Successful leather DNA tagging at major Asian tannery

Asia
Published:  13 November, 2019

Applied DNA Sciences, the large-scale Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based DNA manufacturer, announced the successful DNA tagging of leather, involving both suede and other polyurethane leather finishes, at one of the world’s largest tanneries based in Asia.

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Mexico fights against cattle smuggling and beef labelling

Mexico
Published:  12 November, 2019

Challenged by smugglers who now transport cattle by sea, the Mexican government is carrying out operations to verify and control the labelling of beef.

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Brazilian beef exports forecast to grow 10%

Brazil
Published:  12 November, 2019

Between January and October, Brazilian beef exports increased 11% compared with the same period in the previous year. Demand form Southeast Asia is expected to boost exports in 2020.

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Sharp drop in export earnings for Brazilian leather

Brazil
Published:  11 November, 2019

Brazilian leather exports declined 31.2% in value in October to US$83.1 million, year-on-year.

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Final approval for Kolkata ‘mega leather cluster’

India
Published:  11 November, 2019

India’s Central government is reported to have given its final approval for the setting up of the Mega Leather Footwear and Accessories Cluster (MLFAC) in Bantala, a neighbourhood of East Kolkata.

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U.S. duty on footwear imports from China up 53.6%

United States
Published:  11 November, 2019

As U.S. and Chinese officials have allegedly agreed to remove tariffs on certain goods, the average duty on a pair of footwear imported from China into the U.S. increased from US$1.02 in September 2018 to US$1.57 in September 2019 (+53.6%).

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Sialkot tanneries generating air and water pollution

Pakistan
Published:  08 November, 2019

Ten years after launching the construction of the Sialkot Tannery Zone, the concerned authorities have failed in effectively managing the tanneries and in installing the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), it is claimed.

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Aston Martin DBX

Aston Martin’s first SUV features all-leather interior

Worldwide
Published:  08 November, 2019

The Aston Martin DBX, to be unveiled in Beijing, China, on November 20, delivers class-leading space and features an all-leather interior.

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Clarks Desert Stanhope

Clarks’ losses more than double

Worldwide
Published:  07 November, 2019

Sales for the British footwear manufacturer and retailer declined 4.6% to £1.47 billion (US$1.89 billion) for the 52 weeks ending February 2, 2019, with losses more than doubling from £31.3 million (US$40.26 million) to £82.9 million (US$106.65 million). 

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Seat production for BMW3 at Munich plant

BMW on the way to achieve 2019 targets

Worldwide
Published:  07 November, 2019

The German automotive Group recorded growth in deliveries, revenues and earnings in the third quarter of 2009, with net profit increasing at a double-digit percentage rate.

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UK tannery fined for chromium discharge

United Kingdom
Published:  06 November, 2019

The tannery, specialised in wet-blue, has been charged for discharging effluent containing higher than permitted levels of chromium.

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Brazil’s Zero Grau to welcome over 300 exhibitors

Brazil
Published:  05 November, 2019

The footwear and accessories trade show takes place November 18-20 in Gramado, Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

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Income of Spanish livestock farmers 35% below average

Spain
Published:  05 November, 2019

The Union of Agricultural and Livestock Farmers Unions is reported to have prepared a document on measures that can be taken by politicians to improve living and working conditions in the agricultural sector, ahead of the Spanish general election, to take place on November 10.

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Savar far from LWG certification, says Director

Bangladesh
Published:  05 November, 2019

The Leather Working Group (LWG) is due to visit the Savar Tannery Zone in early 2020, but some claim the tanneries are still a long way off from meeting the requirements for certification.

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PTA promotes bilateral leather trade with Bangladesh

Bangladesh
Published:  04 November, 2019

The aim is to increase the trade volume between both countries, which stood at US$18.469 million.

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Zimbabwe tanners' association on leather recovery strategy

Zimbabwe
Published:  04 November, 2019

The recently formed Tanners Footwear Leather Manufacturers of Zimbabwe (TAFLZ) aims to effectively lobby government to enact policies aimed at boosting the country’s leather sector.

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Tannery cluster proposed for Mirsarai

Bangladesh
Published:  01 November, 2019

The second of its kind in the country, a tannery village will be set up in the Mirsarai Economic Zone (MEZ) in Chittagong, as part of Bangabandhu Shilpa Nagari (BSN) 'Industrial city’, covering nearly 300 acres of land.

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Zonta Tannery acquired by Fietta Group

Italy
Published:  01 November, 2019

Italian tannery Zonta has been acquired by the Fietta family, which owns the Fietta tannery, in a deal that was closed on October 21, 2019. 

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European industry will need 400 000 extra workers by 2030

Europe
Published:  01 November, 2019

The European Commission has launched a project to attract young talent to the textile, clothing, tannery and footwear industries amid new data which estimates that up to 400 000 new professionals will be needed in these sectors by 2030.

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JBS reaffirms commitment to animal welfare

Brazil
Published:  01 November, 2019

The Brazilian company has bolstered its adoption of best practices as well as reaffirmed its commitment to animal welfare as a priority with sponsored events and staff awareness activities during Animal Welfare month, which was launched by the Group and is celebrated annually in October. 

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Five-year incentive for Bangladesh’s leather sector

Bangladesh
Published:  31 October, 2019

Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, said financial incentives for the country’s leather sector would continue for at least another five 

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Tanneries ordered to close at Jalandhar leather complex

India
Published:  31 October, 2019

The tanneries and the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) in Jalandhar, Indian state of Punjab, are claimed to not be operating, according to the anti-pollution norms.

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Belarus tannery to supply China and India

Belarus
Published:  31 October, 2019

The announcement was made following a visit to the tannery by Sergei Rumas, the Prime Minister of Belarus, on October 30.

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China reluctant to buy U.S. farm products

China/United States
Published:  30 October, 2019

As the U.S. and China are said to be close to reaching an agreement in the ‘Phase One’ deal, China’s refusal to buy produce from U.S. farms could hinder negotiations.

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Record U.S. beef production in September

United States
Published:  30 October, 2019

With one extra weekday and one less Saturday compared with September 2018, commercial red meat production for the U.S. totalled 4.44 billion pounds in September (+6%), with cattle slaughter up 2% year-on-year.

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Tyson Foods to conduct deforestation risk assessment

United States
Published:  29 October, 2019

The U.S. based meat processor is conducting a deforestation risk assessment across its global agriculture supply chain, including cattle.

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Uzbek leather industry set for growth

Uzbekistan
Published:  29 October, 2019

The country’s leather export volumes are forecast to double in 2020 compared with 2018 figures, according to Fakhriddin Boboev, Chairman, Uzcharmsanoat Association (Association of Leather and Footwear Producers of the Republic of Uzbekistan).

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Mexican shoemakers concerned over lower import taxes

Mexico
Published:  29 October, 2019

Representatives from the Mexican footwear manufacturing sector have rejected the Ministry of the Economy’s proposal of gradually lowering tariffs for imports of footwear and textiles.

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Rocky Long Range waterproof boots

Improved net sales for Rocky Brands

Worldwide
Published:  29 October, 2019

Third quarter net sales for the U.S. headquartered footwear manufacturer increased 2% to US$67.2 million compared with US$65.9 million in the same quarter of 2018. 

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Jaguar Land Rover sales improve in China

Worldwide
Published:  29 October, 2019

Tata Motors, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), posted a smaller-than-expected loss in the second quarter of the company’s fiscal 2020, as sales of its premium cars recorded an improved performance in China.

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Swiss leather testing institute joins Leather Naturally

Worldwide
Published:  29 October, 2019

The independent Swiss testing and certification organisation with a focus on textile and leather testing is the first of its kind to join the Leather Naturally initiative.

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Lear’s Q3 results impacted by slowdown in car industry

Worldwide
Published:  28 October, 2019

The U.S. headquartered supplier of automotive seating and accessories has posted sales of US$4.8 billion for the third quarter of 2019, down from US$4.9 billion in the same quarter of the previous year.

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Sharp drop in revenue for Guangdong Tannery

China
Published:  28 October, 2019

The decline in revenue for the Hong Kong headquartered tannery in the first nine months of the year has been attributed to an overcapacity in the footwear leather market, which resulted in “continuous shrinking demand of the industry”. Its total production volume of cowhides declined 29.5% in the period.

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Mixed second-quarter results for Timberland

Worldwide
Published:  28 October, 2019

Revenue growth for VF Corporation in the second-quarter of its fiscal 2020 was mainly driven by its two largest brands, Vans and The North Face, which grew 16% and 10% respectively in the quarter.

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Savar tanneries urged to set up own ETP

Bangladesh
Published:  25 October, 2019

As Bangladesh’s leather exports record another downturn in fiscal 2018-2019, some claim tanneries in Savar should set up their own treatment plants to ensure environmental compliance.

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Environmental awareness raising workshop for Sialkot tanners

Pakistan
Published:  24 October, 2019

Held at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) under the auspices of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the workshop brought together tanners, representatives from the Sialkot Tannery Zone Association and from the SCCI and Environment Protection Agency (EPA), climate change experts and students from local universities.

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Tannery plots cancelled in Savar

Bangladesh
Published:  24 October, 2019

Bangladesh’s Ministry of Industries is reported to have cancelled the plots of 11 tanneries in Savar for failure of having their units constructed in the stipulated time.

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ANPIC hosts a series of seminars on business and fashion

Mexico
Published:  24 October, 2019

The 54th edition of ANPIC taking place October 23-25 in Guanajuato, Mexico, welcomes 340 exhibiting companies.

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USHSLA clarifies fur and exotic leather ban in California

United States
Published:  23 October, 2019

Following the State of California’s ban on the sale of fur and exotic skins, the U.S. Hides Skin and Leather Association has confirmed that leather products originated from cattle, deer, sheep and goats that keep the hair on are not concerned by the ban.

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Spanish cattle impacted by lack of pastures

Spain
Published:  22 October, 2019

Adverse weather conditions in Spain are said to be directly affecting farmers, who express concerns about the lack of pastures.

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Swiss watch exports return to growth in September

Switzerland
Published:  22 October, 2019

Swiss watch exports increased 10.2% in value in September to CHF1.8 billion (US$1.82 billion).

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Egypt’s leather exports decline sharply

Egypt
Published:  22 October, 2019

Leather exports from Egypt declined 31.5% in the first eight months of 2019, according to Egypt’s Export Council for Leather Industries.

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Brazilian footwear production to increase 3% in 2019

Brazil
Published:  22 October, 2019

An increase in the country’s GDP, the proposed Social Security Reform and the effects of the U.S.-China trade war could benefit the Brazilian footwear sector.

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Celine’s new leather goods factory in Tuscany

Italy
Published:  21 October, 2019

Located among the vineyards of the Italian region of Tuscany, the new factory of the French luxury brand, part of the LVMH Group, was officially inaugurated on October 17.

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100 tanneries to shift from Kanpur to Kolkata

India
Published:  21 October, 2019

Since the announcement in July by India’s West Bengal government of several new tannery allotments at the Calcutta Leather Complex, 100 tanneries from Kanpur and Chennai are said to be relocating there.

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U.S. Senators call for investigation into JBS USA practices

United States
Published:  21 October, 2019

On October 8, two U.S. Senators sent a letter to Steven Mnuchin, U.S. Secretary of Treasury, in which they asked the Committee of Foreign Investment to formally open a review of the Brazilian meat processing giant.

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Dr Wolfram Scholz

New Chair of Environmental Commission at IULTCS

Worldwide
Published:  21 October, 2019

The International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemical Societies (IULTCS) has announced a new Chair of Environmental Commission for the next four years.

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Duties on chemicals affecting Bangladesh’s crust exports

Bangladesh
Published:  18 October, 2019

In the July-September period of the current fiscal year 2019-20, Bangladesh’s exports of leather and leather products fell 5.06%, year-on-year.

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Upholstery producer shortens lead time between Brazil and Italy

United States
Published:  18 October, 2019

A U.S. furniture manufacturer is launching a new sofa line with leather sourced from ‘Blue Angel’ certified tanneries, and with cut-and-sew operations done in Brazil to support production in its Mississippi plant.

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JBS Couros Marabá unit awarded CSCB Gold Seal

Brazil
Published:  18 October, 2019

The wet-blue specialist has received the Gold Seal from the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB).

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