Upholstery outperforms other leather segments in a challenging market

Worldwide
Published:  29 April, 2021

Furniture and automotive leather upholstery continue to buck the general market trend and are a key focus in the May-June 2021 print and digital App edition of International Leather Maker (ILM), which is available now via the ILM App. 


The latest issue examines a wide range of topics around automotive leathers, including how to improve the odour of automotive leather through innovative absorber technology, as well as a report on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and latest developments around smell and plasticisers. ILM Technical Consultant Editor Karl Flowers also provides an overview of low carbon automotive leathers and takes a look at the latest remanufacturing approaches in the automotive leather segment.

Meanwhile, Nils Kjerstadius, owner of Swedish luxury furniture and leather upholstery brand Cuero Design, tells ILM Editor Isabella Griffiths what has beend driving the recent growth and success of the brand and why it only uses the best Italian vegetable tanned leathers for its iconic ‘Butterfly’ chair.

In addition, the latest issue features a synopsis of key findings from the recent comparative study of genuine leather versus alternative materials and their characteristics and performance conducted by the FILK technical institute in Freiberg, Germany.

Furthermore, Kim Sena, Sustainability Manager at JBS Couros, shares the results of the recent lifecycle analysis of the company’s Kind Leather, its positive ranking on the Higg MSI and why science is leather’s ally in changing the negative narrative surrounding it.

Other editorial highlights include:
• This month’s Talking Point asks key industry players whether consumers can tell the difference between synthetic materials and leather in vehicles or whether the lines have become blurred.
• An exclusive interview with Marc Smit, owner of Dutch chemical suppliers Smit & Zoon on the company’s 200th anniversary and what has been key to its longevity and future developments.
• GSC’s expansion in the international automotive sector.
• The latest launches and innovations across chemicals and machinery.

In addition to these premium editorial features, the May-June 2021 edition also includes regular items such as news review, the Redwood column, raw materials prices and trends, and much more.

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