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Bulawayo Leather Cluster to revive Namibia deal

Zimbabwe
Published:  19 May, 2022

The Secretary-General of the Bulawayo Leather Cluster has told local media that plans are in motion to revive a deal with Namibia that was delayed by the pandemic.

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Best April for Brazilian footwear exports in 14 years

Brazil
Published:  19 May, 2022

Data from the Brazilian Association of Footwear Industries (Abicalçados) shows that, for April 2022, footwear exports from Brazil were up 75.4% in value.

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Slaughter numbers bounce back after Easter

Australia
Published:  19 May, 2022

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has reported that slaughter volumes for cattle, sheep and lambs have bounced back after the Easter period.

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April hide exports from Brazil down on 2021

Brazil
Published:  18 May, 2022

Monthly data for Brazilian hide exports in April 2022, released by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) of the Ministry of Economy and reported by CICB/Brazilian Leather, shows a drop of 9.1% on the same month in 2021.

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Unexpected raw material price stability in Germany

Germany
Published:  17 May, 2022

Ian Banks, Editor of theSauerReport, expresses his surprise at rawhide prices in Germany and their relative high levels in the current market.

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Mulberry launches carbon-neutral collection

Worldwide
Published:  13 May, 2022

The fashion brand has launched its first carbon-neutral collection of leather handbags with the Lily Zero.

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Government to prepare plot allocation guidelines for Savar

Bangladesh
Published:  13 May, 2022

The government is to prepare a complete guideline for plot allocation at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate.

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District Magistrate warns 19 tanneries over missed payments

India
Published:  13 May, 2022

The Kanpur District Magistrate has issued a warning to 19 tanneries in the region who have not paid their contribution for the construction of a common effluent treatment plant (CETP).

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Nona Source opens UK showroom

United Kingdom
Published:  12 May, 2022

LVMH material resale platform Nona Source has opened its first UK showroom at The Mills Fabrica in London.

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Growth slows for U.S. hide exports in March

United States
Published:  12 May, 2022

Total hide exports are up 21% in value in 2022 so far over the first three months of 2021, according to the latest data from the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA).

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Focus on biobased leather chemicals at Leather Days

Germany
Published:  12 May, 2022

There was a strong focus on switching leather chemicals away from fossil-carbon derived chemicals towards a new generation of biobased leather chemicals on Day 2 of the 10th Freiberg Leather Days conference in Chemnitz on May 12.

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West braces for cargo overload when China lifts restrictions

China
Published:  12 May, 2022

Western companies are preparing for increased congestion when China finally lifts its Covid-19 restrictions and opens major ports including Shanghai.

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(Right) Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, Manuela Kallauch, Carmen Frieauff and Prof. Haiko Schulz

Freiberg Leather Days celebrates 10th anniversary

Germany
Published:  11 May, 2022

Delegates, online and live, were provided with a review of the previous 10 editions of the conference during the 10th edition of the Freiberg Leather Days conference in Chemnitz on May 11. 

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VGCT annual award goes to Dr Michael Meyer

Germany
Published:  11 May, 2022

Dr Michael Meyer, Technical Director of the FILK Institute, is the recipient of the 2022 VGCT annual award. 

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Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, VGCT (right) and Dr Haiko Schulz, FILK open the 10th Leather Days.

10th Leather Days goes hybrid

Germany
Published:  11 May, 2022

The tenth edition of the FILK Leather Days conference is underway in the town of Chemnitz in southern Germany as a hybrid event. 

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Stahl releases 2021 ESG report

Netherlands
Published:  11 May, 2022

Leather chemical business Stahl has released the latest edition of its annual environment, social, and governance (ESG) report.

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EAC import tariff raised to 35%

Africa
Published:  11 May, 2022

East African Community (EAC) partner states have settled on a new Common External Tariff (CET) for fourth band products, including leather.

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LHCA communicates guidance on health certificates

United States
Published:  10 May, 2022

The Leather & Hide Council of America (LHCA) has communicated guidance from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on health certificates.

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Survey says U.S. shoppers to spend less on footwear

United States
Published:  10 May, 2022

According to a survey of shoppers in the U.S., almost half are planning to spend less on footwear this Spring.

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Pictured left to right: University of Northampton Deputy Vice-Chancellor Shãn Wareing and Satra Executive Director Michael Bodsworth.

Satra provides testing equipment for ICLT

United Kingdom
Published:  10 May, 2022

Independent research and testing organisation Satra has provided the University of Northampton’s Institute for Creative Leather Technology (ICLT) with leather testing equipment.

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Invest in machinery, advises Bangladesh embassy in China

Bangladesh/China
Published:  10 May, 2022

The Bangladesh embassy in Beijing has offered advice to the government of the country on how to enhance leather exports to China.

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U.S. beef exports hit new value record in March

United States
Published:  10 May, 2022

Exports of beef from the U.S. have hit a new record in March, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Leather Naturally discontinues Metcha campaign

Worldwide
Published:  09 May, 2022

Leather industry promotional body Leather Naturally has announced its decision to close the Metcha marketing campaign, first proposed in 2018 and launched in 2019.

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Mauricio Bauer joins JBS as Corporate Sustainability Officer

Brazil
Published:  06 May, 2022

Having recently left his position at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Mauricio Bauer has joined JBS Brazil as Corporate Sustainability Officer.

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Kering invests in so-called lab-grown leather company

United States
Published:  05 May, 2022

Kering has joined other investors in supporting VitroLabs, a company which wants to build and scale what it calls the world’s first pilot production of cell cultivated leather.

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ISA TanTec partners with World Wildlife Fund

Worldwide
Published:  05 May, 2022

International tanning group ISA TanTec has announced a collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to launch a responsible sourcing policy standard.

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Andreas Kindermann to leave Wollsdorf

Austria
Published:  04 May, 2022

Industry leader Andreas Kindermann has announced that he will be leaving Wollsdorf Leather after 14 years.

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RCI publishes carbon capture study for chemicals

Europe
Published:  04 May, 2022

Together with CO2 Value Europe (CVE) and nova-Institute, the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) has published a study examining the CO2 reduction potential of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) in the chemical industry.

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Biobased material start-up raises US$1.7 million

United States
Published:  03 May, 2022

New York-based start-up TomTex has raised US$1.7 million in pre-seed funding for development of biobased materials from mushroom and seafood shell waste.

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TFL releases winter 2023-24 colour trends

Worldwide
Published:  03 May, 2022

Leather chemicals manufacturer TFL has launched its latest Colour Trends Catalogue for the Autumn/Winter 2023-24 season.

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European car registrations decline in 2022

Europe
Published:  03 May, 2022

In the first quarter of 2022, new passenger car registrations fell by 12.3% year-on-year, according to the latest data from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

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Authorities warn Savar solid waste smugglers

Bangladesh
Published:  29 April, 2022

Authorities have warned solid waste smugglers at the Savar tanning complex to cease their activities.

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Bridge of Weir leather for Polestar 2 update

Worldwide
Published:  29 April, 2022

Sustainability is a focus for Polestar’s newest vehicle updates, including traceable and chrome-free leather from Scottish tanner, Bridge of Weir.

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JBS and Silvateam to host Livestock Farming Methane Forum

Worldwide
Published:  29 April, 2022

Meat and leather processing giant JBS is partnering with Italy based Silvateam to hold the Livestock Farming Methane Forum and promote debates around livestock methane emissions in May.

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Left to right: Graziano, Santo, Bruno and Chiara Mastrotto.

€1.5 million bonus for Gruppo Mastrotto employees

Italy
Published:  28 April, 2022

Italian tanning Gruppo Mastrotto has announced a doubling of its production bonus for employees to a total of €1.5 million.

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Pakistan leather exports up almost 9%

Pakistan
Published:  28 April, 2022

According to the most recent data from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), leather exports brought in US$463.9 million from July 2021 to March 2022.

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Tyson CEO testifies to U.S. Congress on beef prices

United States
Published:  27 April, 2022

Donnie King, President and CEO of Tyson Foods, has delivered a prepared testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture on rising beef prices.

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Argentine cattle slaughter down a million head

Argentina
Published:  27 April, 2022

Slaughter for March 2022 was down a million head compared with the same period in March 2021, as noted by theSauerReport.

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Left to right: Frank Boehly, President of the CNC, and Guillaume de Seynes, Managing Director of Hermès.

Frank Boehly awarded National Order of Merit

France
Published:  25 April, 2022

President of the Conseil National du Cuir (CNC), Frank Boehly, has been awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite medal (Knight of the National Order of Merit).  

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CNC reports French leather sector recovered in 2021

France
Published:  25 April, 2022

The Conseil National du Cuir (CNC) has published its World Trade in the Leather Industry report for 2021, showing that the French leather industry has maintained strong performance despite Covid-19.

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Hugo Boss announces resale platform and repair service

France/Germany
Published:  25 April, 2022

Hugo Boss will be launching premium resale platform Pre-Loved in France in the third quarter of 2022 which will include its leather goods items.

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Australian sheep farmers to increase flock numbers

Australia
Published:  21 April, 2022

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has reported the results of its February 2022 sheep meat and wool survey.

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Chinese concerns for Brazilian hide exports in March

Brazil
Published:  21 April, 2022

Data released by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) of the Ministry of Economy and reported by CICB/Brazilian Leather shows that overall hide exports grew by 9.5% in value in March 2022.

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Royal Smit & Zoon releases 2021 ESG report

The Netherlands
Published:  20 April, 2022

Global leather chemicals manufacturer Royal Smit & Zoon has published its Environment, Social, Governance (ESG) report for 2021, highlighting the company’s environmental and social performance. The report is describing the company’s challenges for the future and the progress it is making towards its mission ‘to create a socially and environmentally sustainable leather supply chain’. Despite the impact of Covid-19 Royal Smit & Zoon is reporting strong progress towards its long-term goals with some specific highlights. 

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Burak Uyguner

ICT announces new Vice President

Worldwide
Published:  19 April, 2022

The International Council of Tanners’ (ICT) has announced that Bekir Burak Uyguner from Turkey has been elected as its new Vice President. 

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Brazilian footwear export volumes up 57.5% in March

Brazil
Published:  12 April, 2022

Data released by the Brazilian Association of Footwear Industries (Abicalçados) shows that Brazil exported 13.17 million pairs of footwear in March, up 57.5%.

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French tannery launches tuna leather footwear

France
Published:  12 April, 2022

French tannery Mégisserie de la Molière has partnered with seafood processing group Barba to create a brand of tuna leather.

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Slaughter volume dips in Australia predicted for April

Australia
Published:  12 April, 2022

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has released its forecast for an expected dip in slaughter volumes during April.

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35% value growth for U.S. beef exports in February

United States
Published:  12 April, 2022

Data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) shows strong growth for beef exports in February 2022, with value growing by 35%.

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Emily Omesi's 2021 winning design.

Hugo Boss and Mulberry figures join RLSD competition panel

Worldwide
Published:  11 April, 2022

The Real Leather. Stay Different. International Student Design Competition has recruited industry figures from Hugo Boss and Mulberry to join its judging panel.

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