeavoured to understand how the coronavirus behaves on leather to help the footwear industry recover from the effects of Covid-19. The team at De Montfort University in Leicester (DMU) worked with the British Footwear Association (BFA), which represents the smallest artisan shoemakers to the largest and best-known brands in the world, to test samples of the most popular leathers used for shoes.

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India’s leather export growth post 2020

India
Published:  23 June, 2021

Leather export in India has reached US$641.72 million in April-May 2021, compared with US$146.79 million in the corresponding period in 2020, according to the Council for Leather Exports (CLE). The CLE, the trade promotion organisation of the leather and leather products industries, also said that there is an expectation that this growth trend would continue.

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Leather Naturally thank departing Rodrigo Henriquez

Worldwide
Published:  23 June, 2021

Leather Naturally has announced that Rodrigo Henriquez, Communications Manager for leather chemicals manufacturer Lanxess, is leaving Leather Naturally having spent several years serving on the board.

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Super Tannery net profit rises

India
Published:  22 June, 2021

In the quarter ended March 2021, sales rose for India’s major buffalo leather supplier by 54.4% to Rs 63.49 crore (US$8.54 million), compared with Rs 41.12 crore (US$5.5 million) during the quarter ended March 2020.

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Boustead Leather focuses on regaining lost ground

Zimbabwe
Published:  22 June, 2021

Bulawayo-based tannery, Boustead Leather (formerly Wet Blue Industries) is reportedly “back on its feet” with operations now focused on opportunities in the wider leather value chain.

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New law to track cattle suppliers to curb deforestation

Brazil
Published:  22 June, 2021

Brazil, home to the world's largest commercial cattle herd, will propose a new law to track cattle suppliers that sell animals to meat processors such as JBS and Marfrig, as illegal ranching is a key driver of deforestation.

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Kanpur Mega Leather Park for 150 tanneries

India
Published:  22 June, 2021

The Uttar Pradesh government has announced that Kanpur’s “Mega Leather Park” project is underway and will be a “game changer” for the district. The project is said to be the first leather park in the country and will be set up in Ramaipur village near Kanpur.

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Courovale receives the Diamond CSCB seal

Brazil
Published:  21 June, 2021

The Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification (CSCB) has awarded the highest level of certification for sustainable leather production in Brazil to Portão-based tannery Courovale. The tannery is the first to be certified with the Diamond seal by the CSCB, having had the Gold seal since 2018.

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Pasubio acquires Hewa Leder

Italy/Germany
Published:  21 June, 2021

The Arzignano based automotive and upholstery tanner has announced the corporate acquisition of Hewa Leder, German leather manufacturers for the premium luxury segment of the automotive and yachting sector, which supplies brands such as Rolls Royce (BMW) and Alpine.

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VDMA reports increase in machinery orders

Germany
Published:  18 June, 2021

The Germany headquartered VDMA, the Textile, Fabric and Leather Machinery Technology Association which represents over 3,200 companies in the medium-sized machinery and plant engineering sector, has reported on the 2021 order situation within the Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies sectors.

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Kenyan tanner ordered to shut down over environmental concerns

Kenya
Published:  18 June, 2021

The high court has ordered a leather processing company at Dagoretti in Kiambu County to close temporarily until a case filed by residents is resolved. Justice Lucy Gacheru has barred the tannery and the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) from further infringement of the residents’ constitutional rights to a clean and healthy environment by operating a tannery within a residential area.

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New members join Leather Naturally’s Supervisory Council

Worldwide
Published:  17 June, 2021

Leather Naturally has confirmed Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer and Carl Flach as new members of the Supervisory Council with immediate effect.

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Highlights of the 9th Freiberg Leather Days digital offering

Germany
Published:  17 June, 2021

After organisers VGCT e.V. and FILK Freiberg Institute gGmbH had to cancel the industry meeting of the European tanning and leather industry in 2020 due to Covid-19, a hybrid event concept was initially planned for 2021. Instead, the 9th edition of the Freiberg Leather Days conference took place in a fully digital format from June 9-10, 2021.

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Worker death at Ambur tannery

India
Published:  17 June, 2021

A 56-year-old man was asphyxiated by noxious fumes when he entered a leather waste storage tank to rescue his co-worker in a tannery unit at Ambur on June 15.

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Largest factory for leather making in the Middle East approved

Egypt
Published:  16 June, 2021

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has said on June 14 that the Government has been directed to start building a leather tanning factory, the largest of its kind in the Middle East in terms of size and advanced industrial technology.

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Tender offer on SICIT Group takeover

Italy
Published:  16 June, 2021

The Italian protein hydrolysates specialist has launched a voluntary tender offer for the entirety of capital on June 14, 2021 and is due to be completed on July 7, 2021.

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Pittards to launch share buyback programme

United Kingdom
Published:  15 June, 2021

The UK headquartered tanner and leather goods manufacturer has plans to launch a share buyback program valued up to £350,000 (US$496,160).

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Hermès opens new leather workshop in Montereau

France
Published:  15 June, 2021

The French luxury house has opened its 18th leather workshop, located in Montereau. It employs 670 craftspeople and neighbours one of its leather suppleirs Tannerie de Montereau, Hermès’ first site in Seine-et-Marne which it acquired in 1996. This new workshop is said to foster a strong artisan and human culture, reasserting Hermès’ commitment to making a lasting contribution to regional development. 

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Cargill joins U.S. CattleTrace programme

United States
Published:  15 June, 2021

The global food, agricultural, financial and industrial products company, Cargill, has joined U.S. CattleTrace as an official packer member. Cargill is the second beef processor to invest in the effort formed by multiple state cattlemen’s organisations to develop a national infrastructure for animal disease traceability in the U.S. cattle industry.

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Brazilian monthly leather exports close to pre-pandemic levels

Brazil
Published:  14 June, 2021

Hide, semi-processed and finished leather exports from Brazil in May totalled US$119.3 million, up 116.2% compared with the same month in 2020 when US$55.2 million worth was exported. This also reflects a figure 2.2% lower than April 2021, when the total was US$122 million. China remains the main destination for Brazilian leather.

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State allocates land to six firms at Bantala Leather Complex

India
Published:  14 June, 2021

The state government of Kolkata has attracted investment in the leather industry and allocated land to six companies to set up units at the Bantala Leather Complex.

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Low footfall at Guangzhou Shoes & Leather

China
Published:  14 June, 2021

Shoes & Leather Guangzhou is one of the largest and most influential international trade fairs for footwear and leather goods in Asia. The focus of the exhibition is the presentation of machinery, equipment and materials for the manufacture of shoes and leather goods. It offers to manufacturers and dealers in the industry but also a perfect opportunity to present their new collections and finished products. The 30th of its kind took place in Guangzhou from May 31 – June 3 and while many major Chinese tanneries had stands at the fair, the footfall was reportedly very low.

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Conceria Cristina to build energy cogeneration plant

Italy
Published:  11 June, 2021

One of the biggest tanning Groups based in Vicenza has signed an Energy Performance Contract for the construction of a cogeneration plant. This system, supplied by the South Tyrolean company Alperia Bartucci, will deliver power of approximately 500 kW, allowing the tannery to achieve significant reductions in heat and electricity consumption.

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Sustainable partnership between Dani and Montblanc

Italy
Published:  11 June, 2021

The Italian tanning group Dani has launched the new ‘Create to Change’ project with Montblanc, the luxury maison part of the Richemont Group, in what it describes as a continuation of its vocation for sustainability and traceability.

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Arrests made for labour exploitation for leather goods supplier

Italy/China
Published:  11 June, 2021

The Italian police have arrested two Chinese nationals, a couple accused of running a leather goods business which exploited immigrant workers who reportedly make handbags for BRBY.L, a Burberry supplier, according to an arrest warrant reported by Reuters.

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9th virtual Freiberg Leather Days conference concludes

Germany
Published:  10 June, 2021

The 9th edition of the Freiberg Leather Days conference concluded on June 10 after two days of live and virtual presentations. The event is co-organised by the technical institute FILK and the German Leather Technician and Chemists Society - VGCT (Verein für Gerberei-Chemie und Technik).

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VGCT presents annual awards

Germany
Published:  10 June, 2021

The German Leather Technician and Chemists Society, VGCT (Verein für Gerberei-Chemie und Technik), presented its annual awards during a hybrid version of the FILK Leather Days conference on June 9. The main annual award was presented posthumously.

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AEC urges Spanish government caution over trade tariffs

Spain
Published:  10 June, 2021

The U.S has recently announced that it would apply a tariff increase of 25% on goods from Italy, Spain, Austria, the UK, Turkey and India. On May 2, the country postponed the decision of the possible increase in tariffs on footwear and other products from European countries. The Footwear Components from Spain Association (AEC) has urged its government to “apply a principle of prudence and not rush into negotiations”.

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Italy buying wet-blue via Belarus' commodity exchange

Italy/Belarus
Published:  10 June, 2021

BUCE Press Secretary Roman Yaniv has informed a local media outlet that some Italian companies have started sourcing Belarusian semi-processed leather products via the Belarusian Universal Commodity Exchange (BUCE).

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New majority owner for Holmes Halls

United Kingdom
Published:  09 June, 2021

Hull based wet-blue processor Holmes Halls has been sold to a new majority shareholder from Ireland. The sale was completed at the end of May.

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Winner announcement of Smit & Zoon’s Design Challenge

The Netherlands
Published:  09 June, 2021

Five designers from five different countries entered the Netherlands-based leather chemicals manufacturer’s Design Challenge in October 2020. Their task was to create shoes for the luxury fashion industry, with an emphasis on the sustainability of their products. All designers were required to use Zeology leather.

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Pakistan leather footwear exports grow in volume but not value

Pakistan
Published:  08 June, 2021

With two months remaining of the fiscal year, Pakistan had exported 14.24 million pairs of shoes, resulting in an export revenue of US$107.35 million. This was an increase of 18.9% in volume and a decline of 1% in value. Exports of tanned leather also fell year-on-year.

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Buckman announces price rise for leather chemicals

United States
Published:  07 June, 2021

The U.S. based specialty chemical supplier, Buckman, has announced global price increases for all product offerings including its leather chemicals. The price increases will become effective immediately, or as customer contracts allow.

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Partners launch green jobs project for Modjo tanners

Ethiopia
Published:  07 June, 2021

People in Need (PIN), International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Solidaridad (SOL) have commenced a three–year green jobs project in the tanning industry in Ethiopia.

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Cargill and ZELP partner to tackle methane emissions in cattle

Europe
Published:  07 June, 2021

The global food, agricultural, financial and industrial products company, Cargill, and Zero Emission Livestock Project (ZELP) have partnered to provide European dairy farmers with a solution to reduce methane emissions, combining technology in methane oxidation and data processing to minimise the environmental impact of dairy production while improving animal welfare.

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Jean Marie Canan joins Lectra’s board

France
Published:  04 June, 2021

The French technological solutions provider has appointed Jean Marie Canan as a new Director for a period of four years. Canan also becomes a member of Lectra’s Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Strategic Committee. This appointment follows the agreement reached for Lectra’s acquisition of Gerber Technology.

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Stahl launches blockchain-based collaborations to drive supply chain transparency

The Netherlands
Published:  04 June, 2021

The Netherlands headquartered global chemical specialist has collaborated with KRAHN Chemie, an independent chemical distributor, to certify key raw materials from the point of origin onward. Stahl will encourage more partners to scale up blockchain readiness across its network and beyond.

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CLIA reports rise in leather products

China
Published:  04 June, 2021

In anticipation of the All China Leather Exhibition from August 31- September 2 in Shanghai, China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) has reported a rise in footwear, bags and hides and skins - key leather sectors in 2020. 

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GST AutoLeather becomes Pangea

United States
Published:  03 June, 2021

The global automotive leather supplier has renamed itself “Pangea” after the supercontinent, which the company believes embodies its philosophy of connectedness.

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Donnie King to Succeed Dean Banks as President and CEO of Tyson Foods

United States
Published:  03 June, 2021

The U.S. meatpacker has appointed Operating Officer Donnie King as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, taking over from Dean Banks who is leaving the company and board for personal reasons.

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Acquisition of Lanxess by TFL complete

Worldwide
Published:  02 June, 2021

Leather chemicals manufacturer TFL has has completed the acquisition of the organic leather chemicals (OLC) business of Lanxess. The transaction has received the approval of the relevant authorities and closed on June 1, 2021. The TFL and OLC teams are working together to integrate the two businesses in order to provide a seamless service to customers worldwide.

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JBS becomes target of organised cybersecurity attack

Brazil/North America/Australia
Published:  02 June, 2021

On May 30, the world’s largest meatpacker, JBS, determined that it was the target of an organised cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems.

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Australians push back on U.S. kangaroo import ban

Australia
Published:  02 June, 2021

Democratic congressman Salud Carbajal and Republican Brian Fitzpatrick have introduced The Kangaroo Protection Act to the U.S. Congress, which would ban imports of kangaroo products into the the country.

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Qualus secures additional £1 million financing

United Kingdom
Published:  02 June, 2021

The provider of sustainable solutions to the tanning industry has secured £1 million (US$1.4 million) of financing in a round led by Irrus Investments.

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Stahl introduces renewable carbon product portfolio

The Netherlands
Published:  01 June, 2021

The Netherlands headquartered global chemical specialist has launched Stahl Ympact, a series of leather chemical solutions made with renewable feedstocks.

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Indian SMEs and exporters seek relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions

India
Published:  01 June, 2021

Covid-19 restrictions have been extended to June 15 in West Bengal. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and exporters have told Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee that extending restrictions without amendments or relief will adversely affect the micro SMEs (MSMEs) of the state.

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Kering brands’ approach to leather sustainability

Europe
Published:  01 June, 2021

The France headquartered luxury conglomerate has released a new report on its next steps towards a circular economy. With particular focus on the group Maisons’ approach to the leather circular economy, brands such as Gucci, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent show commitment to sustainable leather.

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Kering makes commitments to circular economy

France
Published:  01 June, 2021

The France headquartered luxury conglomerate has released a new report on its next steps towards a circular economy. In line with Kering’s efforts for more transparency, this new report is part of the group sustainability strategy, aimed at rethinking the way it produces, uses and extends the life of resources and products. Some of the topics covered in the report were confirmed by Kering’s Biodiversity Manager Yoann Regent in the ILM webinar, ‘How the leather industry can use science and data to improve its image’.

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Queen Máxima tours Smit & Zoon

The Netherlands
Published:  01 June, 2021

A highlight of the leather chemicals manufacturer’s 200th anniversary, Her Majesty Queen Máxima visited Smit & Zoon’s headquarters in Weesp on May 26, 2021.

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