Sustainable Leather Foundation holds inaugural partnership meeting

United Kingdom
Published:  20 January, 2021

The new global foundation, which aims to bring together all stakeholders from across the leather industry and is set for its official launch later this year, held its first inaugural partnership meeting, which outlined key goals and developments and delivered a progress report so far. 

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APLF’s Michael Duck appointed to new role at Informa Markets

Worldwide
Published:  20 January, 2021

Informa Markets has announced the appointment of Michael Duck as Executive Vice President – Commercial Development across its global business.

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Real Leather. Stay Different. Chinese students complete samples

China
Published:  20 January, 2021

Over 50 students were shortlisted in February 2020 to make samples for the competition’s final stage.

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EU passenger car market contracted 23.7% in 2020

Europe
Published:  19 January, 2021

The EU passenger car market contracted 23.7% to 9.9 million units in 2020, reportedly as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Conceria Pasubio offers €700,000 in employee bonus package

Italy
Published:  19 January, 2021

The Arzignano based tannery decided to offer the compensation bonus to its employees following satisfactory results despite the pandemic.

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ELIA provides an overview of Ethiopia’s leather sector

Ethiopia
Published:  18 January, 2021

Tatek Yirga, President, Ethiopian Leather Industry Association (ELIA) took part in a panel discussion aired by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.

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EU’s new eco-schemes include husbandry and animal welfare

Europe
Published:  15 January, 2021

The European Commission published a list of potential agricultural practices that the eco-schemes could support in the future common agricultural policy (CAP). This list aims to contribute to the debate around the CAP reform and its role in reaching the Green Deal targets.

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Stella International’s shipments decline for second consecutive quarter

Hong Kong
Published:  15 January, 2021

International shipments for the Hong Kong headquartered footwear manufacturer declined 21.7% for the three months ended December 31, 2020, year-on-year.

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Brazilian footwear production returns to 2016 levels

Brazil
Published:  15 January, 2021

Brazilian footwear production declined 21.8% in 2020, reaching the same level recorded four years ago.

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister addresses leather sector

Pakistan
Published:  14 January, 2021

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, said the government is taking steps to promote the domestic industries that are a main source of value-added export products, such as the leather industry.

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Pakistan to develop raw hides and leather exports to South Korea

Pakistan
Published:  14 January, 2021

Pakistan and South Korea are said to be working on a free trade bilateral agreement.

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Higher Brazilian hide and leather exports in December

Brazil
Published:  14 January, 2021

Exports of hides and leather from Brazil increased 25.1%, year-on-year, in December 2020.

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Sicit Group to open manufacturing plant in China

China
Published:  14 January, 2021

The Italian Group specialised in protein hydrolysates of animal origin has announced the opening of a production site in China, its first site outside Italy.

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LHCA article affirms status of a hide

United States
Published:  13 January, 2021

The article dated January 11 seeks to affirm the status of a hide, and the resulting leather, as a byproduct of meat and dairy production.

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Indian chemical manufacturer could be up for sale

India
Published:  12 January, 2021

The Indian Group’s eight business units, which includes leather chemicals, could be sold off separately, according to local reports.

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Argentina renews anti-dumping measure on footwear from China

Argentina
Published:  12 January, 2021

Renewed for another five years, the measure is valid for both leather and synthetic footwear imported from China.

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Plans for Karachi tanneries to switch to solar energy

Pakistan
Published:  11 January, 2021

The Energy Minister of the Sindh province in Pakistan has reportedly requested a final policy report to generate electricity from waste in Karachi, while the tanneries could see their CETP electricity supply switched to solar power.

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ECHA’s SCIP database receives over five million notifications

Europe
Published:  11 January, 2021

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has reported that since January 5 over five million notifications have already been received in the Substances of Concern In articles (SCIP) database.

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Wuji tanning district enters lockdown

China
Published:  11 January, 2021

The entire Hebei area in China, which includes the Wuji tanning district, is reported to have gone into lockdown. 

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Rise in demand for sheepskin slippers

Europe
Published:  08 January, 2021

As Covid restrictions continue and lockdown measures are applied again in some countries, sales of comfortable slippers, particularly made of sheepskin, are reported to have significantly increased.

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GM to build electric cars for Honda

North America
Published:  08 January, 2021

General Motors, which delivered 2.9 million vehicles with its joint ventures in China in 2020, is reportedly going to build two electrical models for Honda.

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UK new car sales reach lowest level since 1992

United Kingdom
Published:  08 January, 2021

Annual new car registrations in the UK fell to 1.63 million units in 2020, representing toughest year for market since 1992.

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Easier loan terms for Bangladesh’s tanners

Bangladesh
Published:  07 January, 2021

On January 6, the Bangladesh Bank reportedly introduced a loan rescheduling and one-time exit policy with easy terms for tanneries.

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New owners for leading Argentinean tannery

Argentina
Published:  07 January, 2021

Headquartered in Buenos Aires, the tannery was acquired by a group of local investors, with a diversified industry portfolio.

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UNIC legally acts on incorrect leather labelling

Italy
Published:  07 January, 2021

Since the Leather Decree became effective in Italy on October 24, 2020, the Italian Tanners Association (UNIC) has defended the term “leather” when incorrectly used by fashion companies such as Armani and OVS, or even Amazon UE and car brands.

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India’s leather exports decline 17.74% in December

India
Published:  06 January, 2021

Overall, total exports from India declined by a slight 0.8% in December 2020, while the country’s trade deficit widened to US$15.71 billion as imports increased.

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Italian footwear exports decline 20.1%

Italy
Published:  06 January, 2021

The Italian footwear sector recorded a 17.8% contraction in domestic footwear consumption and a 20.1% decline in export volume for the first nine months of 2020.

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Oeko-Tex announces new regulations 2021

Switzerland
Published:  05 January, 2021

A special project in 2021 will be the integration of the carbon and water footprint into Oeko-Tex's Made in Green label. 

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Tanneries du Puy under renovation

France
Published:  05 January, 2021

Hermès Cuirs Précieux, a division of French luxury group Hermès, has decided to carry out renovation works at Tanneries du Puy, located in Chadrac, south-central France.

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Cattle supplier linked to US$285 million loss by Tyson Food

United States
Published:  04 January, 2021

The U.S. cattle supplier has been allegedly accused of misrepresenting the quantity of cattle it purchased for the Arkansas-based food company’s beef division.

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Zimbabwe leather industry seeks to lower import duty of components

Zimbabwe
Published:  04 January, 2021

The request to lower duty fees is said to include products such as chemicals, equipment and manufacturing inputs.

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Sialkot working to solve pollution issues

Pakistan
Published:  04 January, 2021

A project aimed at overcoming environmental issues at the tannery zone in Sialkot is reported to be underway, with tanneries to be relocated away from the city.

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Victory in Mumbai court for cowhide transporter

India
Published:  23 December, 2020

A bench of the Bombay (Mumbai) high court has stated that the possession of a dead animal’s skin does not amount to an offence under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act of 1976.

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TFL achieves ZDHC Level 3 certification

Worldwide
Published:  22 December, 2020

The leather chemicals manufacturer has achieved Level 3 ZDHC certification for all manufacturing plants and products. 

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Ethiopian tanneries shut down due to foreign currency shortage

Ethiopia
Published:  21 December, 2020

Leather product manufacturers and tanneries in the East African state are said to be shutting down their processing facilities due to foreign currency 

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AQC announces new version of tanner’s specification

Switzerland
Published:  21 December, 2020

Switzerland’s AQC (Association pour l’Assurance Qualité des Fabricants de Bracelets Cuir / Association for Quality Assurance of Leather Strap Manufacturers) has announced a new version of its tanner’s specification, V.3, which will come into force from January 1, 2021.

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UNIC presents 2020 Sustainability Report

Italy
Published:  21 December, 2020

The Italian Tanners’ Association, UNIC, has presented its latest Sustainability Report for the Italian tanning industry.

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India plans to raise duties on leather goods imports

India
Published:  18 December, 2020

The Indian government is reportedly planning to raise duties on a range of imports including leather goods and textile products, as well as to tighten rules of origin.

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Kering refutes allegations over taxes

France
Published:  18 December, 2020

The French luxury conglomerate said the inquiry by the French National Financial Public Prosecutor’s Office appears to be linked to legal proceedings initiated in November 2017 involving LGI, the Group’s Swiss subsidiary.

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European demand for SUVs slows

Europe
Published:  18 December, 2020

The market share of SUVs is said to have remained stable for most of the year, but their registrations fell 13% in November, and 21% year-to-date when compared to 2019.

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RM Williams to exclusively source leather from Australia

Australia
Published:  18 December, 2020

The Australian leather footwear and apparel brand is reportedly planning to source its leathers from Australia only, and no longer from countries such as France or New Zealand.

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EU new car registrations down 25.5%

Europe
Published:  17 December, 2020

Between January and November, the passenger car market in the European Union contracted by 25.5% to about nine million units.

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Tchibo publishes Animal Welfare Policy

Germany
Published:  17 December, 2020

German retailer Tchibo has published a comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy in what it says is a move towards becoming a 100% sustainable business.

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Brazilian footwear sector forecasts 19% growth in 2021

Brazil
Published:  17 December, 2020

While the Brazilian footwear industry projects a 25% fall in production for 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the sector forecasts a growth rate of 19% for 2021.

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Adient to set up new production unit in Morocco

Morocco
Published:  16 December, 2020

The U.S. headquartered automotive seating and components supplier has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Morocco’s Ministry of Industry for an investment estimated at US$18.23 million.

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LWG to launch version 7 of its Environmental Audit Protocol

Worldwide
Published:  16 December, 2020

The Leather Working Group (LWG) said it is confident that the next iteration of its keystone auditing standard will be ready for launch in the first quarter of 2021.

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JLR invests in raw materials tracing technology

Worldwide
Published:  16 December, 2020

InMotion, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)’s venture capital and mobility services arm, has invested in a blockchain technology that will enable JLR to source premium materials with greater transparency as to the provenance, welfare and compliance of suppliers throughout its networks.

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Kenya adopts nine standards in leather and footwear

Kenya
Published:  16 December, 2020

Footwear and leather goods manufacturers in Kenya can now access regional markets following the adoption by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) of nine new standards for leather, hides and skins, and footwear.

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Vietnam’s footwear exports forecast to increase 50% by 2025

Vietnam
Published:  15 December, 2020

Free trade agreements such as the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are expected to boost the country’s production and exports.

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Stahl implements blockchain solution to share sustainability credentials

The Netherlands
Published:  14 December, 2020

The specialty chemical manufacturer said the solution will enable the company to improve the way it shares and verifies its products’ sustainability credentials with brands that use materials treated with Stahl chemicals.

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