Best exporter award for Zambezi Tanners

Zimbabwe
Published:  22 October, 2021

The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Best Exporter: Agriculture Award has gone to exotic leather tanning specialist Zambezi Tanners.

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Tanner fined for illegal chrome discharge

United Kingdom
Published:  22 October, 2021

A UK tanner has been fined by its local water authority for discharging chrome effluent above legal limits. 

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Energy shortages and shipping delays impact Chinese tanners

China
Published:  21 October, 2021

Chinese tanners have returned from a week’s holiday for National Day Golden Week in early October to a difficult market situation with energy shortages, covid disruptions and shipping issues all having an impact, according to theSauerReport.

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Farfetch launches own brand

Worldwide
Published:  21 October, 2021

The luxury fashion e-commerce platform has announced its first private label, There Was One, which is focused on sustainability and longevity.

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Watchdog calls for compensation for pollution victims

Bangladesh
Published:  21 October, 2021

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has recommended awarding compensation to victims of environmental pollution, such as around the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate.

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Erasmus+ holds digital education event

Europe
Published:  21 October, 2021

On October 15, the Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030 Blueprint project held a digital learning event for vocational training in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors.

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Semiconductor shortage drives car registration decline

Europe
Published:  20 October, 2021

The latest data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) shows that demand for new passenger cars continues to decline, with just 718,598 units registered in September, the lowest September figure since 1995.

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Spanish lambskin quality project continues despite Covid

Spain
Published:  19 October, 2021

The SELAMBQ (Spanish Entrefino Lamb Quality) project will continue despite difficulties and restrictions throughout the pandemic, Cotance (Confederation of National Associations of Tanners the European Community) says.

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New Chairman for Pakistan Tanners’ Association

Pakistan
Published:  19 October, 2021

The Pakistan Tanners’ Association (PTA) has elected Amanullah Aftab as Central Chairman for the 2021-22 period.

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Bengal tanners say “third Covid wave will finish us”

India
Published:  19 October, 2021

Tanners in the Bengal region of India say they are struggling to stay afloat as the industry continues to grapple with cancelled orders, supply chain disruptions and growing debt.

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J Rendenbach to close its doors

Germany
Published:  15 October, 2021

Upmarket sole tanner Joh. Rendenbach jr. has announced that it will close its doors after 150 years of leather soles manufacturing.

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No plans for PALF in 2022

Africa
Published:  14 October, 2021

Speaking at virtual press conference, APLF Ltd Director Grace Lee told ILM that they currently had no plans to host the inaugural edition of the Pan African Leather Fair (PALF) in 2022.

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Jaguar Land Rover trials blockchain for leather

Worldwide
Published:  13 October, 2021

The automotive brand has partnered with Circulor, Bridge of Weir Leather Company and University of Nottingham on a project to develop a digital supply chain for leather using blockchain.

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Leather and hide exports down month-on-month

Brazil
Published:  12 October, 2021

The latest statistics from SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) of the Ministry of Economy in Brazil show US$122.9 million in leather exports for September, a drop of 3.8% on the previous month but 46.9% up year-on-year.

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SCRD awarded ZDHC Level 1

France
Published:  12 October, 2021

Chem-MAP has awarded SCRD with its ZDHC Level 1 Conformance for its vegetable tanning solutions.

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Leather product makers look for delay compensation

Vietnam
Published:  12 October, 2021

Restrictions and lockdowns have resulted in production delays for leather goods manufacturers in Vietnam, and now foreign customers are cancelling and demanding compensation, according to the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (Lefaso).

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Langro-Chemie appoints new Managing Director

Germany
Published:  11 October, 2021

The leather finishing business, which is owned by the Trumpler Group, has announced the appointment of Claus Reineking as its new Managing Director.

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LWG is latest leather organisation to partner with WWF

Worldwide
Published:  11 October, 2021

The Leather Working Group (LWG) has added the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to its membership, which it says strengthens the two organisations’ partnership and ability to improve ESG practices in the industry.

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Vietnam footwear exports drop 44.2% in September

Vietnam
Published:  11 October, 2021

Footwear exports from Vietnam have fallen by 44.2% year-on-year to US$700 million in September, according to the latest figures from the Vietnam Leather, Footwear and Handbag Association (Lefaso).

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BFTT awards grants to SMEs for sustainable innovation

United Kingdom
Published:  07 October, 2021

The Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) research and development programme has awarded a total of £1.1 million (US$1.5 million) in grants to 13 SMEs for sustainable efforts in its latest round of funding.

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Leather production volumes down in China

China
Published:  07 October, 2021

A number of tanneries in the Wenzhou area are not working this week as it is a national holiday and in other regions of the country, according to theSauerReport, work will not start until mid-October at the earliest. These are stoppages imposed by local authorities. 

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Boxmark leather used in “most powerful” electric car

Worldwide
Published:  07 October, 2021

The Austrian leather manufacturer is celebrating its leather being used in the Nevera electric car from Rimac Automobili, which the company calls the “most powerful e-car in the world”.

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Lear begins construction on Detroit seating plant

United States
Published:  06 October, 2021

The U.S. headquartered automotive seating and components manufacturer held a ceremony to begin construction on its new plant in Detroit, Michigan.

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Première Vision Paris welcomed more than 62,800 visitors

France
Published:  05 October, 2021

The fashion exhibition, held in Paris at the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte and online from September 20-24, reported a total of 62,800 visitors, 17,100 of which were present at the physical show.

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Brazilian tanneries at Lineapelle

Italy
Published:  05 October, 2021

Brazilian tanneries have provided comments following their experiences at the Lineapelle fair, held in Milan, September 22-24.

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Cotance calls for zero carbon allocation for leather

Worldwide
Published:  05 October, 2021

The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (Cotance) has renewed calls for zero allocation of carbon for leather.

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Real Leather. Stay Different. Taiwanese Student Design Competition winners

Taiwan
Published:  05 October, 2021

The Real Leather. Stay Different. Student Design Competition in Taiwan has found its winners in 24 students awarded gold, silver and bronze places.

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Lambskin prices at highest level in three years

Australia
Published:  04 October, 2021

Lambskin prices in Australia are reported to be at their highest for the past three years which has been driven by demand from China according to local media reports.

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Authorities take Curtume CBR into state ownership

Argentina
Published:  04 October, 2021

After 18 months since production was halted, Argentinian authorities have seized control of the Curtume CBR plant from its former owners and taken it into state ownership.

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VDL joins criticism of Volvo’s decision on leather

Germany
Published:  01 October, 2021

The German Leather Federation (VDL - Verband der Deutschen Lederindustrie) has criticised Volvo Cars for its decision to stop using leather in electric vehicles from 2030.

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PrimeAsia and World Wildlife Fund to collaborate

Worldwide
Published:  01 October, 2021

The leather manufacturer has announced a collaboration with World Wildlife Fund to further develop its sustainability efforts.

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Pittards sees strong recovery for first half of financial year

United Kingdom
Published:  01 October, 2021

The tanner and leather goods manufacturer reported pre-tax profit for the six months through to June 2021.

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Workers feel let down by Curtume CBR

Argentina
Published:  30 September, 2021

Workers at the Curtume CBR tannery in Nonogasta have denounced the owners and filed a complaint because, in the words of the local tanners’ union: “CBR did not go out of business but [the owners] let the production line wear out in order to sustain, in due course, the inevitability of failure."

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French leather industry upcycles the weight of 24 Eiffel Towers per year

France
Published:  30 September, 2021

The Conseil National Du Cuir (CNC) says that the transformation of hides and skins into leather is primarily a recycling activity and probably one of humanity’s oldest.

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Pittards launches complete footwear services solution

United Kingdom
Published:  30 September, 2021

The UK headquartered tanner and leather goods manufacturer has announced the launch of a solution for footwear from leather through design and development to final stitch.

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Tanners express concern about loan rescheduling

Bangladesh
Published:  30 September, 2021

The tanning industry remains guarded about the Bangladesh Bank’s offer to reschedule loans repayments until December, claiming that it would only benefit tanners who have good relationships with their commercial banks.

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Manuel Rios appointed as President of Cotance

Europe
Published:  29 September, 2021

Cotance (the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community) has announced the unanimous election of Manuel Rios Navarro to the position of President for the next two years.

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Leather Naturally adds its voice to Volvo protests

Worldwide
Published:  29 September, 2021

The not-for-profit leather promotion group has joined the industry in rejecting Volvo’s decision to remove all leather from future electric vehicle interiors, adding that the company has wrongly linked leather use to meat consumption.

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International Student Design Competition winner announced

Worldwide
Published:  28 September, 2021

The International Student Design Competition, launched by Real Leather, Stay Different., has found its inaugural winner in Emily Omesi, a BFA undergraduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

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Buckman announces 15-20% price rise

United States
Published:  28 September, 2021

U.S.-based specialty chemical supplier Buckman has announced global price increases of 15 to 20% for all of its product offerings, effective October 1, 2021 or as customer contracts allow.

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Monthly electric vehicles outsell diesel in Europe for first time

Europe
Published:  28 September, 2021

In Europe, electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids outsold diesel vehicles by 10,100 units in August, coming out on top for the first time with a 21% market share.

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Leather task force proposes forming authority to deal with Savar

Bangladesh
Published:  27 September, 2021

A task force formed to develop an action plan for the leather industry has proposed the formation of a regulatory authority, under the Ministry of Industries, to tackle current industry problems including those at the Savar tannery complex.

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New Assomac image and European mark

Italy
Published:  27 September, 2021

The Italian association of leather, footwear and leather goods machinery manufacturers, Assomac has rebranded and been recognised with a European collective mark.

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Volvo C40 Recharge with leather-free interior. Credit: Volvo

LHCA responds to Volvo decision to lose leather

United States
Published:  24 September, 2021

Stephen Sothmann, President of the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA), has released a statement expressing his and the organisation’s disappointment in Volvo’s decision to go leather-free in its fully electric cars.

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Volvo to remove leather from all electric cars by 2030

Worldwide
Published:  24 September, 2021

Volvo Cars has announced that all of its fully electric cars will be “leather-free” by 2030, while aiming for 25% of materials in all of its new cars to be recycled or bio-based by 2025.

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Lineapelle a surprise success for tanners

Italy
Published:  24 September, 2021

The international leather trade show saw more than 11,000 visitors, from more than 70 countries, come to see Winter 2022/23 collections and meet tanneries, exceeding the expectations of both exhibitors and organisers.

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Milan fairs help to stimulate the market

Italy
Published:  24 September, 2021

With four major industry fairs taking place in Milan between September 19-24 within the same week all have been regarded as a positive step forward in the Covid-19 era and exceeded expectations in terms of visitor numbers and a mood to meet in person and do business.

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Tandy sees continued financial recovery in first quarter

United States
Published:  23 September, 2021

Tandy Leather Factory has reported sales of US$21.4 million for the first quarter of the 2021 financial year, up from US$17.1 million the previous year.

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Simac Tanning Tech returns to showcase new technologies

Italy
Published:  22 September, 2021

Simac Tanning Tech, the international fair for tannery, leather goods and footwear machinery and technology, has begun in Milan with exhibitors and visitors gathering from across the world to see and discuss the latest innovations.

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Testex celebrates 175th anniversary

Switzerland
Published:  22 September, 2021

The independent Switzerland headquartered testing and certification organisation is celebrating 175 years of setting standards.

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