Hermès winning case of “unfair competition” in Korea

South Korea
Published:  13 July, 2020

The case against a Korean fashion label has been ongoing since 2015.

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Brazilian leather export earnings almost halve in June

Brazil
Published:  10 July, 2020

Leather exports from Brazil declined 47% in value in June compared with the same month in 2019.

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Covid-free certifications no longer needed from U.S. exporters

China/United States
Published:  10 July, 2020

According to the Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA), U.S. exporters no longer need to submit a certification to Chinese importers to attest that the products shipped to China are not contaminated with Covid-19.

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TCLF social partners outline impact of Covid-19

Europe
Published:  10 July, 2020

The European Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) social partners said the disruption of supply chains and the shutdown of retail outlets due to the Covid-19 pandemic completely destabilised these industries by dramatically reducing sales, leading to extreme contractions of revenues and financial distress for companies across all value chains.

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Mulberry could close UK production site

United Kingdom
Published:  10 July, 2020

The British fashion and accessories brand, which is preparing to permanently close down its offices in Paris and Hong Kong, is also reportedly considering to discontinue its footwear line.

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Italy’s footwear exports down 14.7% in first quarter

Italy
Published:  10 July, 2020

In the first three months of the year, Italy exported a total of 52.7 million pairs of footwear, a 14.7% decline compared with the same period in 2019.

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Bangladesh’s annual leather exports decline 22%

Bangladesh
Published:  09 July, 2020

Exports of leather and footwear from Bangladesh declined 22% in fiscal year 2019-20, which has just concluded.

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Covid-19 pandemic forces New Zealand tannery to lay off workers

New Zealand
Published:  08 July, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is said to have caused a significant decrease in orders for finished leather from the automotive and aviation sectors.

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Packer Leather prepares to upgrade operations

Australia
Published:  08 July, 2020

The tannery is one of the companies involved in a local government project that seeks to drive economic recovery through business growth and greater job creation.

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ECHA regulations drive companies to replace harmful substances

Europe
Published:  08 July, 2020

A survey of industry associations has shown that about 19% of companies have cited restriction as the main reason for replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.

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India’s leather exports down 10.89% in fiscal 2019-20

India
Published:  07 July, 2020

India’s leather exports are said to have been severely affected so far into the current financial year due to the Covid -19 pandemic.

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CEC to focus on helping small businesses become more resilient

Europe
Published:  07 July, 2020

Following a partners meeting in June, the European Footwear Confederation (CEC) said the project consortium composed of national and regional authorities and business associations from Greece, Spain, Lithuania, and Poland are moving forward with planned activities to help small businesses become more resilient.

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Australian auto leather supplier forecasts profits down 25%

Australia
Published:  07 July, 2020

The company said its operations have been significantly impacted by market volatility resulting from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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Brazilian footwear exports up 32.7% in June

Brazil
Published:  07 July, 2020

After four consecutive months of decline, footwear exports from Brazil increased 32.7% in June to 3.6 million pairs.

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Tanning sector requests suspension of wage increase

South Africa
Published:  06 July, 2020

Associations from South Africa’s tanning, footwear and handbags sectors have allegedly received requests to suspend wage increases this year.

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Easier loan terms for Bangladeshi tanners

Brazil
Published:  06 July, 2020

A loan rescheduling policy with easy terms for tannery owners is reported to have been confirmed ahead of this year’s Eid al-Adha religious festival.

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Prada to raise prices

Worldwide
Published:  06 July, 2020

The Italian fashion label, which is also raising the prices of some products, said that Prada sales in Asia are returning to normal, pre-lockdown levels, while sales in the U.S. remain unpredictable.

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India’s leather sector plans for complete leather clusters

India
Published:  06 July, 2020

As the U.S. - China trade tensions escalated since 2018, China has increased its exports to India, which now seeks to reduce its dependency on imports from the same.

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Pakistan’s footwear exports up 4.29%

Pakistan
Published:  03 July, 2020

Footwear exports from Pakistan are reported to have increased 4.29% in value, year-on-year, of which leather footwear up 1.83%, during the eleven months of the current fiscal year 2019-20.

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Vietnam could miss leather and footwear exports target

Vietnam
Published:  03 July, 2020

Vietnam’s leather and footwear exports are likely to reach US$15 billion in 2020, missing the target of US$20 billion set earlier for this year.

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China asks for evidence that U.S. hides are free of Covid-19

China/United States
Published:  03 July, 2020

In mid-June, China had requested that meat, dairy and other foods entering the country from the U.S. be accompanied by a document declaring that they are not contaminated with Covid-19.

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Indian companies seek to reduce duty on EU machinery imports

India
Published:  03 July, 2020

Companies from various sectors in India have reportedly started submitting proposals to the government in a move that seeks to reduce import dependence on China.

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LVMH shareholders question sustainability approach

France
Published:  02 July, 2020

During the General Annual Meeting on June 30, some LVMH shareholders reportedly questioned the conglomerate about its approach to sustainability, climate change and biodiversity.

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Kering targets 100% metal-free leather by 2025

Worldwide
Published:  02 July, 2020

The French luxury conglomerate has unveiled its Biodiversity Strategy, which is organised into four stages; avoid, reduce, restore and regenerate, and transform. Among its targets, Kering said it aims to achieve 100% metal-free tanned leather in its Houses’ collections by 2025.

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Rino Mastrotto acquires Nuova Osba

Italy
Published:  02 July, 2020

The Veneto based tanning group, specialised in premium bovine and calf leathers for the footwear, upholstery and automotive sectors, has acquired Tuscan tannery Nuova Osba.

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Cautious optimism amid tentative signs of recovery for German leather sector

Germany
Published:  01 July, 2020

The German Leather Federation, Verband der Deutschen Lederindustrie (VDL), has issued its latest update on the state of the sector, which paints a picture of cautious optimism amid tentative signs of recovery. 

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ECHA inspectors to check final consumer products for compliance

Europe
Published:  01 July, 2020

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced its inspectors will check that products comply with restrictions for selected hazardous substances under REACH.

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India’s CLE to sign MoU with U.S. associations

India
Published:  30 June, 2020

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) said it will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) and the U.S. Fashion Industry Association.

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Audi's fully electric E-Tron with high-speed charging

Electric vehicles help build consumer confidence

Worldwide
Published:  30 June, 2020

Between January and April, global car sales dropped 28% compared with the corresponding period in 2019.

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Argentina temporarily suspends duty on hide exports

Argentina
Published:  30 June, 2020

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Argentina is said to have generated an accumulation of hides in cold storage.

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CEO of Conceria Incas passes away

Italy
Published:  29 June, 2020

Valter Ceccatelli, President and CEO, Conceria Incas, has passed away aged 63.

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Amazon joins LWG

Worldwide
Published:  29 June, 2020

The U.S. headquartered technology and e-commerce multinational has joined the Leather Working Group (LWG) for its own apparel brands and said it is incorporating industry best practices and supporting collective action.

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Stahl partners in research to replace conventional polymers

Europe
Published:  29 June, 2020

The chemical manufacturer said it will be one of the partners in a Research and Innovation Action that aims to replace conventional polymers with novel bio-based polymers for their application in coatings, textiles, home care uses and structural adhesives.

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“Real Leather. Stay Different.” announces first finalists in Taiwan

Taiwan
Published:  29 June, 2020

Co-organised by the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) and Taiwan Leather Industry Association (TLIA), the student design competition has announced the first round winners in Taiwan.

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Kering to open chemical testing lab for fashion in Tuscany

Italy
Published:  29 June, 2020

The French luxury conglomerate is reported to be building a test and innovation laboratory to carry out chemical, physical and biological tests on its finished or semi-finished products, as well as raw materials.

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Pre-loved fashion as the new consumer model

Europe
Published:  26 June, 2020

Rebelle, the online platform for high-quality luxury goods, said in its Resale Report 2020 that, as an effect of the Covid-19 crisis, there has been a 40% increase in the search for investment pieces, such as the Hermès Birkin Bag, especially at the end of March.

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Leather UK warns of EU’s 3mg/kg limit for CrVI in leather

United Kingdom
Published:  26 June, 2020

The European Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) has published its draft opinion on the proposed Skin Sensitisers Regulation, noting the responses to the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) consultation. 

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Lower inventory of U.S. cattle on feed for slaughter

United States
Published:  25 June, 2020

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totalled 11.7 million head on June 1, slightly below the corresponding period in 2019.

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Brazilian footwear exports grew 7.5% in 2019

Brazil
Published:  25 June, 2020

Footwear exports from Brazil grew 7.5% in Brazilian currency in 2019, but declined 0.4% in U.S. dollars.

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Hohenstein and Scivera collaborate for greener chemical formulations

Germany/United States
Published:  25 June, 2020

Headquartered in Germany and the U.S., the organisations say they have streamlined the process for chemical suppliers to assess and validate preferred chemicals and to proactively improve formulations to ZDHC MRSL conformance level 3 and beyond for apparel, footwear and home textiles.

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Indian leather sector demands anti-dumping duty on Chinese footwear

India
Published:  24 June, 2020

The tanners also seek an increase in import duty for chemicals, it is claimed.

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Bangladesh leather goods sector call for more government support

Bangladesh
Published:  23 June, 2020

Stakeholders from Bangladesh’s leather goods sector claim that export-oriented industries should benefit from another emergency stimulus package, and call for duties in imported chemicals to be reduced to 20% from the current 27%.

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Bangladesh tanners fear another raw hides crisis

Bangladesh
Published:  23 June, 2020

Tannery owners in Bangladesh told government officials that raw hides could be dumped once again during the upcoming Eid al-Adha festival as sellers might not obtain the minimum value for their products.

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Rabobank forecasts slowing demand for beef

Worldwide
Published:  22 June, 2020

The Netherlands headquartered multinational banking and financial service provider has revised down its global beef production forecast and expects demand for beef to slow in a declining economy.

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PTA seeks amendment to Finance Bill

Pakistan
Published:  22 June, 2020

Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce has reportedly received dozens of requests from different associations and companies, including from the Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA), which outlined "anomalies" in the country’s Finance Bill 2020-2021.

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Spanish footwear sector and unions join forces for sector recovery

Spain
Published:  22 June, 2020

The Federation of Spanish Footwear Industries (FICE), the Workers Commissions (CCOO) and Spain’s General Union of Workers (UGT), held a meeting on June 16 to analyse the depth of the damage caused to the sector by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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U.S. hides certificate of origin not a requirement for USMCA

North America
Published:  19 June, 2020

Effective July 1, U.S. hide exporters to Mexico or Canada will no longer need to present a formal certificate of origin as a requirement under the U.S. – Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA). Car manufacturers may also have to increase their USMCA bloc sourcing to ensure that 75% of a vehicle's parts are made in a signatory country.

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Jalandhar tannery allowed to resume dry processing

India
Published:  19 June, 2020

A court order has authorised the restoration of electricity and water supply to a tannery located in Jalandhar, North Indian state of Punjab, for dry processing.

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India’s leather industry warns it lacks liquidity

India
Published:  18 June, 2020

Home to about 20% of the world’s cattle and buffalo population and 11% of the world’s goat and sheep stock, representatives from India’s leather sector claim the industry could collapse due to lack of liquidity.

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EU passenger car registrations down 52.3% in May

Europe
Published:  18 June, 2020

Double-digit declines were recorded in each of the 27 EU markets in May, although the drop was less sharp than that recorded in the previous month of April.

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