Pakistan raises duty drawback rates on finished leather exports

Pakistan
Published:  04 June, 2020

The Federal Board of Revenue is reported to have raised duty drawback rates on exports of finished leather and plastic goods.

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Samia has leading role in Zschimmer & Schwarz leather finishing business

Germany/Italy
Published:  04 June, 2020

The Germany headquartered chemical manufacturer acquired a major stake in the Italian producer of finishing and pigment solutions in December 2019.

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Leather chemicals conferences by Darmstadt University

Germany
Published:  03 June, 2020

The two online conferences offered by the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, seek to support leather industries to achieve “more sustainable” chemistry in the supply chains.

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UK announces new Global Tariff regime

United Kingdom
Published:  02 June, 2020

The UK government has announced the new UK Global Tariff (UKGT) regime to be applied on products imported into the UK from January 1, 2021, once the Brexit transition process comes to end. Leather UK said it has lobbied on behalf of the national leather industry to have all import tariffs for leather removed.

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Timberland to launch regenerative leather boot collection

Worldwide
Published:  02 June, 2020

Timberland is working to identify, aggregate and connect early-adopter regenerative ranches with its large-scale tannery partners to help build a regenerative supply chain for the footwear and apparel industry.

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Italian government to protect use of the word “leather”

Italy
Published:  01 June, 2020

On May 28, a Decree Law was published that aims to regulate the use of the words “leather” and “fur”, including those derived from them and their synonyms.

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Major retail bank to help finance Gucci’s small suppliers

Italy
Published:  29 May, 2020

Italy's biggest retail bank has signed an agreement with Gucci aimed at supporting local growth projects, international expansion programmes and the renewal of production structures of companies in the luxury fashion label’s supply chain.

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Turkish leather goods exports down 5.4% in Q1

Turkey
Published:  28 May, 2020

While Turkey’s exports of leather goods to Russia dropped 28.4% between January and April this year, shipments to Kazakhstan increased 12.9%.

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Tanneries in Punjab report 60% of order cancellations

India
Published:  28 May, 2020

India’s nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic is reported to have left the leather industry in Jalandhar, Indian state of Punjab, in distress due to a disruption in the supply chain and the closure of the U.S. and European markets.

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Kanpur tanneries to reopen under certain conditions

India
Published:  26 May, 2020

Tanneries in the tanning district of Jajmau have reportedly been given permission to reopen following a meeting with the district administration on May 20.

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TFL’s new Asian warehouse fully in operation

Thailand
Published:  26 May, 2020

Located near Bangkok, Thailand, TFL’s new supply chain hub seeks to further improve the chemical supplier’s customer service to the Asian region.

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Indian leather goods brand maintains payroll over rent

India
Published:  22 May, 2020

Employing over 2,300 people, two-thirds of the leather goods manufacturer’s 103 stores are located in shopping malls, which have been shut during the Covid-19 lockdown. The company also plans to use smaller tannery drums once business resumes.

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Bangladesh’s leather exports down 83% in April

Bangladesh
Published:  22 May, 2020

Leather exports from Bangladesh declined 82.85% in April, year-on-year, as the industry almost came to a total halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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U.S. leather furniture manufacturer resumes operations

United States
Published:  22 May, 2020

The leather sofa specialist is said to have received the necessary government approvals and resumed operations on May 11.

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Leather Working Group grants audit extension

Worldwide
Published:  21 May, 2020

All tanneries holding a valid certificate by the Leather Working Group (LWG) are to be granted a 12-month extension of their membership.

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Over 32,500 jobs lost in Brazil’s footwear sector

Brazil
Published:  21 May, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a sharp fall in domestic demand, with the sector forecasting a drop of up to 30% in footwear production.

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Stahl accelerates digital customer engagement implementation

The Netherlands
Published:  21 May, 2020

The specialty chemicals manufacturer said it has implemented several digital services to be able to uphold its high level of technical service for its customers in times of social distancing. 

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Cattle slaughter in Brazil declines 9.2% in first quarter

Brazil
Published:  20 May, 2020

A restricted supply of cattle has led to a drop of Brazilian cattle slaughter in the first quarter of 2020, it is claimed.

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Former U.S. tannery owner ordered to pay environmental fine

United States
Published:  19 May, 2020

The former tannery owner, who pleaded guilty in December 2018, has been ordered to pay over US$350,000 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for expenses incurred in removing hazardous waste.

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Buckman adds three members to Board of Directors

United States
Published:  19 May, 2020

Bulab Holdings has announced that three new members have been elected by its shareholders to join its Board of Directors.

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India seeks to seize opportunity vacated by China

India
Published:  19 May, 2020

As China faces growing global tension over its handling of the coronavirus, India sees a door of opportunity to attract further international investments, including manufacturing, with the state of Uttar Pradesh allegedly forming a special task force for this.

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Brazilian tanneries continue to process hides

Brazil
Published:  19 May, 2020

Tanneries in Brazil continue to process hides as part of the food production chain, which has been declared as essential during the Covid-19 pandemic under the country’s current legislation and decrees.

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EU new car registrations down 38.5% four months into 2020

Europe
Published:  19 May, 2020

Between January and April, demand for new passenger cars in the European Union contracted 38.5% as a result of the negative impact of the coronavirus on March and April results.

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Nigerian tanneries accused of polluting river

Nigeria
Published:  18 May, 2020

Various species of fish of different sizes were found dead in a river located close to a tanning cluster.

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Germany’s leather sector shows little improvement

Germany
Published:  18 May, 2020

The German Leather Federation, Verband der Deutschen Lederindustrie (VDL), has issued its latest update on the state of the sector, stating that despite the ease of lockdown measures in the country, the leather industry remains only partially operational.

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Italian tanneries and UNIC team up with the Industrial Union of Pisa

Italy
Published:  18 May, 2020

Under the agreement, all the member tanneries of the Italian Tanners Association (UNIC) operating in the province are to be also registered in the Industrial Union of Pisa.

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99% of Mexico’s leather and footwear sector impacted by Covid-19

Mexico
Published:  15 May, 2020

Eight out of every ten companies operating in Mexico’s leather and footwear sector have seen a 50% decline in revenues.

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Kanpur export-oriented tanneries to reopen

India
Published:  14 May, 2020

About one hundred tanneries have allegedly been granted permission to resume operations in the Jajmau leather cluster.

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Escalating tensions between Australia and China over beef trade

Australia/China
Published:  14 May, 2020

The trade tensions between both nations have intensified as the Chinese authorities have suspended permits for beef supplied by four abattoirs located in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales.

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Orders almost halve for Italian footwear sector in Q1

Italy
Published:  14 May, 2020

Companies operating in the Italian footwear sector reported a 38.4% drop in sales, on average, in the first quarter of 2020. Total losses have been estimated at €1.7 billion.

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Pakistan tanners raise lockdown issues with Punjab Minister

Pakistan
Published:  13 May, 2020

On May 12, a delegation comprised of tannery association representatives met with Aslam Iqbal, the Minister for Industry and Trade for Pakistan’s state of Punjab.

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Brazilian footwear exports decline 40% in April

Brazil
Published:  13 May, 2020

The Brazilian footwear sector exported a total of 4.84 million pairs in April, representing a 40% drop in volume.

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Pakistan’s leather footwear exports up 11.2%

Pakistan
Published:  13 May, 2020

Total footwear exports from Pakistan are reported to have increased 15.86% in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year 2019-20, compared with the same period in the previous fiscal year.  

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Sharp decline for Brazilian leather exports in April

Brazil
Published:  12 May, 2020

In April 2020, the Brazilian leather sector registered a total of US$69.9 million worth of exports, down 34% year‐ on‐year.

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Brazilian Leather project launches #LeatherForward series

Brazil
Published:  12 May, 2020

The videos from the #LeatherForward series aim to broadcast important information about the Brazilian Leather industry.

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Indian footwear sector forecasts over 10% decline in revenue

India
Published:  11 May, 2020

As retail shops remain closed during the lockdown, which has been extended until May 17, the footwear sector could see a 10 to 15% decline in revenues. Meanwhile, India’s exports of leather and leather products declined 37% in March.

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Meat processors struggling to combat coronavirus

Worldwide
Published:  11 May, 2020

As Brazil prepared to increase meat export to the U.S., which is facing a meat supply shortage, Brazilian meatprocessors BRF and Minuano have been ordered to shut down plants for 15 days.

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German retailers record sharpest sales decline since 1994

Germany
Published:  11 May, 2020

As shops had to remain closed due to the corona pandemic, retail sales revenue fell significantly in individual retail trade branches across Germany in March 2020, including for leather goods. Domestic manufacturing and production also recorded the sharpest decline since the early 1990s.

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Grupo Dani certified for new ISO 45001

Italy
Published:  11 May, 2020

The Veneto based tanning Group announced it has successfully passed the transition of the "worker health and safety management system" to the new ISO 45001 standard, which replaces the previous BS OHSAS 18001.

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HTL files for insolvency protection

Singapore
Published:  07 May, 2020

The global leather upholstery manufacturer has reportedly filed for insolvency protection amid cashflow problems stemming from the coronavirus crisis. 

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U.S. cattle hide value declines significantly

United States
Published:  06 May, 2020

The price of U.S. steer hides is reported to have fallen as much as 49% compared with April 2019, affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, while the declining value of hides as a percentage of total live steer value was particularly significant in the second half of April.

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Latest coronavirus update: Argentina

Argentina
Published:  05 May, 2020

ILM’s latest update on the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on the global leather industry and wider supply chain looks at the current situation in Argentina. 

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Bangladesh tanneries risking permanent closure

Bangladesh
Published:  05 May, 2020

As the Bangladesh government has extended the nationwide lockdown until May 16, it is estimated the country’s leather sector could be losing an estimated US$100 million each month.

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U.S. tannery to close down

United States
Published:  05 May, 2020

Declining demand for leather, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, is said to have led the tannery to cease operations.

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Latest update of coronavirus situation around the world

Worldwide
Published:  01 May, 2020

Continuing its round-up series on the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on the global leather industry and supply chain, ILM has the latest updates on the current status quo in India and Germany. As this is a fast evolving situation, the information is correct at the time of publishing, with further news updates being added on an ongoing basis. 

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Guangdong Tannery stock price down 45%

Hong Kong
Published:  01 May, 2020

Listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1996, the company’s share price is reported to have declined 45% over the past year.

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Lower U.S. cattle on feed inventory

United States
Published:  30 April, 2020

U.S. cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totalled 11.3 million head on April 1, down 5% year-on-year.

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India’s leather sector requests lockdown exit plan

India
Published:  30 April, 2020

India’s leather sector has asked the government to formulate a lockdown exit plan as it forecasts a 50% decline in business over the coming weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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ILM Survey: The impact of the coronavirus crisis on the leather supply chain

Worldwide
Published:  28 April, 2020

The rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus around the world is presenting an unprecedented challenge to the leather industry, with many areas of the wider supply chain having come to a standstill.

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Yue Yuen to shift manufacturing capacity from China

Hong Kong
Published:  29 April, 2020

The Hong Kong headquartered footwear manufacturing and retail Group said its revenue for the year ended December 31, 2019 increased 4.2% to US$10.1 billion.

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