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Adidas business in China returns to growth

Worldwide
Published:  05 June, 2020

The global sportswear manufacturer said that, throughout May, it continued to execute its store reopening plan around the world and Greater China is the company’s first major market on the road to recovery, with all own- and partner-operated stores having been open since mid-April.

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Volvo XC60

Volvo Cars sales decline 25.5% in May

Worldwide
Published:  04 June, 2020

According to the premium car manufacturer, sales and showroom traffic trends in Europe improved and sales in China continued to grow, while sales in the U.S. recovered “quicker than expected” as more states loosened restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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ANPIC to take place via digital platform

Mexico
Published:  03 June, 2020

As the spring 2020 edition of the ANPIC tradeshow was cancelled due to concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers have announced that a virtual event will be held on June 11 - 12.

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Capri Holdings announces phased reopening of global stores

Worldwide
Published:  29 May, 2020

On May 28, the global fashion group, which owns the Versace, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo brands, unveiled the details of a phased reopening plan for its global store operations.

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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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TFL pulls out of ACLE

China
Published:  29 May, 2020

The specialty chemical supplier announced it will not be attending the upcoming edition of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), scheduled to take place in Shanghai on September 1 – 3.

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Diane Von Furstenberg UK files for administration

United Kingdom
Published:  29 May, 2020

The luxury fashion brand said the Covid-19 pandemic added pressure on the business.

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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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Bangladesh to list Western fashion brands that fail to pay

Bangladesh
Published:  28 May, 2020

Manufacturers from Bangladesh announced on May 27 that they would blacklist Western fashion brands that have failed with payment commitments.

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Gucci adopts seasonless catwalks

Worldwide
Published:  27 May, 2020

Alessandro Michele, Creative Director, Gucci, said that he plans to shift from the usual cruise, pre-fall, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter catwalks to twice-yearly seasonless meetings.

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Texcare International postponed to 2021

Germany
Published:  27 May, 2020

VDMA TFL, which also represents the interests of the shoe and leather technology sectors, said it supports the decision of postponement of Texcare International by one year to 2021.

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Over €8 billion to save French auto industry

France
Published:  27 May, 2020

On May 26, the French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled the plans for an aid scheme to rescue the French automotive sector, with particular focus on electric and hybrid vehicles.

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McLaren to lay off 25% of its workforce

Worldwide
Published:  27 May, 2020

The sportscar manufacturer and Formula 1 team said business has been badly impacted by the crisis resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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More Brazilian meat workers test positive for Covid-19

Brazil
Published:  26 May, 2020

Meat processors Marfrig, BRF and Minerva are reported to have registered a significant number of coronavirus outbreaks among their employees in Brazil.

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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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FDRA call for extension of current duty deferment plan

United States
Published:  26 May, 2020

On May 20, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) sent a letter to the Trump Administration urging that the current duty deferment plan be extended for the rest of 2020.

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GM plant in Silao, Mexico

Lear Mexico prepares to resume production

Mexico
Published:  26 May, 2020

As General Motors (GM) Mexico announced its plans to resume production at its plants located in Ramos Arizpe, northern Mexican state of Coahuila, and Silao in the central state of Guanajuato, Lear Corp has reportedly asked some workers back to also resume activity on May 22.

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Ford UK resumes production

United Kingdom
Published:  22 May, 2020

The car manufacturer restarted initial production at its Dagenham Engine Plant in Essex and Bridgend Engine Plant in South Wales on May 18. Meanwhile, new car registrations in the UK are reported to have declined 97.3% in April, a record low for the new car market.

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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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Burberry’s sales down 27% in fourth quarter

Worldwide
Published:  22 May, 2020

The British fashion label said there was strong momentum in brand, product and sales delivered before the Covid-19 outbreak, “ahead of its previous expectations”.

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Clarks Desert Boot

Clarks plans to cut 900 jobs

Worldwide
Published:  22 May, 2020

The British footwear manufacturer and retailer is to cut 900 jobs, of which more than 100 are at its headquarters located in Somerset, South West England.

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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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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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Mazda CX30 Crossover

Mazda maintains production adjustment

Worldwide
Published:  21 May, 2020

As Covid-19 restrictions begin to relax in several countries, the Japanese carmaker said its dealers have been gradually resuming operations, while production is slowly increasing at manufacturing plants.

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Covid-19 outbreaks at French abattoirs

France
Published:  20 May, 2020

About 100 workers from the French cattle slaughter sector are said to have been confirmed positive with Covid-19.

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Renault could close four production sites in France

France
Published:  20 May, 2020

Allegedly, the plant closures would be part of a major cost-saving strategy by the French carmaker, which is said to be struggling with the crisis hitting the automotive sector.

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VF Corp’s Q1 revenues expected to halve

Worldwide
Published:  19 May, 2020

For the fiscal year ending March 28, 2020, the parent company of the Timberland brand posted revenue up 2% to US$10.5 billion, but revenue declined 11% for the fourth quarter to US$2.1 billion dollars, due to lower consumer demand amid lockdowns in several key markets worldwide.

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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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BMW7 Series production

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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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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Bentley Motors publishes 'Covid-19 secure' risk assessment

United Kingdom
Published:  18 May, 2020

The luxury automotive manufacturer said its Covid-19 risk assessment is a means of demonstrating that the company fully complies with the UK government’s guidance on managing the risk of the virus.

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UNIC defends Solofra tanneries

Italy
Published:  18 May, 2020

The tanneries operating in Solofra, Italian province of Avellino, have suffered political attacks regarding the pollution of the nearby Sarno river.

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Chanel increases price tag due to higher raw material costs

France
Published:  15 May, 2020

The French luxury fashion label said it is increasing the price tags on its handbags and other leather accessories as a result of a rise in the cost of raw materials due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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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Tapestry reopens stores in Europe and North America

Worldwide
Published:  15 May, 2020

The New York headquartered fashion group said it is taking a phased market-by-market approach, and has begun the store reopening process in North America, Europe and additional markets in Asia in accordance with governmental guidelines.

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Shoes & Leather Vietnam postponed

Vietnam
Published:  15 May, 2020

The 22nd edition of the trade show was scheduled to take place July 15-17 at the Saigon Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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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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Magna estimates US$1.1 billion loss in sales due to Covid-19

Canada
Published:  13 May, 2020

Sales for the Canadian mobility technology company totalled US$8.7 billion in the first quarter of the year, down 18%, with estimated Covid-19 impacts of approximately US$1.1 billion on sales.

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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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European Fashion Weeks go digital

Europe
Published:  13 May, 2020

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, after the Shanghai Digital Fashion Week and Helsinki’s Virtual Fashion Week, the organisers of the London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks announced their events will also go digital.

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Lear evaluates supply base after Q1 results

United States
Published:  13 May, 2020

The U.S. headquartered supplier of automotive seating and e-systems has recorded sales of US$4.5 billion (-14%) in the first quarter of 2020, down from US$5.2 billion in the same quarter of 2019.

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Bentley starts phased production ramp up

United Kingdom
Published:  12 May, 2020

The luxury car manufacturer resumed production at the company’s headquarters in Crewe, England, on May 11.

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Ferrari back at full production capacity

Italy
Published:  12 May, 2020

The Ferrari factories located in Maranello and Modena, Italy, have gradually returned to full production in line with the luxury sportscar manufacturer’s "Back on Track" programme.

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