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Construction of CETP in Savar yet to be completed

Despite the increasing pressure on tanneries to relocate from Hazaribagh, the construction of the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) is still underway, and poor road conditions to access the Savar industrial state further complicate the situation.

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Death on the job

It is a sad fact that by early December ILM has reported on the deaths of fifteen tannery workers, covering four separate incidents which occurred mainly due to negligence. Historically, the tanning industry has had a poor record in this area and the relocation of manufacturing from developed to emerging countries, where worker health and safety is less stringent, has only served to make matters worse.

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Nothing to excess

Sadly, classical education is rather overlooked these days, but anyone who had done no more than embark on a brief journey into classical scholarship will have learned the simple term "nothing to excess" which was inscribed along the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Inspired by Spartan culture it is a maxim whose brevity and directness was praised by Plato.

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Only some tanneries in Kanpur back to work

According the reports in the Indian media, very few tanners have been given the all clear to resume processing after production was halted due to poor environmental performance at the tanning cluster in Kanpur. 

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Leather chemistry that works

Any MBA graduate, and we have a lot in the leather industry, knows that most mergers fail: at least for the new owners, employees and customers. In the last 25 years I've been involved in three big ones and two have been disasters. Back in the late eighties Pittards bought Garner Booth and went pretty much overnight from a rich company with a clear strategy to a poor one that was totally confused. It ended with a Chapter 11 process in the mid-noughties and thankfully since then the company has built a new strategy and regained a lot of its historic poise. 

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