China bans German hides following blue tongue outbreak

China/Germany
Published:  22 October, 2020

On October 21, news began to surface that China had imposed a ban on German hides following a blue tongue out-break, which affects ruminate animals.

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Prof Mwinyikione Mwinyihija

ICT announces new President

Worldwide
Published:  22 October, 2020

Prof Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), is the new President of the International Council of Tanners (ICT).

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Tanzania imports 50 million pairs of shoes annually

Tanzania
Published:  22 October, 2020

Despite having a more significant number of livestock, Tanzania’s hide exports still lag behind other African countries such as South Africa, and it produces very little semi-finished leather.

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Danish upholstery manufacturer to build new production plant

Ukraine
Published:  21 October, 2020

The family-owned furniture business reportedly plans to invest €11 million in the construction of a new production plant for designer furniture, which includes leather sofas and armchairs.

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India’s leather exports pick up

India
Published:  21 October, 2020

According to Aqeel Ahmed Panaruna, Chairman, CLE, India’s leather exports are now close to pre-pandemic levels.

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Gilberto Tomazoni

JBS says way forward is more beef, less land

Worldwide
Published:  21 October, 2020

Speaking during a panel discussion on October 16, the CEO of the Brazil headquartered meat processing giant said they could guarantee that 100% of the Group’s direct suppliers do not deforest the Amazon. 

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UNIC supports restoration of Pompeii tannery

Italy
Published:  21 October, 2020

The tannery complex, the only one so far identified in Pompeii, occupies almost an entire block (insula 5) of the ancient city.

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EVFTA main driver of growth for Vietnam footwear exports

Vietnam
Published:  20 October, 2020

The EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) is reported to be the biggest driver for the growth of Vietnam’s footwear industry since it came into effect.

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Australian mining magnate acquires R.M. Williams

Australia
Published:  19 October, 2020

The Australian leather footwear and apparel brand planned to make 500,000 pairs of shoes annually by 2023.

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Solid waste piling up at Savar

Bangladesh
Published:  19 October, 2020

Solid waste from the tanneries located at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE) is being dumped in a nearby open field.

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ISA TanTec launches Creation of Sustainable Materials division

Macau
Published:  19 October, 2020

The international tanning Group has announced the launch of Creation of Sustainable Materials (COSM) Division, specialised in the development and production of additional sustainable products alongside its leather production.

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EU passenger car registrations up 3.1% in September

Europe
Published:  16 October, 2020

Passenger car registrations in the European Union increased 3.1% in September. Between January and September registrations were down 28.8%.

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Volga Tannery defends leather in Russian media

Russia
Published:  16 October, 2020

Located in Ostashkov, Russia’s Tver Region, the tannery has recently joined the Leather Naturally initiative.

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Sukarne claims hides 100% traceable

Mexico
Published:  15 October, 2020

Mexico’s largest meat processor said it is now providing comprehensive and quantifiable traceability for 100% of its hides. The protocol named “SK3” seeks to address animal welfare and to raise industry standards

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California judge rules against ban on exotic leather

United States
Published:  15 October, 2020

A U.S. federal judge has issued an injunction barring the state of California from enforcing a law that criminalises the sale and imports of alligator and crocodile leather and leather goods.

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Stahl increases online presence in China

China
Published:  15 October, 2020

The Dutch specialty chemicals manufacturer has launched a Chinese website and is increasing presence on Chinese social networks, such as WeChat, Baidu and Yuku to enhance digital customer engagement in the country.

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New Zealand beef farms becoming carbon neutral

New Zealand
Published:  14 October, 2020

Local researchers claim that beef and sheep farmers in New Zealand are in the path to becoming carbon neutral.

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Bangladesh’s leather export target revised

Bangladesh
Published:  14 October, 2020

Investors from Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam have been in contact with leather goods and footwear manufacturers in Bangladesh, according to local media reports.

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Australia records highest number of graded cattle

Australia
Published:  14 October, 2020

A record-breaking 3.8 million Australian cattle were graded in 2019-20.

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Blockchain technology could boost global GDP by US$1.76 trillion

Worldwide
Published:  14 October, 2020

The tracking and tracing of products and services are said to have the largest economic potential at US$962 billion.

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Smit & zoon announces strategic partnership with BioProTech Italia

Europe
Published:  13 October, 2020

Dutch multinational Smit & Zoon and BioProTech Italia are joining forces in the areas of development, production, and marketing of zeolite products for tanning and retanning.  

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EABC report addresses weaknesses of the leather industry

East Africa
Published:  13 October, 2020

The report outlines how, with over 118 million livestock, the East African countries provide a good resource base for the production of hides and skins, but are missing out billions of dollars in earnings due to a lack of adequate investment in the sector. 

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CEC shares achievements of project targeting “Zero Waste to Landfill”

Europe
Published:  12 October, 2020

Two years after the launch of the LIFE GreenShoes4All project co-funded by the European Commission, “Footwear environmental footprint category rules implementation and innovative green shoes ecodesign and recycling”, the consortium shares the achievements toward a circular economy, targeting “Zero Waste to Landfill”. 

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Chanel acquires Italian shoemaker

Italy
Published:  12 October, 2020

The French luxury fashion label is reported to have acquired Ballin, a Venice headquartered high-end footwear brand. 

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Brazilian leather exports improve in September

Brazil
Published:  12 October, 2020

According to figures analysed by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), official data points to an improvement of the leather export figures in September, year-on-year and also for the first time in 2020. 

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LWG launches two new audit protocols

Worldwide
Published:  09 October, 2020

The Leather Working Group (LWG) has launched two new standards aimed at assessing manufacturers completing subcontracting operations on behalf of their customers and companies commissioning 100% of their operations out to subcontractors; the Subcontractor Audit Protocol and the Commissioning Manufacturer Audit Protocol.

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Savar tanneries fined for environmental damage

Bangladesh
Published:  09 October, 2020

The Department of Environment (DoE) has fined eight tanneries at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate for pollution.

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Chinese company partners to supply military footwear in Nigeria

Nigeria
Published:  09 October, 2020

The new factory is to locally manufacture all military and paramilitary garments and footwear for Nigeria.

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Brazilian footwear exports lower as imports rise

Brazil
Published:  08 October, 2020

Footwear exports from Brazil declined 19% in volume in September, while footwear imports into the country rose 10.5% in the same month.

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Migrant workers return to Calcutta Leather Complex (CLC)

India
Published:  08 October, 2020

The Calcutta Leather Complex (CLC) employs an estimated 40,000 workers, many of which are migrants from other regions of India.

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U.S. auto industry shows signs of recovery

United States
Published:  07 October, 2020

The U.S. auto industry is reported to have shown signs of recovery in the third quarter, with strong demand for trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

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Dozens of Sudanese women trained to work in the leather industry

Sudan
Published:  07 October, 2020

After several weeks of advanced training, about 40 women trainees have qualified to work in the Sudanese leather industry.

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China shifts from importing hides to value-added products

China
Published:  07 October, 2020

As consumers in China have more purchasing power, there has been a shift from importing raw materials, such as hides, toward importing meat, dairy, and other value-added products.

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Weak UK new car sales in September

United Kingdom
Published:  06 October, 2020

A total of 328,041 new cars were registered in the UK in September, representing the lowest volume for the month recorded since 1999.

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Jury selects five winning teams for #InMyShoes Talent Shoe contest

Italy
Published:  06 October, 2020

Over 70 footwear students from across Europe had signed up to participate in the second edition of the #InMyShoes Talent contest, organised within the framework of an EU Social Dialogue project promoted by Assocalzaturifici, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) and IndustriAll Europe Trade Union.

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FDRA to discuss developments on Vietnam’s currency manipulation

United States
Published:  05 October, 2020

The U.S. administration is reported to have launched an investigation into an alleged currency manupulation by Vietnam, which could lead the U.S. to impose tariffs on the latter.

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Smit & Zoon launches new tanning concept Zeology

Netherlands
Published:  02 October, 2020

The Dutch chemical specialist is launching Zeology, a new, sustainable tanning concept which is chrome-, heavy-metal- and aldehyde-free and is said to offer superior leather performance. 

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Antitrust class-action lawsuit against U.S. meatpackers dismissed

United States
Published:  02 October, 2020

The U.S. largest meatpackers, including National Beef and JBS, were alleged to have conspired to fix cattle prices.

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Training programme to be launched at Bentala Leather Complex

India
Published:  02 October, 2020

The initiative from the West Bengal government is aimed at quality management training at the tanneries, with modern machinery imported from Italy.

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Pittards revenue declines 45% in first half

United Kingdom
Published:  02 October, 2020

Revenue for the UK headquartered tanner and leather goods producer amounted to £6.6 million (US$8.53 million) for the first half ended June 30, 2020, down from £12.1 million (US$15.65 million) in the comparative period of 2019.

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Domestic demand helps boost Brazilian footwear sector

Brazil
Published:  02 October, 2020

After generating 1,140 new jobs in July, another 6,300 jobs were created in the Brazilian footwear sector in August.

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LHCA call for continued U.S. participation in WTO

United States
Published:  01 October, 2020

The Leather and Hides Council of America (LHCA) has joined more than 60 agriculture organisations in calling for continued U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Pakistan leather exports up 8.39%

Pakistan
Published:  01 October, 2020

Pakistan's leather exports increased 8.39% in the first two months of the current fiscal year 2021 compared with the same period of the prior fiscal year.

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Cross-industry collaboration to scale up sustainable cattle grazing

Worldwide
Published:  01 October, 2020

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is joining the Walmart Foundation, Cargill, and McDonald’s to launch a million-acre grazing initiative to help restore grasslands and address climate change.

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Tanneries in Savar could set up their own ETPs

Bangladesh
Published:  30 September, 2020

Bangladesh’s government is said to be planning to authorise the tanneries at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE) to set up their own effluent treatment plants (ETPs).

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Apex Tannery sign three new contracts for finished leather

Bangladesh
Published:  30 September, 2020

The contracts are said to regard the sale of finished leather of various grades and quality.

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Workshop addresses issues of solid waste and wastewater in Pakistan

Pakistan
Published:  29 September, 2020

The workshop held in Karachi sought to address the issues of solid waste and wastewater in industries that pose serious threats to the environment, particularly in the tanning sector.

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Law Tanning invests US$2.5 million in expansion

United States
Published:  29 September, 2020

The renovation of an old building as a new storage site would enable the tannery to expand its manufacturing capacity.

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Apex Footwear profits nearly halve

Bangladesh
Published:  29 September, 2020

Net profits for Apex Footwear declined 48.49% in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, due to lower sales in both domestic and export markets.

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‘Real Leather. Stay Different.’ student competition concludes in Taiwan

Taiwan
Published:  29 September, 2020

The competition judges selected winners for a product demonstration and awards ceremony held in Taipei on September 8.

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