CLE expects a rise in footwear exports

India
Published:  25 September, 2020

Footwear exports from India are expected to pick up once the coronavirus pandemic settles down.

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One in five new EU car registrations are electrified

Europe
Published:  25 September, 2020

As the overall volume of new car registrations in the European Union declined 18% in August, compared with the same month in 2019, sales of electrified vehicles (EVs) helped halt the drop.

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ICEC and NWF partner to assess leathers and hides from the Amazon

Worldwide
Published:  25 September, 2020

Italy’s Institute of Quality Certification for the Leather Sector (ICEC) and the U.S. based National Wildlife Federation (NWF) have partnered to develop a complete supply chain assessment of leathers and hides originated from the Brazilian Amazon.

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Pittards Ethiopia wins award for good practice

Ethiopia
Published:  25 September, 2020

The UK headquartered tanner and leather goods producer has won an award instituted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Revenue in 2019, which highlights good practice and loyalty in tax payment.

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Stahl joins Renewable Carbon Initiative as founding member

Worldwide
Published:  25 September, 2020

The recently founded Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) aims to replace fossil fuel based carbon with renewable carbon and change the foundation of the chemical industry.

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ECHA says 23% of imported products not REACH and CLP compliant

Europe
Published:  24 September, 2020

A pilot project by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Enforcement Forum examining imports of products into the EU has found that 23% of inspected products were non-compliant with REACH and Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations.

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Low attendance for Lineapelle – A New Point of View

Italy
Published:  24 September, 2020

The event was held September 22 – 23 in pavilions 5 and 7 of the FieraMilano Rho.

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JBS Group announces sustainability initiatives to improve value chain and preserve the Amazon

Brazil
Published:  24 September, 2020

The Brazilian meat-processing giant has launched a set of ambitious initiatives aimed at the conservation and development of the Amazon biome which it says are aligned with the company’s intention “to feed the world in an increasingly sustainable manner”.

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IUCN concerned over luxury brands ban on exotic leather

Worldwide
Published:  23 September, 2020

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has expressed its concerns about the decisions taken by some luxury fashion groups to ban or cease to use the skins of wild animals, such as crocodiles, alligators, snakes, and lizards.

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Gruppo Mastrotto patents antibacterial and antiviral leather

Italy
Published:  23 September, 2020

The Italian tanning Group has launched a new leather treatment that ensures higher safety standards and protection against viruses and bacteria.

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Higher demand for industrial leather gloves

India
Published:  23 September, 2020

Several leather goods manufacturers specialised in the production and export of leather wallets and bags are reported to be turning to the production of industrial safety gloves.

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Veg-tanned fish skin start-up opens in France

France
Published:  22 September, 2020

Recently inaugurated, the company hopes to recover some of the 50,000 tonnes of fish skins that go to landfill in France each year.

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Minimum wage fixed for Bangladesh’s footwear and leather goods workers

Bangladesh
Published:  21 September, 2020

A gazette notification published on September 8 by Bangladesh’s Ministry of Labour and Employment said a new minimum wage has been fixed for the country’s footwear and leather goods workers.

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Bangalore residents blame CEPT for health problems

India
Published:  18 September, 2020

The company that owns and manages the CEPT is allegedly not treating effluents before letting them into the drains.

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Madrid cattle breeders feel ignored by the government

Spain
Published:  18 September, 2020

The farmers and ranchers of the Community of Madrid said they feel abandoned, forgotten and excluded by the government, and that the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation.

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Italian footwear and leather goods place hope on Micam/Mipel

Italy
Published:  18 September, 2020

Domestic demand for footwear in Italy declined 30% in the first six months of the year, while the leather goods sector closed the first half with a 43.2% decline in turnover.

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Signs of improvement for German leather sector

Germany
Published:  17 September, 2020

The German Leather Federation, Verband der Deutschen Lederindustrie (VDL), has issued its latest update on the state of the sector, which shows a marked improvement for the country’s leather industry.

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Sri Lanka could ban cattle slaughter

Sri Lanka
Published:  17 September, 2020

Following a parliamentary deliberation, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, has proposed a nationwide ban on cow slaughter. The import of beef, however, could be allowed for consumption.

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India sets up Development Council for Footwear and Leather Industry

India
Published:  17 September, 2020

The Indian government is reported to have set up a 25-member Development Council for the Footwear and Leather Industry.

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EU passenger car registrations down 32%

Europe
Published:  17 September, 2020

Passenger car registrations in the European Union have declined 32% in the first eight months of the year; by 5.7% in July and 18.9% in August.

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Europeans now rank eco materials as priority when shopping

Europe
Published:  17 September, 2020

Irrespective of age, European consumers now rank ecological materials as their most important criteria when shopping for fashion goods, with 58.5% favouring local production, some 64.1% saying they want to buy items made from eco-responsible materials and 30.1% even willing to spend more for them.

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U.S. seeks bilateral veterinary certificate with Kazakhstan for hides

Kazakhstan/United States
Published:  16 September, 2020

Kazakhstan will no longer accept the U.S. - Russia veterinary health certificate for U.S. hides and skins exports.

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250 participants attend the Sustainable Leather Forum

France
Published:  16 September, 2020

The second edition of the Sustainable Leather Forum took place on September 14 in Paris. Participants included luxury fashion companies J.M. Weston, Kering, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, as well as the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), Cotance and IULTCS.

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Boxmark Leather completes redundancy plan

Slovenia
Published:  16 September, 2020

The Austria headquartered car upholstery manufacturer is reported to have completed the process of cutting 350 jobs at a manufacturing plant located in Slovenia.

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97% of Bangladesh’s exports to China benefit from duty-free

Bangladesh
Published:  15 September, 2020

The new duty-free access package to China became effective on July 1.

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Kindermann re-elected as Cotance President

Europe
Published:  15 September, 2020

The Annual General Assembly of the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (Cotance) took place in Vienna, Austria, on September 7.

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Deadline for Savar CETP ends in December

Bangladesh
Published:  14 September, 2020

Construction works at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE) started in 2003 and the deadline to complete the central waste management ends in December this year, it is claimed.

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EU and UK auto industry plead for Brexit agreement

Europe
Published:  14 September, 2020

Over 20 co-signatories from the EU and UK auto industry said that negotiators on both sides must now pull out all the stops to avoid 'no deal' at the end of the transition, which, according to new calculations, would cost the pan-European automotive sector some €110 billion in lost trade over the next five years.

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Brazilian leather exports pick up in August

Brazil
Published:  11 September, 2020

Brazilian leather exports totalled US$79.4 million in August, down 14% in value compared with the same month in 2019, but 20% higher than the previous month of July.

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Pandemic creates opportunity to develop sustainable footwear

Portugal
Published:  11 September, 2020

Luís Onofre, President of the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association (APICCAPS) and of the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) said the industry needs to reinvent ways to keep itself “alive and healthy”.

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Première Vision Leather to showcase 202 e-boutiques

France
Published:  11 September, 2020

The digital version of Première Vision Leather takes place September 15 - 16 on the Première Vision Marketplace, which replaces the physical show scheduled to take place on the same dates at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition grounds.

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Turkey’s leather goods exports down 24%

Turkey
Published:  10 September, 2020

Leather goods exports from Turkey are reported to have declined 23.9% between January and July, compared with the same period in 2019.

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Tyson Foods launches largest beef transparency programme in the U.S.

United States
Published:  10 September, 2020

The U.S. meat processor has announced its programme to verify sustainable beef production practices on more than five million acres of cattle grazing land in the U.S.. This would be the largest known programme of its kind in the country.

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Tod’s leather goods sales more than halve in first half

Worldwide
Published:  10 September, 2020

Consolidated sales for the Tod’s Group in the first half of 2020 totalled €256.9 million, down 43.5% from the corresponding period in 2019.

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Bangladesh government scheme to support redundant workers

Bangladesh
Published:  10 September, 2020

Redundant workers from export-oriented sectors such as garment, leather and footwear could benefit from a financial package.

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Brazilian footwear exports declined 32.7% since January

Brazil
Published:  09 September, 2020

Particularly impacted by lower demand from the U.S., Brazilian footwear exports declined 32.7% in value, year-on-year, in the first eight months of 2020.

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Bangladesh’s leather exports decline by double digits

Bangladesh
Published:  08 September, 2020

Leather and leather goods exports from Bangladesh are reported to have fallen 16.54% in July-August.

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Anya Hindmarch launches handbag collection made from leather scraps

United Kingdom
Published:  08 September, 2020

The British fashion brand said its Patchwork collection, created in collaboration with a Tuscan supplier, avoids leather waste by ensuring that a larger proportion of the hide is used.

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Italven tannery acquires crocodile leather specialist

Italy
Published:  08 September, 2020

Family-owned Italven is now the only remaining independent tannery in Italy specialised in crocodile skins, a segment dominated by luxury holdings such as Hermès, Kering and LVMH.

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US$19,000 alligator bag destroyed for lack of import permit

Australia
Published:  07 September, 2020

The Saint Laurent-labelled handbag purchased in France was seized by the Australian Border Force in Perth.

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Timberland supports next generation of sustainable designers

Worldwide
Published:  07 September, 2020

VF Corporation, a global branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories manufacturer, together with its Timberland brand, announced a collaboration with environmental charity Redress for the Redress Design Award 2020.

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UK government proposes legislation that links leather to deforestation

United Kingdom
Published:  04 September, 2020

Leather UK has warned that the UK government has identified leather as a commodity associated with deforestation and intends to include it in proposed legislation designed to reduce deforestation linked to products sold in the UK.

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EU TCLF industry welcomes new EU Skills Agenda

Europe
Published:  03 September, 2020

The partners of the Erasmus+ Blueprint project ‘Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030’ (S4TCLF), led by the representative organisations of the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) industries in Europe, have welcomed the new EU Skills Agenda published in July 2020.

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Stahl debt facilities extended

Europe
Published:  03 September, 2020

Wendel, Stahl’s major shareholder, said it has welcomed the successful achievement of a process of Amend and Extend of the debt facilities of the chemical manufacturer.

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Kazakhstan tannery resumes operations after ten years

Kazakhstan
Published:  03 September, 2020

A property lease agreement, with the right of subsequent purchase, has been signed for a leather and fur factory located in Semey, in the East Kazakhstan region, part of Siberia.

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Crest Leather acquires wet-blue tannery

Europe
Published:  03 September, 2020

UK based Crest Leather, specialised in high quality finished leather for upholstery, has announced the acquisition of a tannery located in Arzignano, Italian province of Vicenza.

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Dolce & Gabbana showcases collaboration with Tuscan Consortium

Italy
Published:  03 September, 2020

The collaboration between the Italian luxury fashion label and Cuoio di Toscana is being showcased as part of a series of events organised by the Pitti Immagine trade show and the Municipality of Florence on September 2 – 4, some of which transmitted by live streaming.

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Each Rolls-Royce Ghost interior features 20 different hides

Worldwide
Published:  02 September, 2020

The luxury car manufacturer said the new Ghost reflects a minimalist philosophy and represents the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet.

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Bovine hide smugglers arrested in China

China
Published:  02 September, 2020

Reportedly, 17 people were arrested by border authorities in Guangzhou, China, for attempting to smuggle US$72 million worth of bovine hides.

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Marfrig launches carbon-neutral beef range

Brazil
Published:  02 September, 2020

The Brazilian meat processor said the initiative creates a sustainable cattle production chain.

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