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Changing down

I recently spent four weeks in a fairly remote area of northern Scotland, where life is slow and the population sparse. It was not always so. Two hundred years ago, the area was busy, but agriculture changed and the population was forced out in the clearances. 

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Doing the maths in the leather business

The organisers were rather taken aback at the third World Leather Congress held in Shanghai on August 29. They had expected three or four hundred delegates but ended up with bookings for seven hundred and fifty, creating problems with the seating and the eating logistics. 

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Footwear is more than black, white and brown

As an industry, we get quite excited about the automobile and the leather goods aspects of our business and this is where the growth has been in recent years. All through the past hundred years, footwear has been far bigger and even the most pessimistic view of what has been happening in the past few years still has footwear using about twice the volume of leather as the two other sectors added together. 

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One hundred years of the SLTC journal

The centenary of JSLTC (Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists & Chemists) was officially celebrated during the 120th annual SLTC conference in Northampton on April 22.

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Winners and losers yet to be defined

The Editor of Hidenet, Don Ohsman, notes that “the volume of leather orders being placed this time of year for Autumn shipment is subpar. So if someone bought a million square feet per months last year, they are only ordering eight hundred thousand or seven hundred thousand this year as leather is being supplanted by synthetics because of price”. 

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