Debağ Kimya achieves ZDHC conformance Level 1

Turkey
Published:  06 August, 2020

The Turkish chemical manufacturer has achieved ZDHC conformance Level 1 for the Gateway Listed products, after undergoing the Chem-MAP ZDHC Certification process.

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Hides prices drop 50% in Pakistan

Pakistan
Published:  05 August, 2020

Hide prices in Pakistan are reported to have reached historical lows during the Eid al-Adha Islamic festival, which took place July 30 – August 3 this year.

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Fendi invests €57 million in Florence expansion

Italy
Published:  05 August, 2020

The new facility is to be equipped with machinery in line with industry 4.0 criteria and is expected to create an additional 133 jobs.

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Kanpur-Unnao leather cluster gradually recovering from pandemic

India
Published:  05 August, 2020

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) said the tanneries in the leather cluster of Kanpur, state of Uttar Pradesh, are gradually recovering from the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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APICCAPS launches 10th edition of World Footwear Yearbook

Worldwide
Published:  04 August, 2020

The Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers Association (APPICAPS) has launched the 10th edition of its World Footwear Yearbook, which analyses the most important trends across the global footwear industry in 2019.

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Raw hides dumped on streets during Eid al-Adha

Bangladesh
Published:  04 August, 2020

Cheap prices have led to traders dumping unsold raw hides on the streets of Chittagong, a large port city on the south eastern coast of Bangladesh.

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Kanpur tannery owner arrested for money laundering

India
Published:  03 August, 2020

A tannery owner in Kanpur was arrested on July 30 over a US$7.4 million bank fraud.

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Namibia seeks private funds to upgrade tannery

Namibia
Published:  03 August, 2020

The tannery lacks sufficient funds from the Government to finish the mechanical and electrical installations.

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Nike and Puma allegedly breeching law on kangaroo leather

United States
Published:  03 August, 2020

An animal rights group claims that 93% of major online retailers are illegally selling products made from kangaroo leather in the U.S. state of California.

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Pasubio triples employee bonuses

Italy
Published:  31 July, 2020

The automotive upholstery leather tanner has announced it will triple bonuses for its employees, despite the uncertainties in the market caused by the pandemic. Overall, the company will allocate vouchers and premiums worth €350,000.

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Digital platforms set to aid recovery of Indian leather sector

India
Published:  31 July, 2020

The India Council for Leather Exports (CLE) is organising virtual leather fairs, exhibitions and b2b-meetings in various countries with support of Indian Embassies in a bid to aid and facilitate the recovery of India’s leather sector, which has been badly affected by the Coronavirus crisis but is said to be showing good signs of revival.

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Foreign demand for beef drives growth at Minerva

Published:  31 July, 2020

Strong foreign demand for beef was one of the key drivers of positive results at Minerva Foods, the biggest meat exporting company in South America during Q2 this year. 

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Tyson Foods launches new nationwide Covid-19 monitoring strategy

United States
Published:  31 July, 2020

As part of its commitment to employee safety and efforts to protect workers from Covid-19, Tyson Foods is launching a new monitoring program as well as expanding its occupational health staff, including a new Chief Medical Officer position.

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Chanel buys another Italian tannery

France / Italy
Published:  30 July, 2020

The French luxury brand has reportedly acquired Italian tannery Conceria Gaiera in a bid to further increase control of its leather supply chain. 

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China issues regulation requiring testing for meat and by-product imports

China
Published:  30 July, 2020

China's National Health Commission (NHC) has issued a notice establishing additional Covid-19 guidelines for meat processing companies. 

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Demand for new electrified vehicles continues in June

Europe
Published:  29 July, 2020

Uncertainty continued to spread across the European new car market in June. According to Jato Dynamics data, 1.13 million units were registered last month, indicating a drop of 24% compared with the 1.49 million new cars registered in June 2019. 

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Lower slaughter rate expected during Eid celebrations

Pakistan
Published:  29 July, 2020

With Eid-ul-Adha celebrations approaching, this year fewer animals are expected to be slaughtered amid the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Strengthening Vocational Education and Training across TCLF industries

Europe
Published:  28 July, 2020

The Erasmus+ Blueprint Textile Clothing Leather Footwear (TCLF) Industries 2030 project consortium organised a public webinar titled ‘Modernising VET for Economic Recovery and Innovation in Europe’s Fashion Industry Regions and Clusters” on July 15, 2020, to emphasise the relevant role of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in developing applied innovation in TCLF industries and support the economic recovery and further growth of EU regions. 

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Cortume Krumenauer celebrates first month of leather e-commerce

Brazil
Published:  28 July, 2020

The tannery has completed the first month of sales through its Sculp Leather Store, an e-commerce site which allows consumers, designers, artisans and anyone interested in leather to buy small quantities online.

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Scottish Leather Group expands with new cutting plant

United Kingdom
Published:  28 July, 2020

Renfrewshire Council and Scottish Leather Group have agreed a deal to take over the Chivas Brothers former whisky site in Paisley, near Glasgow with plans to build a car seat upholstery cutting and sewing plant.

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Bangladesh government fixes raw material prices ahead of Eid

Bangladesh
Published:  27 July, 2020

The government has set the price for raw hides of sacrificial animals ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, stating that it will allow exports to ensure fair prices, if necessary.

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Sharp drop in exports of leather and leather goods from India

India
Published:  27 July, 2020

The Council for Leather Exports (CLE) in India has published export data for leather and finished leather goods for the current year, which shows a steep decline compared with the same period last year. The export numbers underline the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on trade during April to June 2020. 

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Tanneries warned of legal action over child labour

Bangladesh
Published:  24 July, 2020

The Bangladesh government has threatened tanners with legal action over employment of child labour in the leather sector for transporting, processing and preserving raw hides during Eid-ul-Azha. 

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Dani extends Instant Service to the automotive sector

Italy
Published:  23 July, 2020

The Italian tanning group has extended its Instant Service, which allows online ordering of key products, to the automotive sector. 

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Luís Onofre re-elected as APICCAPS President

Portugal
Published:  22 July, 2020

Luís Onofre has been re-elected as President of APICCAPS (Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association) for a new three-year term.

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Boxmark to showcase latest products in digital format

Austria
Published:  22 July, 2020

Due to the cancellation or postponement of key industry trade fairs, the Austrian upholstery leather specialist will be showing its latest innovation and product trends in aviation in a newly launched ‘virtual exhibition stand’. 

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U.S. meatpackers install air cleaning tech in processing plants

United States
Published:  21 July, 2020

JBS USA and Tyson Foods are reported to have installed air cleaning technology as a means to increase employee protection during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Pittards secures US$1.26 million coronavirus loan

United Kingdom
Published:  21 July, 2020

The UK headquartered manufacturer of specialty leather said that, in order to supplement its existing facilities and strengthen its liquidity, it has successfully secured and drawn down a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) of £1 million (US$1.26 million).

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Stella Group proceeds with expansion plans despite difficult trading climate

Hong Kong
Published:  20 July, 2020

The Hong Kong headquartered designer, manufacturer and retailer of footwear and leather goods, including brands such as What For and Stella Luna, announced its unaudited second quarter business update for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2020, stating that the Group’s financial position remains solid with sufficient cash on hand and total undrawn bank facilities of over US$180 million.  

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Boxmark Leather to lay off 350 workers

Slovenia
Published:  20 July, 2020

According to local media, the Slovenian car upholstery manufacturer is set to lay off another 350 workers by the end of September as a result of the coronavirus crisis and a drop in orders from the automotive industry. 

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U.S. footwear sector remains under pressure

United States
Published:  17 July, 2020

U.S. trade association Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) has released latest data from the North American shoe marketplace, revealing a continued difficult trading climate for the sector. 

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India sees rise in demand for industrial leather gloves

Published:  17 July, 2020

According to media reports, India is experiencing a rise in orders for industrial leather gloves from across the world, in particular from mining companies, as economic activities gradually resume amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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EU car registrations decline 38.1% in first half

Europe
Published:  16 July, 2020

EU demand for new passenger cars contracted 38.1% as the result of four consecutive months of unprecedented declines across the region.

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Amin Tannery’s sales up 41.22% in first quarter

India
Published:  16 July, 2020

The higher sales have helped the tannery to narrow the losses recorded in the same quarter of 2019.

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India demands “country of origin” labelling for e-commerce

India
Published:  15 July, 2020

India is seeking to make it mandatory to display the ‘country of origin’ for products sold on e-commerce platforms starting August 1.

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Market value for meat co-products losing attractiveness

New Zealand
Published:  15 July, 2020

Apart from meal and tallow, the market value for by-products from the meat processing industry is reported to have suffered significantly in recent years, with the leather industry in New Zealand seeing prices for hides and, more particularly, pelts lose much of their value.

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Hermès winning case of “unfair competition” in Korea

South Korea
Published:  13 July, 2020

The case against a Korean fashion label has been ongoing since 2015.

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Brazilian leather export earnings almost halve in June

Brazil
Published:  10 July, 2020

Leather exports from Brazil declined 47% in value in June compared with the same month in 2019.

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Covid-free certifications no longer needed from U.S. exporters

China/United States
Published:  10 July, 2020

According to the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA), U.S. exporters no longer need to submit a certification to Chinese importers to attest that the products shipped to China are not contaminated with Covid-19.

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TCLF social partners outline impact of Covid-19

Europe
Published:  10 July, 2020

The European Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) social partners said the disruption of supply chains and the shutdown of retail outlets due to the Covid-19 pandemic completely destabilised these industries by dramatically reducing sales, leading to extreme contractions of revenues and financial distress for companies across all value chains.

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Mulberry could close UK production site

United Kingdom
Published:  10 July, 2020

The British fashion and accessories brand, which is preparing to permanently close down its offices in Paris and Hong Kong, is also reportedly considering to discontinue its footwear line.

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Italy’s footwear exports down 14.7% in first quarter

Italy
Published:  10 July, 2020

In the first three months of the year, Italy exported a total of 52.7 million pairs of footwear, a 14.7% decline compared with the same period in 2019.

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Bangladesh’s annual leather exports decline 22%

Bangladesh
Published:  09 July, 2020

Exports of leather and footwear from Bangladesh declined 22% in fiscal year 2019-20, which has just concluded.

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Covid-19 pandemic forces New Zealand tannery to lay off workers

New Zealand
Published:  08 July, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is said to have caused a significant decrease in orders for finished leather from the automotive and aviation sectors.

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Packer Leather prepares to upgrade operations

Australia
Published:  08 July, 2020

The tannery is one of the companies involved in a local government project that seeks to drive economic recovery through business growth and greater job creation.

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ECHA regulations drive companies to replace harmful substances

Europe
Published:  08 July, 2020

A survey of industry associations has shown that about 19% of companies have cited restriction as the main reason for replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.

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India’s leather exports down 10.89% in fiscal 2019-20

India
Published:  07 July, 2020

India’s leather exports are said to have been severely affected so far into the current financial year due to the Covid -19 pandemic.

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CEC to focus on helping small businesses become more resilient

Europe
Published:  07 July, 2020

Following a partners meeting in June, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) said the project consortium composed of national and regional authorities and business associations from Greece, Spain, Lithuania, and Poland are moving forward with planned activities to help small businesses become more resilient.

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Australian auto leather supplier forecasts profits down 25%

Australia
Published:  07 July, 2020

The company said its operations have been significantly impacted by market volatility resulting from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Brazilian footwear exports up 32.7% in June

Brazil
Published:  07 July, 2020

After four consecutive months of decline, footwear exports from Brazil increased 32.7% in June to 3.6 million pairs.

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