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Talking Point

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

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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What is leather?

An industry regulator in the EU awarded a buyer of a used Mercedes sizeable compensation for buying a car advertised as upholstered in leather, when in fact it was largely a PU coated textile of some sort. There were a couple of disappointing elements involved.

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Are vegan alternatives to leather really sustainable?

The term ‘vegan leather’ is increasingly being used to describe materials promoted as an alternative to leather, but there is a significant debate around the suitability of these materials. Are these materials really sustainable when compared with genuine leather? 

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Why protecting “leather” is so important

While it may be a difficult period for many in the global tanning industry, the leading brands in the premium leather goods and automobile segments virtually all have genuine leather at the heart of their ranges. Genuine leather combines natural beauty, longevity, craftsmanship and desirability which is the envy of many competing materials who look to trade from its reputation.

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OEM and tier-1 supplier join panel to discuss the future of leather in cars

ILM is pleased to announce that representatives from Honda, Dräxlmaier Group and Stahl will be among the panelists discussing the important theme: “What will the interior of the future be like – and what role could genuine leather play?” It will form part of the ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain conference in Munich on May 22. 

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Shooting ourselves in the foot

We all know how much time has been spent in discussions all over the world and how much has been written about the correct use of the term leather when we are referring to the genuine material. The ICT has its own definition, places such as Brazil have a law in place and are actively addressing the problem with retailers.

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