Tannerie Arnal

Strong leather goods performance

Market Report - France
Published:  14 July, 2015

France is in the leading group of leather exporting countries for raw hides, leather and finished leather products and is the third largest exporter of finished leather goods in the world. It was the Focus Country at APLF 2015. First published in ILM March/April 2015 edition. 


Portraying a positive image

Market Report - Pakistan
Published:  13 July, 2015

The first Pakistan Mega Leather Show has taken place in Lahore, hoping to portray a positive image of the country and encourage international buyers to come to Pakistan and benefit from the tremendous potential of its leather sector. Article first published in ILM, March-April 2015 edition. 


Support for India’s tanners

Market Report - India
Published:  06 July, 2015

One of the main problems facing the Indian tanning industry is its poor record when it comes to environmental control and waste management. Global leather chemicals maker BASF has introduced a new system to help tanners. Martin Ricker talks with Dr Alex Wartini of BASF. Article first published in ILM March-April 2015 edition. 


Land of opportunity

Market Report - India
Published:  06 July, 2015

The Indian tanning industry is definitely a growth market and has the potential to become even more of a global player. Can it unlock its full potential and sort out its poor infrastructure and environmental record? Martin Ricker reports

Stephen Sothmann

U.S hides and skins market update

United States
Published:  17 June, 2015

Stephen Sothmann, President, U.S Hides, Skins and Leather Association. Article first published in ILM, January-February 2015 edition.

Dr Ali E Musa

Tanning industry requires rehabilitation

Published:  10 June, 2015

Dr A. E Musa, Department of Leather Technology, College of Applied and Industrial Sciences, University of Bahri, Khartoum, Sudan. Article first published in ILM January-February 2015 edition.

Tannerie Arnal

French leather sales to Asia continue to do well

Market Report - France
Published:  21 May, 2015

The Economic Observatory of the French Leather Council (CNC - Conseil National du Cuir) has presented its analysis of the 2014 foreign trade figures for the French leather sector with a focus on the Asian market. The figures underline that France’s repositioning to high-end and luxury goods is paying off. 


Fighting the decline

Market Report - Japan
Published:  19 May, 2015

Japanese tanning industry output has declined steadily over the past three decades. However, the industry still supports a number of high-end leather makers. Article first published in the January-February 2015 edition of ILM.

Su Chaoying, CLIA President

Tanners will face a “new normal”

China - Viewpoint - Su Chaoying
Published:  19 March, 2015

The China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) President, Su Chaoying, says that 2014 was a steady year for the Chinese leather industry but the sector was still able to grow despite the challenges. Article first published in ILM January-February 2015 edition. 

Hao Yingpeng, Deputy Mayor of Xinji City

New look Xinji cluster ready by year end

Market Report - China
Published:  16 February, 2015

Towards the end of 2014 most of the tannery closures and construction of new waste treatment facilities in Xinji will be complete. Hao Yingpeng, Deputy Mayor of Xinji City, has provided an update of the current situation. Article first published in ILM November-December 2014 edition page 45.


Solid auto leather supply chain around León

Mexico - Auto leather report
Published:  30 September, 2014

León in Mexico’s central Guanajuato state is the country’s leather hub. In recent years, the automotive leather segment has continued to grow, servicing a large number of OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers in the area.

Curtume Wellour

Going beyond wet-blue

Market report - Brazil
Published:  20 August, 2014

Funded by the government and leather industry, the Brazilian Leather project aims to promote the export of crust and finished leather in particular. The data up to March 2014 suggests that wet-blue still accounts for the highest volumes. Martin Ricker reports


German tanner revenue up despite record hide prices

Market Report - Germany
Published:  29 April, 2014

80% of German tannery production is aimed at automotive interiors and furniture upholstery. Additionally, German tanners also produce a variety of high-end aniline and nubuck leathers and fine leathers for luxurious leather goods and the range of fashionable shoe leathers and leather uppers for outdoor activities.

Construction of the Common Facility Centre (CFC) at Jalandhar

Mega Clusters in the pipeline

Market Report - India
Published:  20 April, 2014

The Indian leather industry is embarking on developing a number of Mega Leather Clusters throughout the country to reach new markets and a growing domestic demand. Martin Ricker reports

Table 1

Tanning sector continues to prosper

Published:  26 March, 2014

By Dr V Sambasiva Rao, M.Com, MBA, (Ph.D in Management)


December 2013 leather exports set new record

Published:  04 February, 2014

Exports of hides and skins (tanned, crust, split and finished) submitted by SECEX (The Brazilian Foreign Trade Secretariat) for the month of December 2013, showed a new monthly record.

Arte da Pele

Co-ordinated approach to improve exports

Market report - Brazil
Published:  19 November, 2013

Export of Brazilian leather is reaching record levels in 2013 due to a number of favorable trading conditions. However, through a Government supported programme, the CICB is continuing to increase exports of finished leathers through fashion and art.

Table 1. Cattle on feed inventory on 1,000+ capacity feedlots - USA

US hides and skins market update

Market report
Published:  15 November, 2013

By Stephen Sothmann, Director, International Affairs, US Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA)

Table 1. Import origins of raw hides into China (% market share). Source. CLIA

Challenges ahead for Chinese tanners

Market report
Published:  13 November, 2013

Partly caused by overall industrial overcapacity and weakening foreign demand China’s national GDP growth slowed to 7.5% in the second quarter of 2013, down from 7.7% in the first quarter. The leather sector continues to grow, but Chinese tanners face a few challenges. Writes Martin Ricker

Photo credit: Heller Leder

German tannery output improving

Market Report
Published:  07 November, 2013

German tannery output fell in 2012 compared to 2011. However, recent data suggests that 2013 is proving to be a better year for the EU’s third largest leather maker with sales up 6-7% in H1. Data supplied by the German Leather Federation – VDL (Verband der Deutschen Lederindustrie).


Luxury brands love buying tanneries

Luxury & leather
Published:  21 August, 2013

Italian and French luxury brand acquisitions of tanneries are not a new phenomenon. Along with soaring raw materials prices and a finite number of quality hides and skins there has been an explosion in demand for high-value leather goods. Some of the world’s largest luxury brands have snapped up tanners to secure supply and maintain an artisan tradition. Martin Ricker reviews the recent trend


Brazilian exports reach new heights

Market report
Published:  20 August, 2013

Active promotion and a weaker real have propelled Brazil’s leather exports to new levels in 2013. A record number of tanners will be at the ACLE this year to target the Chinese market