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UK car sales decline 27.4% in November

United Kingdom
Published:  04 December, 2020

The UK new car market shrunk once again in November as registrations fell 27.4% year-on-year, or 42,840 units lower.

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World cattle inventory up by 5.45 million head

United States
Published:  04 December, 2020

The world cattle inventory in 2020 was reported at 987.5 million head, according to the foreign service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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TFL CEO to retire

Worldwide
Published:  04 December, 2020

Dr Peter Amann, CEO of chemical supplier TFL Group, is to retire by the end of 2020 but will join the company's Supervisory Board in 2021.

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Cotance releases social and environmental report 2020

Europe
Published:  03 December, 2020

The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (Cotance) and industriAll-Europe have released the Social and Environmental Report of the European Leather Industry 2020 (SER 2020), the second publication of its kind.

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Adient’s sales down 8% in third quarter

Worldwide
Published:  03 December, 2020

The U.S. headquartered automotive seating and manufacturer doesn’t expect sales volumes in Europe to return to pre-Covid levels “for a number of years”.

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U.S. hides and skins exports forecast to decline US$100 million

United States
Published:  02 December, 2020

U.S. agricultural exports in Fiscal Year 2021 are projected at US$152 billion, driven by higher soybean and corn export values, while beef exports are to increase another US$200 million to US$7.1 billion. 

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Brazilian footwear sector generates thousands of new jobs

Brazil
Published:  02 December, 2020

Between July and October around 28,000 jobs were created in the Brazilian footwear sector. 

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Private equity group acquires majority stake in South African abattoir

South Africa
Published:  02 December, 2020

The significant acquisition of shares by the private equity group was approved by South Africa’s Competition Tribunal on November 25.

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Rosslyn Tannery opens factory shop

South Africa
Published:  02 December, 2020

The tannery, which is part of Brits Leather Group, has opened a leather factory shop to supply leather directly to the public, including Nguni and Springbuck skins. 

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Luxury end of the market hit hard

Worldwide
Published:  01 December, 2020

Normally during troubled times, the luxury end of the leather market remains resilient. In fact, during the financial crash a few years ago, this segment carried on as usual as if nothing had happened. Those with large quantities of disposable income have remained somewhat immune to the spending constraints the rest of the population is dealing with, but the pandemic has caused problems like no other for the leather industry, and this time that includes the luxury end, writes theSauerReport Editor Ian Banks.

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Ireland’s cattle slaughter declines 5.7% in October

Ireland
Published:  30 November, 2020

Total cattle slaughtered in Ireland declined 5.7% in October, compared with the same month in 2019.

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APIC unveils leather trends for Autumn/Winter 2021-22

Portugal
Published:  30 November, 2020

Portugal’s Tanning Industry Association (APIC) has released its ‘Leather in Design’ catalogue for the Autumn/Winter 2021-22 trends.

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Curtiembre Arlei certified ISO 50001

Argentina
Published:  27 November, 2020

The tanning Group headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, said it is the first tannery in Latin America to be certified to ISO 50001.

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Italy’s exports of tanning and footwear machinery down 35%

Italy
Published:  27 November, 2020

The report for the first half of the year was presented by Gabriella Marchioni Bocca, the outgoing President of the Italian Association of Footwear, Leather goods and Tannery Machinery Manufacturers (Assomac), during the General Assembly held on November 25.

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Assomac appoints new President

Italy
Published:  27 November, 2020

During the General Assembly of the Association of Footwear, Leather goods and Tannery Machinery Manufacturers (Assomac) on November 25, Maria Vittoria Brustia from footwear machinery specialists Brustia Alfameccanica was appointed as the new President.

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RCEP could help Vietnam reduce manufacturing costs

Vietnam
Published:  26 November, 2020

As Vietnam sources a significant share of its production inputs from Asian countries such as China and South Korea, which were earlier not part of trade pacts, the country is expected to benefit from further preferential tariffs.

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Higher U.S. cattle slaughter and cattle on feed inventory

United States
Published:  25 November, 2020

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. reached its highest inventory in the month of October, while beef production increased 1% over the same period.

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Leather Impact Accelerator 1.0 open for stakeholder review

Worldwide
Published:  25 November, 2020

The second draft of the Leather Impact Accelerator 1.0, formerly known as the “Responsible Leather” programme of the Textile Exchange, is available for public review and feedback.

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Founder of Dolmen tannery passes away

Italy
Published:  25 November, 2020

Pietro Giananti, one of the founders of Dolmen Spa, passed away on November 24.

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Assintecal has a new President

Brazil
Published:  24 November, 2020

Gerson Luis Berwanger took over the presidency of the Brazilian Association of Leather, Footwear and Components (Assintecal) on November 9.

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PTA sends out warning to Prime Minister on leather industry collapse

Pakistan
Published:  23 November, 2020

As most tanneries in Pakistan have closed their operations, the Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA), has urged the government to explore immediate solutions to save the exporting industry from further damages.

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Pecca Group temporarily suspends operations

Malaysia
Published:  23 November, 2020

The automotive upholstery specialist is reported to have temporarily closed its operations on November 17 due to Covid-19 precaution measures.

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Prada’s logistics centre in Tuscany nears completion

Italy
Published:  20 November, 2020

The luxury fashion label is said to have completed the third and last warehouse of the hub, which will directly manage finished products for e-commerce.

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Major fur auction house to close down

Denmark
Published:  20 November, 2020

The fur specialist has been directly impacted by the Danish government’s decision to cull all the mink farms in the country.

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Uncertainty to hover over luxury market for some time

Worldwide
Published:  19 November, 2020

A new report by global management consulting firm Bain & Co says the Covid-19 impact causes an unprecedented fall in market size to €217 billion, down 23% from 2019 and back to a 2014 level. Experience-based goods are expected to recover at a faster pace than personal luxury goods.

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EU new passenger car registrations down 7.8%

Europe
Published:  18 November, 2020

New car registrations in the European Union declined 7.8% to 953,615 units in October, as some countries renewed restrictions due to Covid-19.

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Second-hand luxury gaining momentum in China

China
Published:  18 November, 2020

Up to now, Chinese consumers were reported to be resistant to purchasing second-hand luxury items, but Millennials and Gen Z are said to be shifting their focus as a result of the pandemic. 

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Dercosa rated LWG Gold for another two years

Spain
Published:  18 November, 2020

The extensive audit was performed by the Leather Working Group (LWG) in Dercosa’s facilities at the end of October.

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Super Tannery net profit halves in third quarter

India
Published:  18 November, 2020

Consolidated net profit for India’s major buffalo leather supplier is reported to have declined 55.35% for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

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CBR tannery on the brink of bankruptcy

Argentina
Published:  17 November, 2020

The Argentinean Minister of Industry for La Rioja is reportedly seeking a financial aid of US$5 million to save the tannery and its 800 employees.

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EU citizens demand better labelling of products with nanomaterials

Europe
Published:  16 November, 2020

A recent survey carried out in five selected EU countries has revealed that citizens demand better labelling of everyday products containing nanomaterials, and increased awareness of their risks and benefits.

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Amin Tannery’s net profit down 16.7%

India
Published:  16 November, 2020

Net profit for the tannery located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh declined 16.67% in the third quarter of 2020.

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Yue Yuen attributes fall in revenue to Covid pandemic

Hong Kong
Published:  16 November, 2020

Group revenue totalled US$6 billion in the first nine months of 2020, down 19.1% year-on-year, and losses amounted to US$154.1 million. 

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Boxmark Leather expands manufacturing site in Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Published:  13 November, 2020

Leather upholstery specialist Boxmark Leather has reportedly started to build a new manufacturing facility in Bosnia.

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Bangladesh faces new suspension of fashion orders

Bangladesh
Published:  12 November, 2020

As several countries in Europe face new lockdowns or further restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, major western buyers are reported to be suspending, once again, apparel orders in Bangladesh.

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LWG and ZDHC Foundation to provide tanners with free access to the ZDHC Gateway

Worldwide
Published:  12 November, 2020

The Leather Working Group (LWG) and the ZDHC Foundation have agreed to provide free access to the ZDHC Gateway for all leather manufacturers currently holding a valid LWG audit certification.

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Lower demand for “non-essential” products impacting Apex Tannery

Bangladesh
Published:  12 November, 2020

The lower global demand for crust and finished leather has been attributed to the fall in demand for “non-essential goods”, particularly in the EU, Japan and the U.S..

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CTCP and APPICAPS organise Leather Goods Week

Portugal
Published:  11 November, 2020

The Portuguese Footwear Technology Centre (CTCP), with support from the Portuguese Footwear Association (APPICAPS), organised a week dedicated to the leather goods sector on October 19 – 23.

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Brazilian leather exports reaching pre-pandemic levels

Brazil
Published:  11 November, 2020

Between January and October, Brazil exported US$770.8 million worth of leather, down 22.5% compared with the same period in 2019.

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PrimeAsia expands its Responsibly Sourced programme

Worldwide
Published:  11 November, 2020

The international tanning Group said this new phase of the ‘Responsibly Raised’ programme will offer more flexibility in hide sourcing all the while ensuring best environmental practices on the farm level.

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Balenciaga to open first production facility in Italy

Italy
Published:  11 November, 2020

The Kering-owned luxury fashion label is planning to open a leather goods production plant and training centre in the Italian region of Tuscany.

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Hermès buys farmland to build crocodile farm

Australia
Published:  11 November, 2020

The French luxury Group is reported to have purchased a former horticultural farm in Australia to build the country’s biggest crocodile farm.

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Brazilian footwear production expected to drop 25%

Brazil
Published:  09 November, 2020

Brazilian footwear production is forecast to decline by over 25% in 2020, and annual exports to fall 26%.

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Deckers Brands discloses supply chain partners

Worldwide
Published:  09 November, 2020

The U.S. headquartered footwear manufacturing Group, which aims to trace 100% of hides to the country of origin, has disclosed a list of Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers, including ten tanneries.

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German footwear manufacturer shifts from China to India

India
Published:  06 November, 2020

Two footwear units were inaugurated on November 3. The company had announced in May that it would be relocating its production from China to India before the end of 2020.

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Volga Tannery to exhibit in AYSAF 2020

Turkey
Published:  06 November, 2020

The tannery will be joining the Russian pavilion at AYSAF (Istanbul International Exhibition for Footwear Materials, Components, Leather and Technologies), which takes place November 18 – 21 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Health experts call for additional tax on meat

United Kingdom
Published:  05 November, 2020

A collective of health professionals in the UK have called for the government to tax food which they claim has a significant environmental impact and includes red meat.

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Australian beef exports down 28%

Australia
Published:  05 November, 2020

Australian beef exports for 2020 are forecast to slightly exceed one million tons, with international demand for Australian red meat remaining “buoyant”.

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Belgian tannery launches e-shop

Belgium
Published:  05 November, 2020

Products available to purchase online include saddlery leathers, horse pads and bridle reins, dyes and samples pack for craftsmen.

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Karachi package to include new road and CETP

Pakistan
Published:  04 November, 2020

A plan for a modern treatment plant in the tannery complex has been put forward. Treated wastewater would be used for agriculture.

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