Chile’s footwear and automotive industry under pressure

Chile
Published:  08 April, 2020

If Chile produced 35.7 million pairs of shoes in 1991, this figure had already declined to 5 million in 2017. All industry sectors combined, Chile has recorded a 6.5% drop in exports in March, while imports contracted 18.6%.

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Lower Brazilian footwear exports

Brazil
Published:  08 April, 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, Brazil exported 32 million pairs of shoes, representing US$ 240.9 million in earnings, a decline both in volume and value.

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CNC mobilises to help French leather sector

France
Published:  08 April, 2020

Many leather companies in France, from both the industrial and distribution sectors, are at a standstill due to the COVID-19 restriction measures put in place by the French government since March 16.

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Argentina to monitor meat and hide prices

Argentina
Published:  07 April, 2020

The Argentinean government has created a programme to monitor the price of meat and hides in a move aimed at controlling “value distortions”.

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Cotance and industriAll Europe postpone final conference

Europe
Published:  07 April, 2020

The final conference of the Social and Environmental Report (SER) 2020 project, developed by the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (Cotance) and industriAll Europe trade union, has been postponed.

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Coronavirus update: The status quo in Portugal

Portugal
Published:  07 April, 2020

Goncalo Santos, Secretary General of the Portuguese Leather Industry Association, APIC, gives ILM the latest overview of the coronavirus situation in his country. 

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Brazilian footwear manufacturers help combat COVID-19

Brazil
Published:  06 April, 2020

Actions by Brazilian footwear manufacturers range from donations to hospitals and health professionals to the production of protection masks and development of content to entertain people during isolation.

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Rino Mastrotto makes donation to Veneto region

Italy
Published:  06 April, 2020

The Italian tanning Group is reported to have donated €500,000 to the Veneto region to help fight the COVID-19.

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Severe financial losses for Bangladesh’s leather exporters

Bangladesh
Published:  06 April, 2020

Bangladesh’s leather sector exporters are reported to have cumulated losses of over US$250 million due to the COVD-19 pandemic.

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ATC to manufacture hand sanitisers

France
Published:  06 April, 2020

Usually only granted to companies from the cosmetic and pharmaceutical sectors, France based ATC Tannery Chemicals has succeeded in obtaining a license to manufacture hand sanitisers.

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Update on the impact of coronavirus impact from France and China

Worldwide
Published:  06 April, 2020

Continuing its round-up series on the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on the global leather industry and supply chain, ILM has the latest overview from industry associations in France and China. As this is a fast evolving situation, the information is correct at the time of publishing, with further news updates being added on an ongoing basis. ILM aims to be the lead information source for the global leather supply chain while we all get through this pandemic together. 

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Gruppo Mastrotto donates towards healthcare equipment

Italy
Published:  03 April, 2020

The Italian tanning Group said it has donated €100,000 to the San Bortolo non-profit foundation, and is providing its employees with health insurance.

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Boxmark Leather sewing 6,000 masks daily

Slovenia
Published:  02 April, 2020

Specialised in leather for the upholstery sector, the tannery has been producing 6,000 protection masks daily to help combat COVID-19.

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India’s leather industry recording several cancellations

India
Published:  01 April, 2020

From footwear manufacturers to leather goods producers, the COVID-19 pandemic is leading to a steep decline in leather exports from India.

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Round-up from global markets on the impact of the coronavirus on the tanning industry

Worldwide
Published:  31 March, 2020

Continuing its round-up series on the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on the global leather industry and supply chain, ILM has the latest overview from international tanneries and industry associations. As this is a fast evolving situation, the information is correct at the time of publishing, with further news updates being added on an ongoing basis. The below focusses on the United Kingdom and Argentina. 

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Small U.S. leather designers helping to sew masks

United States
Published:  31 March, 2020

Small leather and textile businesses in Kansas City, U.S. state of Missouri, have stepped in to help combat the COVID-19 spread by using their skills to produce masks for hospitals.

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EU footwear sector to launch new training programmes

Europe
Published:  31 March, 2020

The European funded project Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030 Blueprint has announced the launch of training programmes corresponding to the eight new or updated occupation profiles defined during previous project phases.

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Stahl releases 2019 CSR report

The Netherlands
Published:  31 March, 2020

The Netherlands based specialty chemicals supplier has published its annual report on environment, social and governance topics for 2019.

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Automotive sector slowly reopening in China

China
Published:  31 March, 2020

A major hub for automotive manufacturing, some OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are slowly resuming operations in Wuhan while temporarily closing down factories across Europe and North America.

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‘Smartworking’ platform offered for free

Italy
Published:  30 March, 2020

As staff from companies, including in the leather sector, are obliged to work remotely due to the coronavirus spread, an Italy based provider is offering its platform for free during a six-month period.

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Pittards posts higher earnings despite lower revenues

United Kingdom
Published:  30 March, 2020

The UK headquartered tanner and leather goods producer has reported a rise in profit for 2019.

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Leading Spanish tanning industry figure passes away

Spain
Published:  30 March, 2020

Silvino Navarro Snr, one of Spain’s best known tanners for over 60 years has passed away at the age of 92. He founded the tannery Incusa located near the Spanish city of Valencia and was known as a leading entrepreneur both inside and outside the leather industry.

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Bangladesh facing order cancellations for leather and garments

Bangladesh
Published:  30 March, 2020

Bangladesh is the world’s second largest garment exporter after China, with the sector employing around 4.1 million people.

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Lower U.S. cattle for slaughter inventory in 2019

United States
Published:  30 March, 2020

Cattle and calves in the U.S. as of January 1, 2020 totalled 94.4 million head, slightly below the 94.8 million head on January 1, 2019.

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U.S. wet-blue exports decline 20% in 2019

United States
Published:  30 March, 2020

In 2019, exports of U.S. hide, skin and leather amounted to over US$1.17 billion, representing a US$450 million decrease compared with 2018.

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Tanneries in Pakistan hope to continue producing wet-blue

Pakistan
Published:  27 March, 2020

Tanneries in Pakistan have been ordered to shut down as the number of declared cases of the COVID-19 surges across the country.

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Adient to reduce salaries of non-plant employees

United States
Published:  27 March, 2020

The automotive seating supplier is reported to be reducing salaries as the COVID-19 crisis impacts the company’s profitability.

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Coronavirus: Round-up from global markets on the impact on the tanning industry

Worldwide
Published:  26 March, 2020

Continuing its overview on how the coronavirus is impacting the global tanning industry, ILM spoke to a number of international tanneries and industry associations to get an insight into how the current crisis is affecting the leather supply chain. As this is a fast evolving situation, the information is correct as of March 26, 2020, with the below focussing on the German, Indonesian and Thai markets.

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EU new car sales continued to decline in February

Europe
Published:  26 March, 2020

New car sales in Europe totalled 1,063,264 units in February, down 7% compared with the same month in 2019, representing the lowest number of registrations since 2015, with the SUV segment performing less well and the results not yet taking into account the collateral impact of COVID-19.

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U.S. cattle for slaughter inventory slightly higher

United States
Published:  25 March, 2020

U.S. cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totalled 11.8 million head on March 1, 2020.

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Pre-loved luxury handbags business booming in Hong Kong

China
Published:  25 March, 2020

Sales of second-hand luxury bags are said to be rising in China and Hong Kong as more and more people are selling their luxury goods for cash amid a financial crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Pakistan proposes “Relief Package” to export industries

Pakistan
Published:  24 March, 2020

Pakistan’s leather sector could benefit from a proposed “Relief Package” to be announced by the country’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan.

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Italian tanneries to halt production

Italy
Published:  24 March, 2020

As per the latest Italian government directives, tanneries in Italy will be temporarily suspending production on March 25, raising questions related to the number of unused hides.

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Tanneries in China slowly increasing production

China
Published:  24 March, 2020

The current situation in China has been improved gradually with no new domestic coronavirus cases confirmed as of March 24, except in the area of Wuhan where one new case was confirmed. However, sources inside China state that the country is still under extreme pressure from new imported cases from people returning to or entering the country.

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Coronavirus: ILM update on the global impact in the tanning industry

Worldwide
Published:  23 March, 2020

As the coronavirus crisis continues to spread, ILM spoke to a number of tanneries and international industry associations to get a picture of the current situation and its impact on production and the wider leather industry supply chain. The below information is correct as of March 20, 2020. As this is a rapidly developing situation, ILM will continue to update the story as we receive new information. Here ILM provides market overviews from Italy, Argentina, Taiwan, Turkey, India (Kanpur) and the U.S.

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India reports sharp drop in leather exports in two days

India
Published:  23 March, 2020

India’s leather products and footwear exports industry lost about INR200 million (US$2.61 million) in orders from the U.S. and Europe in just two days, it is claimed.

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Brazilian beef exports forecast to reach record figures

Brazil
Published:  20 March, 2020

Despite registering declines in the first two months of 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, Brazilian meat exports are expected to grow 10% this year.

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Significant drop in Pakistan’s leather exports

Pakistan
Published:  20 March, 2020

The country’s exports of raw and finished leather are reported to have declined 45%.

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U.S. turning to India for industrial safety leather goods

India
Published:  20 March, 2020

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. mainly sourced safety gear from China, it is claimed.

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Boxmark Leather to produce protection masks

Slovenia
Published:  19 March, 2020

The tannery, specialised in leather for the upholstery sector, is reported to be engaging in the manufacturing of protection masks for Slovenia.

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India’s leather exports could drop 20%

India
Published:  18 March, 2020

International buyers are said to be putting orders on hold due to the spread of the COVID-19, with some allegedly looking to push prices down.

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U.S. auto industry concerned over USMCA implementation date

North America
Published:  18 March, 2020

Canada was the last country to have approved the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on March 13, shortly before its Parliament was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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JBS Couros new ‘Market of Fashion’ collection

Worldwide
Published:  18 March, 2020

The Brazil headquartered international tanning Group launched its ‘Market of Fashion’ Spring-Summer 2021 collection during the Lineapelle international leather trade show held in Milan, February 19-21.

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More funds to help revive Aston Martin

United Kingdom
Published:  17 March, 2020

The British luxury sportscar manufacturer is reported to be struggling to turnaround as it is impacted further by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Luxury sector hit hard by coronavirus outbreak

Worldwide
Published:  16 March, 2020

According to global consulting firm Bain&Co, Chinese customers accounted for about one-third of all luxury-goods purchases in 2018.

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Four tannery workers die in Vellore car accident

India
Published:  16 March, 2020

The pickup truck they were travelling hit the compound wall of a tannery unit in the early hours of March 15.

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Luxury manufacturing struggling in Italy

Italy
Published:  13 March, 2020

High-end fashion labels such as Prada, which has 19 of its 22-owned factories located in Italy, are reported to continue with manufacturing activities despite a drop in global demand and government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Brazilian footwear sector records lower exports

Brazil
Published:  12 March, 2020

Brazil shipped 23 million pairs worth US$166.7 million in the first two months of the year, down 10.7% in volume and 8.5% in value compared with the corresponding period in 2018.

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Lanxess to sell off leather chemicals operations

Germany
Published:  12 March, 2020

The specialty chemicals manufacturer said the decision to sell its leather business unit is part of the company’s strategic realignment. In 2019, Lanxess already disposed of the chrome chemicals business and its interest in the chrome ore mine.

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Bangladesh tanners unable to ship some containers

Bangladesh
Published:  12 March, 2020

Bangladesh’s Business Promotion Council (BPC), which operates under the Ministry of Commerce, has reportedly submitted proposals for financial aid aimed at domestic industry sectors affected by the coronavirus crisis.

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