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CLE demands increase in duty free for leather garments

India
Published:  16 September, 2019

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) has praised the recent measures announced by the government to boost exports and has demanded an increase in duty free limit for leather garments.

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Nigeria targets development of livestock sector

Nigeria
Published:  16 September, 2019

The government of Nigeria has officially launched the 2019-28 National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) aimed at supporting the development of the country’s livestock sector and to ease tensions between herdsmen and farmers.

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Amazon fires hitting farms and killing animals

Brazil
Published:  13 September, 2019

The blazes have reached various properties in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, destroying crops and killing cattle.

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Eight tanneries help Gucci become carbon neutral

Worldwide
Published:  13 September, 2019

The Italian luxury fashion brand has announced it is now “entirely carbon neutral” and that it has redefined ‘carbon neutral’ to account for all its operations, including its entire supply chain. Actions include upcycling leather and focussing on sourcing raw materials from preferred countries and production systems that have a lower environmental impact.

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Indian leather sector to benefit from incentives

India
Published:  13 September, 2019

The Indian government is said to be considering to increase the leather sector’s entitlement rate for the duty-free import of raw materials from 3% to 5%.

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Management changes at Lederzentrum

Germany
Published:  13 September, 2019

Following the merger of Lederzentrum with LeTec in 2016, the final step in the amalgamation of the businesses, which specialise in leather care products for a vast range of private and corporate clients, has been completed, with key personnel changes to the management board.

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Sustained growth for Hermès Leather Goods and Saddlery division

Worldwide
Published:  13 September, 2019

Consolidated revenue for the luxury Group amounted to €3,284 million in the first half of 2019, up +15% at current exchange rates and +12% at constant exchange rates. Recurring operating income also increased to reach €1,144 million (34.8% of sales).

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Construction of ISA TanTec’s new Vietnam tannery well advanced

Vietnam
Published:  13 September, 2019

The construction of the international tanning Group’s fifth facility worldwide reached its full height in less than three months since the ground breaking.

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Australia’s cattle inventory declines

Australia
Published:  12 September, 2019

As of June 30, Australia’s cattle inventory declined an estimated 7.3% year-on-year.

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Court ruling dismisses action against false ‘leather’ labelling

Germany
Published:  12 September, 2019

On September 10, the Regional Court of Hannover, Germany, dismissed the action by Verband der Deutschen Lederindustrie (German Leather Federation) against vegan accessories brand Nuuwai. The federation had filed preliminary injuction proceedings for misleading advertising of the brand’s handbags made with ‘apple leather’.

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Cattle herd in Egypt on the rise

Egypt
Published:  10 September, 2019

Pursuing the policy to increase its national herd, Egypt’s Ministry of Agriculture is prohibiting the slaughter of cattle under 400kg and two years of age.

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Tannery workers without wages for several months

Bangladesh
Published:  10 September, 2019

Over 200 workers from three different tanneries in Bangladesh claim they have received no wages for several months.

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Brazilian wet-blue exports up in volume

Brazil
Published:  10 September, 2019

The overall exports of Brazilian leather totalled US$86.2 million in August, down 25.6% year-on-year.

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Vietnam footwear and leather goods exports keep going strong

Vietnam
Published:  10 September, 2019

Vietnam’s exports of footwear and handbags increased 13.1% and 10.9% in value, respectively, in the first eight months of 2019.

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Chen Zhanguang, Secretary General, China Leather Industry Association

Varied performance for China’s Leather and Footwear Industry

China
Published:  09 September, 2019

Speaking during the China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), Chen Zhanguang, Secretary General of the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), outlined the challenges and opportunities the domestic leather industry faces, with intensification of trade protectionism, the Sino-U.S. trade frictions and a rapid development of textile and synthetic materials putting greater pressure on the import and export of China’s leather industry. 

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Michael Duck, Director, APLF

Mixed market sentiment following ACLE 2019

China
Published:  09 September, 2019

Discussions about the U.S.-China trade war, falling raw materials prices, a generally strained economic climate as well as an uncertain future outlook for the leather industry dominated conversations between exhibitors and visitors of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), which took place September 3-5 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre Pudong. 

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H&M suspends orders of Brazilian leather

Worldwide
Published:  09 September, 2019

The low-cost international fashion manufacturer and retailer said it is temporarily halting leather purchases from Brazil over worries about the Amazon fires and deforestation.

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Calzados Vicenza

Lower Mexican footwear exports in H1

Mexico
Published:  09 September, 2019

Footwear exports from Mexico were down 5.3% in the first half of 2019, and domestic manufacturers fear a further increase in imports from Asia.

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Global luxury apparel market to reach US$2.63 billion by 2026

Worldwide
Published:  09 September, 2019

Valued at US$1.56 billion in 2017, the global luxury apparel market is expected to reach US$2.63 billion by 2026 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 6.75%.

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Timberland commits to plant 50 million trees

Worldwide
Published:  09 September, 2019

The U.S. headquartered footwear and lifestyle brand said it commits to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025 as part of its pursuit of a greener future.

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Beaulieu-sur-Layon workshop

Louis Vuitton inaugurates 16th workshop in France

France
Published:  06 September, 2019

The French luxury brand now counts 24 workshops worldwide, of which 16 in France.

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French beef processor buys majority stake in Nick Winters Group

France
Published:  06 September, 2019

France’s leading beef processor has acquired a majority stake in the wet-blue distribution specialist.

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New association to represent Zimbabwe’s leather sector

Zimbabwe
Published:  06 September, 2019

Tanners and local finished product manufacturers in Zimbabwe have created a new association, which aims to effectively lobby Government to enact policies aimed at the industry.

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From left: Li Yuzhong, CLIA president; U.S Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad; Stephen Sothmann, President, USHSLA

U.S. Ambassador to China visits ACLE

China
Published:  05 September, 2019

Terry Branstad, U.S. Ambassador to China, visited the U.S. pavilion and held private talks with representatives of the Chinese leather industry (CLIA) during his visit to the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai on September 3.

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Jeanete Jost Collet, owner, Jost & Collet Consultancy

Call for innovation dominates Shanghai shake-up

China
Published:  05 September, 2019

Innovation was the central theme during a series of talks and discussions at the ‘Shanghai Shakeup’, held on September 4 as part of the All China Leather Exhibition’s (ACLE) events and seminar programme.

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USHSLA brings leather to Shanghai catwalk

China
Published:  04 September, 2019

The inaugural Forever Leather Fashion Show, which took place on September 3 at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai and was hosted by the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) in conjunction with the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), was hailed a success, with over 200 invited guests, media and key representatives from across the leather industry in attendance.

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Industry gathers at ACLE Shanghai

China
Published:  03 September, 2019

The first day of the fair kicked off on Tuesday, September 3, at the SNIEC in Shanghai, with a steady stream of domestic and international visitors, much to the relief of exhibitors, who had been bracing themselves for a quieter turnout amid the challenging global trading climate. 

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New UK footwear trade show to launch in 2020

United Kingdom
Published:  03 September, 2019

Its first edition, to take place in February 2020 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, a city located in the West Midlands region of England, overlaps with Micam Milano.

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Stock prices decline for Bangladesh’s leather sector companies

Bangladesh
Published:  03 September, 2019

Of the six tanning groups currently listed at Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE), five have seen their shares decline due to lack of investor confidence in environmental compliance coupled with the recent raw hide trade crisis.

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Executive and material procurement changes at Guangdong Tannery

China
Published:  03 September, 2019

The Hong Kong headquartered leather processor, which has communicated changes in hides and chemical material purchasing in the second quarter 2019, has re-designated a Director, and announced changes of Chairman and Chairman of Nomination Committee.

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Two events to promote India leather

India
Published:  02 September, 2019

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) is organising two events, in Kolkata and Delhi, to promote the capabilities and developments of the Indian leather industry and its exports.

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Tanners begin to pay raw hide traders in Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Published:  02 September, 2019

After reports that some seasonal small raw hide traders in Tangail, the largest district in Dhaka, are facing huge losses as thousands of pieces of raw hides have remained unsold, local tanners have allegedly begun paying their dues as agreed during a meeting mediated by Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) in August.

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JBS Couros holds occupational safety training course

Brazil
Published:  02 September, 2019

Held in July at its Barra do Garças factory, located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the course organised by JBS Couros focussed on practical demonstrations.

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JBS uses satellite for cattle supply monitoring

Brazil
Published:  30 August, 2019

Speaking during an event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gilberto Tomazoni, CEO of Brazilian giant meatpacker JBS, said the Company is using satellites to monitor an area of ​​450,000 sq m in the country to ensure that it is not buying cattle from deforested areas.

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Scottish sheepskin producer switches to veg tanning

United Kingdom
Published:  30 August, 2019

Skyeskyns, whose most premium quality sheepskins are machine washable, is now using mimosa bark to tan its sheepskins.

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Australian authorities seize drugs disseminated in cowhides

Australia
Published:  30 August, 2019

More than 750 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine (ice) was found inside a shipment of raw animal hides from Mexico, according to the Australian Federal Police.

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New incentives for Bangladesh’s leather industry

Bangladesh
Published:  29 August, 2019

The government of Bangladesh has approved different types of incentives to help boost the country’s leather sector.

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Fears repercussion over Amazon fire may impact Brazilian tanners

Brazil
Published:  29 August, 2019

Some international brands are reported to have cancelled orders for Brazilian leather due to concerns over the environmental management of the Amazon fire.

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Audi's Neckarsulm site, Germany

Demand for electric vehicles drives growth in EU car market

Europe
Published:  29 August, 2019

A total of 1.33 million vehicles were registered marking the highest July volume since 2007. Registrations were up 1.2% during the month, however, the overall market is down 2.5% so far in 2019.

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U.S. footwear sector calls on Trump to cancel further taxes

United States
Published:  29 August, 2019

Over 200 U.S. footwear companies, including brands and retailers, sent a joint letter to President Trump on August 28, pledging that his proposed higher taxes on footwear imported from China, set to take effect on September 1, be cancelled.

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Thousands of raw hides still unsold in Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Published:  28 August, 2019

An estimated 30,000 pieces of raw hides remain unsold in Bangladesh following the Eid al-Adha Islamic festival, which took place August 10-14 this year and traditionally represents 80% of all hides collected by tanners across the country annually.

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Higher U.S. cattle slaughter in July

United States
Published:  28 August, 2019

Commercial cattle slaughter in the U.S. totalled 2.94 million head in July, up 6% from the same month in 2018.

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Final negotiation phase for Yves Saint Laurent in Tuscany

Italy
Published:  28 August, 2019

The French luxury label is reported to be in the final stages of negotiating a 20-year lease to establish a leather handbags manufacturing complex at near Florence, Italy.

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Approved Kanpur tanneries to operate at reduced capacity

India
Published:  27 August, 2019

The Uttar Pradesh district administration has given le go ahead to 101 tanneries to resume operations at 50% of production capacity.

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Bangladesh’s Industry Secretary says Savar CETP fully operational

Bangladesh
Published:  27 August, 2019

Abdul Halim, Bangladesh’s Industries Secretary told local media on August 17 that the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Savar is now fully operational, however, recent local reports allege the opposite.

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U.S. wet-blue exports to China targeted for additional 5% tariff

China/United States
Published:  27 August, 2019

The vast majority of U.S. wet-blue and salted hides exported to China seem to be targeted for an additional 5% tariff increase as from December 15, 2019.

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Bankrupt Ethiopian tannery has new owner

Ethiopia
Published:  23 August, 2019

The tannery has been acquired by one of Africa’s biggest shoe manufacturers, located in Addis Ababa.

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Spanish footwear production increase slightly in 2018

Spain
Published:  23 August, 2019

Footwear production in Spain reached 99 million pairs in 2018, up 0.8% in volume and +4.8% in value.

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Bangladesh tanners agree to clear dues to hide traders

Bangladesh
Published:  23 August, 2019

An agreement was reached on August 23 following an earlier announcement by the Bangladesh Hide and Skin Merchants Association that they would not sell hide to tanners until their dues were paid.

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Tannery pollution aggravating monsoon floods in Punjab

India
Published:  23 August, 2019

The recent heavy rainfall in northern India and the release of excess water from dams built over the Sutlej river have flooded villages, caused damage to crops, affected livestock and is leading to a mass evacuation of residents.

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