New owner for New Zealand Light Leathers

New Zealand
Published:  17 January, 2020

Located in South Canterbury, the tannery has been acquired by New Zealand’s biggest finished leather producer.

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New President for Santa Croce Tanners Association

Italy
Published:  17 January, 2020

The board of the association has unanimously appointed its first female President, succeeding Alessandro Francioni, who resigned from the role in November.

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U.S. beef processors seek to dismiss lawsuit

United States
Published:  16 January, 2020

Lawyers for the U.S. largest beef processing companies, including Tyson and JBS, are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed against these companies which accuses them of an alleged scheme to drive beef prices down.

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India’s overall exports decline for fifth consecutive month

India
Published:  16 January, 2020

India’s overall exports declined 1.8% to US$27.4 billion in December, due to a fall in shipments from sectors such as leather and chemicals.

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UNIC meets with tanning sector trade unions

Italy
Published:  16 January, 2020

Held in Milan on January 15, the first meeting was aimed at renewing the Contratto Collettivo Nazionale di Lavoro (CCNL), a state collective employment agreement, and to foster a continuous dialogue between the concerned parties.

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Lower Brazilian leather exports in 2019

Brazil
Published:  16 January, 2020

In December 2019, Brazilian leather exports fell 21.7% to US$82.6 million compared with the same month in the previous year. For 2019, exports were down 20.3%.

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Exports of U.S. wet-blue declined in November

United States
Published:  15 January, 2020

U.S. cured cattle hide exports declined 15% in volume and 32% in value in November 2019 compared with the same month in the previous year.

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Brazilian footwear exports remain flat in 2019

Brazil
Published:  15 January, 2020

In 2019, footwear shipments from Brazil declined 0.9% in value to US$967 million, and increased 0.9% in volume compared with the previous year.

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Deadline extension for Italian sludge treatment plant bids

Italy
Published:  14 January, 2020

Italian water companies Acque del Chiampo and Medio Chiampo have announced a deadline extension for the international tender regarding the construction of a plant to treat dried sludge of the Arzignano tannery district, the largest in Europe. 

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Bangladesh plans to set up three leather goods industrial parks

Bangladesh
Published:  14 January, 2020

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) is reported to be considering the construction of three industrial parks to meet domestic demand for footwear and leather goods.

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Yves Saint Laurent signs agreement for new leather goods factory

Italy
Published:  13 January, 2020

The luxury French fashion Maison is reported to have signed an agreement for the construction of a new leather goods factory in the Italian region of Tuscany.

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APICCAPS launches action plan for sustainability

Portugal
Published:  10 January, 2020

On December 5, the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers Association (APICCAPS) unveiled the ‘Action Plan of the Footwear Cluster for Sustainability’.

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Ethiopia waives export tax on hides and skins

Ethiopia
Published:  10 January, 2020

The government of Ethiopia announced it has lifted the export tax on hides and skins, effective January 6.

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Zschimmer & Schwarz acquires Italian chemical supplier

Italy
Published:  09 January, 2020

The Germany headquartered chemical manufacturer has acquired a major stake in the Italian producer of finishing and pigment solutions.

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Scottish Leather Group signs new contract with water supplier

United Kingdom
Published:  09 January, 2020

The contract concerns water and wastewater services, as well as support with the disposal of tannery effluent.

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Losses persist for UK leather jacket specialist

United Kingdom
Published:  08 January, 2020

Well known for its motorcycle fashion, Belstaff is reported to have posted a £48 million (US$63.12 million) loss during 2018.

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Brazilian beef exports rise in 2019

Brazil
Published:  08 January, 2020

Brazilian beef exports reached record volume in 2019, boosted by demand from China.

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Buckman joins ZDHC Programme

United States
Published:  07 January, 2020

The U.S. based specialty chemical supplier announced it has joined the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme, which addresses hazardous substances that may be discharged into the environment during the manufacture of materials used in industries such as leather and footwear.

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Kenya’s leather exports impacted by U.S. – China trade war

Kenya
Published:  07 January, 2020

The steep fall in export earnings from the leather sector has been blamed on lower demand from China and the rise in use of alternative materials.

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‘Made In Green’ by OEKO-TEX now includes leather

Switzerland
Published:  07 January, 2020

Switzerland headquartered independent testing and certification system for leather and textiles, OEKO-TEX has updated its existing guidelines as well as the valid test criteria and limit values for certifications and services.

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Nike’s Atsuma seeks to reduce material waste

Worldwide
Published:  06 January, 2020

Released on January 1, Nike’s new classically styled runner, the Atsuma, is produced by reducing material waste while increasing pattern efficiency. 

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Bangladesh’s leather exports down 10.6%

Bangladesh
Published:  06 January, 2020

Between July and December, the first six months of Bangladesh’s current fiscal year, the country’s total export earnings declined 5.84% to US$19.3 billion; mainly attributed to lower shipment of apparel items, as well as leather.

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LVMH acquires minority stake in Masoni

Italy
Published:  06 January, 2020

The French luxury conglomerate, whose leather bags and accessories brands include Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Dior and Celine, is reported to have acquired a minority stake in the Tuscany based tanning group to secure its leather supply chain.

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Australian bushfires could affect thousands of cattle and sheep

Australia
Published:  03 January, 2020

Over two million cattle and eight million sheep could be affected by the ongoing bushfires in Australia.

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Higher sales but deeper losses for Aspinal of London

United Kingdom
Published:  03 January, 2020

Losses for the British manufacturer and retailer of leather bags and accessories are reported to have deepened in 2019.

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Energy price rise to impact Pakistan’s leather sector

Pakistan
Published:  02 January, 2020

The announcement by Pakistan’s government of increased power tariffs and petroleum prices is expected to significantly impact the already fragile national leather industry.

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Judge blocks California ban on crocodile products

United States
Published:  02 January, 2020

A U.S. judge is reported to have temporarily blocked the state of California’s ban on the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products.

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Higher Zimbabwe hide exports in 2019

Zimbabwe
Published:  02 January, 2020

Exports of raw hides and skins from Zimbabwe increased 68% between February and October 2019.

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Belarusian shoe factory invests in leather cutting technology

Belarus
Published:  02 January, 2020

The footwear manufacturer is preparing to upgrade its leather cutting machinery in the first quarter of the year.

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Wet-blue tannery to undergo plant refurbishment

Zimbabwe
Published:  24 December, 2019

A Zimbabwean wet-bluing facility, which recently came out of judicial management, is set to undergo a major refurbishment as part of efforts to improve its operational efficiency in 2020.

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Kanpur tannery closures magnify drop in leather exports

India
Published:  23 December, 2019

After over a year of disruption, Kanpur’s tannery output has contributed negatively to India’s overall finished leather exports. Nationally exports have fallen by nearly 29% between April-August 2019 compared with the corresponding period in the last financial year 2018-19.

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Pakistan trails Bangladesh in leather export earnings

Pakistan
Published:  23 December, 2019

Leather and leather product export earnings from Pakistan are reported to be worth US$850 million for the full year 2019 which is well down on the $1.27 billion the industry earned in full year 2014 after being granted full GSP Plus status to export into the EU. The country now lags behind neighbouring Bangladesh in total leather export earnings.

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Leather UK calls for businesses to prepare for post-Brexit trade scenarios

United Kingdom
Published:  20 December, 2019

Following the result of the recent UK general election and in light of the fact that the UK will leave the EU on January 31, 2020, the industry trade body Leather UK has called on businesses within the leather sector to prepare for the post-Brexit period.  

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Timberland no longer to focus on footwear only

Worldwide
Published:  19 December, 2019

Well known for its ‘yellow leather boots’, the U.S. headquartered brand is seeking to diversify its offer by establishing itself as a lifestyle brand focussed on “eco-sustainability” and “circular fashion”.

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Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda

Ugandan government considers setting up new tannery

Uganda
Published:  19 December, 2019

Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda since 1986, is considering setting up a new leather processing plant in order to help curb the trend of importing expensive shoes.

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Brazilian footwear sector warns of potential damage in trade opening

Brazil
Published:  18 December, 2019

Representatives from Brazil’s footwear sector have warned the Brazilian government of the potential damage that could be caused to the industry by a reduction in import tariffs to countries from outside the Mercosur trading bloc.

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CLE attends pre-budget meeting with Ministry of Finance

India
Published:  18 December, 2019

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) attended a pre-budget consultation meeting organised by India’s Finance Minister on December 17. Discussion included regulatory environment impacting private investment, measures for promotion of exports, Industrial production and logistics.

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Change of leadership at FILK Freiberg

Germany
Published:  18 December, 2019

After 26 years as the Director of the FILK technical institute based in Freiberg, Germany, Prof Michael Stoll has handed over its management to successors, Dr Haiko Schulz and Dr Michael Meyer.

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PTA seeks support for participation in global trade shows

Pakistan
Published:  18 December, 2019

The Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) is seeking the approval of an 80% subsidy for the participation of its members in international leather trade shows.

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EU project offers funding for TCLF companies

Europe
Published:  18 December, 2019

The European Light Industries Innovation and Technology (ELIIT) initiative is looking to select 25 partnerships among textiles, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) SMEs and providers and/or owners of novel and innovative technologies.

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ECHA finds 44% of all hazardous mixtures not compliant

Europe
Published:  17 December, 2019

An EU-wide Forum Enforcement Project has found significant non-compliance in the classification and labelling of certain mixtures. Altogether, inspectors in 29 countries checked more than 3,000 mixtures and inspected over 1,600 companies, including manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors.

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Mercedes-Benz GLC coupé

November records growth in EU car sales

Europe
Published:  17 December, 2019

Demand for new passenger cars in the EU increased 4.9%, marking the third consecutive month of growth in 2019.

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Louisiana files lawsuit against California over alligator ban

United States
Published:  17 December, 2019

According to the lawsuit filed by the south-eastern U.S. state of Louisiana on December 12, California has "attempted to destroy the market for American alligator products notwithstanding the fact that no such alligators live in California.”

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Louis Vuitton to open another factory in France

France
Published:  13 December, 2019

The French luxury label is to open a second factory in Vendôme, French region of Centre-Val de Loire.

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Private equity acquires Italian exotic leather specialist

Italy
Published:  13 December, 2019

The Luxembourg-based private equity firm now controls 100% of the Italian tanning group, specialised in exotic skins.

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India’s cattle population increasingly unproductive

India
Published:  13 December, 2019

The rising cost of protecting cows in India is said to have affected domestic agriculture, the trade and livelihood of those involved in the industry.

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Production line of the BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid, in Leipzig, Germany.

Decline in global car sales forecast to continue in 2020

Worldwide
Published:  12 December, 2019

Worldwide car sales are expected to decline once again in 2020 compared with this year, and likely to result in more industry tension and trade disputes.

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Chemical suppliers event in Santa Croce attracts tanners

Italy
Published:  12 December, 2019

Held on December 11 in Santa Croce sull'Arno, at the heart of the tanning sector in the Italian region of Tuscany, the event showcased a preview of the Summer 2021 trends exclusively to tanneries.

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Brazilian leather exports continue to decline

Brazil
Published:  11 December, 2019

Brazilian leather exports declined 26.1% in value in November, year-on-year, after having recorded a 23.3% drop in the updated numbers for October.

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Tunisian leather sector seeks tax relief

Tunisia
Published:  11 December, 2019

Tunisia’s National Chamber of Artisans of Leather and Footwear said the Government’s 2020 Finance Bill (PLF 2020) does nothing to help revive the country’s leather sector.

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