With more than three decades of raw materials industry experience under his belt, Ian Banks provides his opinions on the biggest takeaways of 2021 when it comes to the leather industry and specifically the raw materials market that supplies it, and how these trends may develop in the coming year. In the podcast he explains what the main market drivers over the past few years have been and the implications for the hides and skins market prices and trends.

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About the guest

Ian Banks joined Edify Digital Media, the publisher of International Leather Maker, in January 2019 as Editor of theSauerReport. A former trader of UK and Irish bovine hides for over 20 years, he sold UK full substance wet-blue material from Holmes Halls processors, where he was a Director for more than 15 years.

Alongside his role as trader of raw materials, he was also involved in the procurement and import of finished leather goods from China to the UK. He started out his early career on the hide yard, salting, trimming and selecting hides for Andrews and Co., followed by stints at Barker and Herd (formerly Hillsdown Holdings), learning every aspect of the raw materials trade from the ground up.

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ILM would like to remind listeners that this episode is opinion only and should not be taken as business advice in any capacity.