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Co-Chair elected at Leather and Hide Council Annual Meeting

United States
Published:  05 October, 2022

Chad Robertson has been elected as Co-Chair of the Leather and Hide Council (LHCA) at the association’s Annual Meeting.

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Adient announces partnership with EnerTech Capital

Worldwide
Published:  05 October, 2022

Automotive Tier-1 seating company Adient has announced a strategic partnership with venture capital business EnerTech Capital.

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Over 50% growth expected for Mexican footwear in 2022

Mexico
Published:  05 October, 2022

The latest forecasts from the Chamber of the Footwear Industry of the State of Guanajuato (CICEG) estimate that 2022 growth for the Mexican footwear industry will exceed 50%.

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E-commerce accounts for 30% of Brazilian footwear industry sales

Brazil
Published:  04 October, 2022

According to the latest report from the Brazilian Association of Footwear Industries (Abicalçados), footwear e-commerce accounted for 30.1% of the total in 2021.

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Spinnova receives €1.6 million grant for fibre development

Finland
Published:  04 October, 2022

Finnish textile company Spinnova has received a Business Finland NextGenerationEU grant of up to €1.6 million.

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Scottish Leather Group appoints new CEO

Scotland
Published:  04 October, 2022

Scottish Leather Group (SLG) has announced its new CEO after the retirement of CEO Iain McFadyen.

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National Green Tribunal calls for action over tannery pollution

Published:  03 October, 2022

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has called for action from the Uttar Pradesh government in response to river pollution from local tanneries in Kanpur.

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Environmental clearance granted for Bangladesh tanneries

Bangladesh
Published:  03 October, 2022

The Department of Environment has renewed environmental clearance certificates for 14 tanneries in Bangladesh after a hold of over a year.

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ICLT open Satra physical test lab

United Kingdom
Published:  30 September, 2022

On September 29, the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (University of Northampton) opened the student physical testing suite sponsored by Satra Technology Centre at its campus in Northampton. 

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Positive year for Brazilian exports

Brazil
Published:  30 September, 2022

Data prepared by the Brazilian Association of Leather, Footwear and Component Companies (Assintecal) indicates that, between January and August, exports in the sector generated US$291.8 million in export income. The amount is 20% higher than that recorded in the same period of 2021. 

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SLG staff mark 150 years of Lang at new site

United Kingdom
Published:  29 September, 2022

Scottish Leather Group (SLG) has marked 150 years of Lang, its specialist tannery business as it unveils new site in Paisley and cements commitment to growth plans across Renfrewshire. 

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Strong dollar and covid hits Chinese tanners

China
Published:  29 September, 2022

According to analysis by theSauerReport Editor, Ian Banks, working life at Chinese tanneries was going all guns blazing at the start of 2022, right up until the Chinese New Year period. Since then the market situation has become much more complex for local tanners. 

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Main takeaways from Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  29 September, 2022

Simac Tanning Tech, the machinery and automation technology show for the tanning, leather goods and footwear machinery manufacturing sectors took place in Milan on September 20-22 alongside Lineapelle. Here are a three main takeaway trends for tannery machines.

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Gruppo Mastrotto introduces Reviva made from leather scraps

Italy
Published:  28 September, 2022

Italy headquartered leathermakers, Gruppo Mastrotto launched a new patent-pending product called Reviva during the 100th edition of Lineapelle in Milan September 20-22. 

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Real Leather, Stay Different campaign heads to Africa

Africa
Published:  28 September, 2022

The Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) and the African Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) have partnered to launch the Real Leather. Stay Different. African Talent Leather Design Showcase ‘23 (RLSD African Showcase ’23). The new partnership, which commits to ‘educating the next generation of creatives’, aims to reshape education around the production and use of sustainable leather across Africa. 

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Pittards announces steady half year results

United Kingdom
Published:  27 September, 2022

UK leather and leather goods specialist producer Pittards reported on September 26 it has maintained positive trading momentum for the six months ended June 30. It means continued growth in revenue and profitability and a stable order book.

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LVMH creates Heng Long Italy

Italy
Published:  27 September, 2022

LVMH Métiers d'Art is strengthening its position in Europe by acquiring an exotics’ leather maker and a high-end ready-to-wear leather maker.

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Cotance welcomes collaboration on traceability

Europe
Published:  26 September, 2022

Brussels based, Cotance (The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community), has announced that following its Council meeting on September 22 in Milan, it wants to engage with certification bodies around traceability.

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EU fails to exclude leather from deforestation legislation

Europe
Published:  26 September, 2022

The European Parliament voted on September 13 on the amendments presented on the EU Proposal for a Regulation on Deforestation-Free Products entering the EU market. Among them was amendment 247 which was tabled by Italian EPP MEP Luisa Regimenti and 40 other Italian, Spanish, Polish, Romanian, German, Hungarian and Belgian MEPs across political groups.

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Antiba invests in new automated tannery

Italy
Published:  26 September, 2022

Italian fashion leather tanner, Antiba has moved its headquarters from Santa Croce sull’ Arno to the adjacent town of Ponte a Egola, investing almost €15 million in a new 15,000 sq m plant equipped with interconnected and automated machinery under the Industry 4.0 concept.

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Mastrotto joins UN initiative

Italy
Published:  26 September, 2022

Gruppo Mastrotto, one of the leading companies in the tanning industry, has officially confirmed its participation in the United Nations Global Compact, the world's widest corporate citizenship strategic initiative.

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Leather buyers to accept higher prices

Italy
Published:  22 September, 2022

The organisers of Lineapelle trade show have reported that leather buyers attending the show have accepted that prices of leather will increase as the cost of chemicals, labour, energy and higher inflation drive up manufacturing costs.

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Visitors numbers up at Simac Tanning Tech

Italy
Published:  22 September, 2022

Simac Tanning Tech, the trade show featuring the latest tannery, footwear, leather goods and accessories machinery manufacturers and chemical suppliers, reported higher visitor numbers this year compared with the 2021 edition.

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Return to normality for Lineapelle 100

Italy
Published:  22 September, 2022

With no masks in sight and no Covid passes, the 100th edition of the leather trade fair Lineapelle felt like it was returning to form in 2022, despite looming geopolitical and financial uncertainties.

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EU car registrations finally return to growth in August

Europe
Published:  22 September, 2022

New car registrations in the European Union (EU) fell by 10.4% in July 2022, before returning to growth in August.

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Schill+Seilacher launch sugar tanning product

Worldwide
Published:  22 September, 2022

Schill+Seilacher has announced the launch of Succuir, a new pre-tannage and tannage using sugars from vegetable oil waste streams.

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Inversa launches new invasive leather at Lineapelle

United States
Published:  22 September, 2022

Inversa Leathers has announced its third leather made from an invasive animal at the Lineapelle trade fair in Milan.

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Former General Manager calls for support for Cold Storage Company

Zimbabwe
Published:  21 September, 2022

Former General Manager and economist Eddie Cross has called for support for the Cold Storage Company (CSC) following its revival.

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Nigerian leather institute proposes pomo ban

Nigeria
Published:  21 September, 2022

The Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) is proposing legislation to ban pomo.

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Furla appoints Giorgio Presca as CEO

Italy
Published:  21 September, 2022

Italian leather goods company Furla has announced the appointment of Giorgio Presca as its new CEO.

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Kering speaks on sustainability at EuroCongress

Italy
Published:  20 September, 2022

Chiara Morelli, Group Operations Sustainability Senior Manager at Kering, spoke at III IULTCS EuroCongress in Vicenza on September 20, on the company's dedication to sustainability.

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Leather chemistry and analysis discussed at IULTCS EuroCongress

Italy
Published:  19 September, 2022

The first presentation sessions of the III IULTCS EuroCongress featured novel developments in leather chemistry, especially around beamhouse and wet-end process steps, as well as the latest updates in analytical methods and restricted substances.

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FGL International and Finikem join forces

Italy
Published:  19 September, 2022

The two Italy-headquartered chemical companies belonging to the Lapi Group will become a single company where the two products lines will coexist covering the wet-end phase and finishing.

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Issues in automotive leather addressed at Sustainable Leather Forum

France
Published:  16 September, 2022

Industry leaders came together for a roundtable at the Sustainable Leather Forum (SLF) in Paris on September 12 to discuss automotive leather.

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PFAS restrictions added to ZDHC MRSL 3.0

Worldwide
Published:  16 September, 2022

ZDHC has announced some of the expected changes for MRSL Version 3.0, including restricting all PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) for leather.

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Mixed picture for European bovine slaughter Q2 2022

Europe
Published:  16 September, 2022

Ian Banks, Editor of theSauerReport, looks at how minimal growth in European bovine slaughter numbers does not show the true picture across the continent.

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Prada Group acquires stake in Conceria Superior

Published:  15 September, 2022

Prada Group has announced the acquisition of a 43.65% stake of Conceria Superior, a tannery based in Santa Croce sull'Arno.

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Portugal exports 40 million pairs of shoes in H1 2022

Portugal
Published:  15 September, 2022

Portuguese footwear exports amounted to 40 million pairs in the first half of 2022, according to the latest data from APICCAPS, the Portuguese footwear and accessories association.

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Footwear manufacturing moving to Vietnam, report says

China/Vietnam
Published:  15 September, 2022

Footwear manufacturing is shifting from China to Vietnam, according to data from Research and Markets.

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Pakistan Tanners' Association calls for support

Pakistan
Published:  15 September, 2022

Yousuf Shafiq, Vice Chairman of Pakistan Tanners’ Association (PTA South Zone), has asked for the government to provide greater support to the domestic leather industry.

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Cotance and industriALL Europe launch Green Deal Leather

Europe
Published:  14 September, 2022

Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (Cotance) and trade union industriAll Europe have launched Towards Zero Adverse Impact of the European Leather Industry – Green Deal Leather.

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Stahl to complete 150 product LCAs in 2022

Worldwide
Published:  14 September, 2022

At the Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris on September 12, Stahl confirmed that it is on course to complete 150 life cycle assessments (LCAs) by the end of 2022.

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Brazilian hide exports on a downward trend

Brazil
Published:  13 September, 2022

Declines have continued for Brazilian hide exports in August 2022, according to the latest data released by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) of the Ministry of Economy and reported by CICB/Brazilian Leather.

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No slowdown for U.S. beef exports in July

United States
Published:  13 September, 2022

U.S. beef exports have once again topped US$1 billion in July 2022, according to the latest data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Leather chemical leaders discuss CSR in Paris

France
Published:  13 September, 2022

At the Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris on September 12, leading figures from the leather chemical industry came together to discuss corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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Footwear exports increase 35% against pre-pandemic

Brazil
Published:  12 September, 2022

Recovering from the declines caused during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Brazilian footwear industry has reported good results for footwear exports for the first eight months of 2022. 

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Apex Tannery FY22 results

Bangladesh
Published:  12 September, 2022

Apex Tannery, located in Savar, has reported a profit increase for its FY2022 with the company announcing higher profits but lower overall sales by volume compared with the same period in 2021. 

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Sustainable Leather Forum begins in Paris

France
Published:  12 September, 2022

Fashion and leather have come together in Paris for the Sustainable Leather Forum on September 12.

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Accidental fire at JBS facility in Colorado

United States
Published:  09 September, 2022

A JBS hide processing facility caught fire on Wednesday, September 7 in Greeley, Colorado and was extinguished by local fire services.

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Growth projections jump for Brazilian footwear

Brazil
Published:  08 September, 2022

According to the Brazilian Association for the Footwear Industries (Abicalçados), growth projections have increased due to recovering markets.

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