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Talking Point: Effects of EU legislations on leather

First published in the November/December 2022 edition of ILM
Published:  15 December, 2022

ILM’s final Talking Point question for 2022 was: How do you expect the European Union’s latest proposed REACH restrictions to affect the European leather industry?

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Talking Point: Does the leather industry need to move away from fossil fuel based chemicals?

First published in the September/October 2022 edition of ILM
Published:  10 October, 2022

For the September/October 2022 issue, ILM asked leather professionals from around the sector: “If leather continues to focus on its benefits as a natural material, does the industry need to move away from using fossil fuel based chemical sources in the leather manufacturing process?”

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Talking Point: Are we moving away from chromium?

First published in the July/August 2022 edition of ILM
Published:  25 August, 2022

In the Talking Point feature for ILM's July/August 2022 issue, we asked leather industry professionals: “Do you think the tanning process is going through a fundamental evolution away from metal-based tannages such as chromium towards other tanning agents?”

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Talking Point May/June 2022

First published in the May/June 2022 edition of ILM
Published:  13 June, 2022

In the May/June 2022 edition of ILM, we asked industry experts to respond to the question; Can the tanning industry trust brands, retailers, and OEMs to do the right thing with their messaging around leather?

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Talking Point March/April 2022

First published in the March/April 2022 edition of ILM
Published:  21 April, 2022

For the March/April issue, ILM asked a select group of tanners: “Has the Covid-19 pandemic brought an end to globalisation for the leather industry as we knew it?”

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Talking Point January/February 2022

First published in the January/February 2022 edition of ILM
Published:  10 March, 2022

In the first issue of the year, we asked experts from across the leather industry: Why do you feel that natural materials including leather are treated so negatively on the Higg Material Sustainability Index, and do you think that materials from fossil-fuel carbon sources are unfairly advantaged?

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Talking Point November/December 2021

First published in the November/December 2021 edition of ILM
Published:  16 December, 2021

In this issue of ILM, leading professionals from throughout the global leather industry answer the following question: As the industry becomes more environmentally focused, how will leather change as a material?

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Talking Point September/October 2021

First published in the September/October 2021 edition of ILM
Published:  22 September, 2021

In this edition of ILM, we ask four prominent tanners from different parts of the world the following: Has the global Covid-19 pandemic altered the way that leather is made and marketed? How has your business adapted to the global social and economic changes that have taken place since the beginning of 2020?

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Talking Point

First published in the July/August 2021 edition of ILM
Published:  04 August, 2021

This month, key industry figures from the raw and semi-processed hide and skins industry discuss whether overall raw material quality declined over the past decade? And if so, what can be done to improve it?

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Talking Point

First published in the May/June 2021 edition of ILM
Published:  13 July, 2021

In this edition, key industry figures discuss whether consumers understand the differences between genuine leather and synthetic vehicle interiors when buying a car, or whether the lines have become blurred.

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Talking Point

First published in the March/April 2021 edition of ILM
Published:  02 July, 2021

This month, key machinery industry players share their views on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) may impact the leather supply chain in the future.

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Talking Point

First published in the January/February 2021 edition of ILM
Published:  06 April, 2021

This month’s key industry players answer the question: How can we encourage younger generations to buy garments, leather goods and footwear made with leather?

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Talking Point

First published in the November/December 2020 edition of ILM
Published:  11 February, 2021

This month, key industry figures discuss whether bio-based chemicals are an increasing growth area for their business, latest technologies and whether the usage of bio-based chemicals is the future of leather making.

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Talking Point

First published in the September/October 2020 edition of ILM
Published:  16 December, 2020

This month’s hot topic: Following the recent introduction of new legislation protecting the labelling of genuine leather in Italy, is the global leather industry doing enough to achieve legislation of the term ‘leather’ from mislabelling and other competing materials trading off the back of its reputation?

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Talking Point

First published in the July/August 2020 edition of ILM
Published:  09 September, 2020

This month’s burning question: Has the leather industry helped create a negative perception among its customers and end consumers about leather that is tanned using chromium salts by adopting terms such as ‘metal-free’ and ‘FOC’? ILM asks key industry figures. 

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Talking Point

First published in the May/June 2020 edition of ILM
Published:  07 September, 2020

This month’s burning question: Are some OEMs confusing consumers over labelling (or mislabelling) of leather in car interiors with other non-leather materials? Have they been discretely “decontenting” genuine leather with alternative, cheaper components to cut costs? ILM asks industry insiders.

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Talking Point

First published in the March/April 2020 edition of ILM
Published:  16 April, 2020

This month’s burning question: Have raw materials and therefore finished leather prices started to stabilise after nearly three years of decline? ILM asks industry insiders. 

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Talking Point

First published in the January/February 2020 edition of ILM
Published:  05 March, 2020

In a new editorial feature for 2020, ILM asks a few key industry players about the burning topics that are currently affecting the sector. This time we want to know: What are your predictions and challenges for the year ahead? 

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