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New research on behaviour of Covid-19 on leather footwear

Researchers have endeavoured to understand how the coronavirus behaves on leather to help the footwear industry recover from the effects of Covid-19. The team at De Montfort University in Leicester (DMU) worked with the British Footwear Association (BFA), which represents the smallest artisan shoemakers to the largest and best-known brands in the world, to test samples of the most popular leathers used for shoes.


JBS Couros launches antiviral leather

The world’s largest leather processor has launched the JBS V-Block technology which inactivates the SARS-Cov-2 virus, the cause of Covid-19. At processing stage, a silver microparticle additive is added to the leather coating, providing it with antiviral qualities. The leather is available on demand globally.


The new dawn for leather

Historically, leather has been such a strategic material that it has prospered in wars and major crises. Even during the Black Death in the Middle Ages, citizens ran to the tanneries as they thought the tannery smell kept the disease at bay. But both the financial crash a decade ago and this current one has found us as exposed as every other industry. We have to fight to survive and hope our customers do the same.