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Up and down the leather chain

As tanneries steadily upgraded their wet ends last century, introducing larger drums with mechanical handling of hides and controlled additions of chemicals and water, along with modernised set ups for fleshing and splitting, the labour content dropped considerably. I first recognised this when given charge of a brand-new tannery in El Salvador in the 1970s, and looking at the costings we recognised how the labour element changed as you moved through the tannery.


COTANCE celebrates 50th anniversary

The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE), the representative body of the European Leather Industry, celebrated its 50th anniversary in Paris at the end of May.


Hermès opens new workshop and training hub

The French luxury label has inaugurated its 17th leather goods workshop in Fitilieu, French region of Isère. ‘Les Ateliers de Fitilieu’ has a training school for professions in saddlery-leather goods, cutting and leather mechanics.