This was shortly followed by trade and transport issues at 56%, showing that Covid-19 restrictions, particularly in key markets such as China, have been the biggest barrier to tanners over the past year.

As recently highlighted in theSauerReport, it seems that more and more manufacturers are considering moving their operations away from China and into areas with less Covid-related restrictions in a effort to lessen the damage to their businesses and, unless restrictions are able to ease soon, this will only continue.

Additionally, over the next 12 months, tanners indicated ongoing issues around transport (shipping of goods) and international trade as one of their main concerns, just behind worries over rising costs and prices of raw materials. Travel restrictions to visit international clients or attend industry events was also highlighted as a concern for many that responded to the survey.

The full results of the 2021 ILM Tanner Business Confidence Survey are available to view online via an ILM subscription. To find out more about how to subscribe to ILM, click here or email Emma Bonell at for more information about how to access the survey results. Advertisers of ILM also have complimentary access to the results. If you have a subscription and need a reminder of your login details, please contact us.

The ILM Tanner Business Confidence survey is now in its eighth year and is the only truly global and neutral annual survey of the tanning sector. ILM is most grateful to those tanners who responded, and a copy of the survey results will be sent to those that took part via the September/October print/digital edition of ILM magazine.