Mini responds to ILM on leather upholstery decision

United Kingdom
Published:  03 March, 2021

A spokesperson from Mini has reiterated the company’s decision to suspend the use of leather in its car interiors.

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Zschimmer & Schwarz Lahnstein site certified MRSL Level 1

Germany
Published:  02 March, 2021

Almost all leather auxiliaries from Zschimmer & Schwarz’s portfolio, produced at the company’s main site in Lahnstein, Germany, have received the ZDHC MRSL Level 1 certification.

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IULTCS Announces Two New Testing Commission Convenors

Worldwide
Published:  02 March, 2021

The International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemical Societies (IULTCS) announced that during its recent virtual meeting of leather test method commissions, two of the three Convenors have been replaced.

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FILK study finds alternative materials do not match leathers' performance

Europe
Published:  02 March, 2021

FILK experts carried out various standardised physical and chemical tests on nine leather alternatives, including Pinatex, Muskin and Appleskin. None of the alternative materials are said to have achieved the properties of leather according to the applied reference values.

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Former Hermès employees sentenced to prison

France
Published:  02 March, 2021

On February 24, a French judge sentenced 23 people to up to six years in prison, including nine former Hermès employees, for their involvement in a counterfeit "Birkin" bag ring.

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ZDHC releases CMS Technical Industry Guide

Worldwide 
Published:  01 March, 2021

The release of the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) CMS Technical Industry Guide completes the ZDHC Chemical Management System (CMS)It will enable the implementation of sustainable chemical managementcoordinating expectations across brands and suppliers, and reduce impacts on the community, broader environment and worker safety.

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Tanneries continue to pollute Dhaleswari river in Savar

Bangladesh
Published:  01 March, 2021

Four years after their relocation, the tanneries at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate (STIE) continue to pollute the nearby river with toxic waste.

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EU-Vietnam FTA yields good results for Vietnam’s footwear sector

Vietnam
Published:  26 February, 2021

Since the second half of the third quarter of 2020, orders for Vietnam’s leather and footwear industry have reportedly improved, with exports gradually recovering from the Covid crisis.

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Pulcra achieves highest level of ZDHC Gateway compliance

Germany
Published:  26 February, 2021

The Germany headquartered chemical manufacturer announced it has achieved the ZDHC Level 3 certification for a wide range of leather chemicals across its global manufacturing facilities.

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Annual revenues down 26% for Italy’s fashion industry

Italy
Published:  26 February, 2021

According to Confindustria Moda, whose member associations include the leather goods and footwear sector, revenues declined 26% in 2020, representing a loss of €25 billion.

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Salvatore Ferragamo invests in customer experience

Worldwide
Published:  25 February, 2021

The Italian fashion label is seeking to amplify the understanding of customers' emotions and to establish a direct personal connection.

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South Africa’s NTE Company updates website

South Africa
Published:  25 February, 2021

NTE Company in South Africa has updated its Mimosa branded products website, making it more lightweight for use on mobile devices.

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IULTCS announces winners of research grant

Worldwide
Published:  25 February, 2021

The Executive Committee of the IULTCS has announced the two winners of the 2021 IUR research grants. The selected scientists are from Brazil and New Zealand.

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ECHA outlines chemical assessment carried out in 2020

Europe
Published:  24 February, 2021

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said it checked 1,900 chemicals in 2020 to identify a need for further assessment. Registrations for 258 chemicals were also checked for compliance with the REACH requirements.

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Second highest February inventory for U.S. cattle and calves on feed

United States
Published:  24 February, 2021

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 12.1 million head on February 1, 2021.

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Italy’s ‘Real Leather. Stay Different.’ competition selects finalists

Italy
Published:  24 February, 2021

The Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) has announced that the judges have chosen the finalists of the Italian ‘Real Leather. Stay Different.’ student design competition.

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Difficult times for Argentina’s meat industry

Argentina
Published:  23 February, 2021

Lower domestic beef consumption, rising cattle costs and containers waiting at Chinese ports are among the main challenges facing the Argentinean meat industry.

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Boxmark Leather to supply major airline

Worldwide
Published:  23 February, 2021

The tanning group, which has a manufacturing plant in Kidričevo, northeastern Slovenia, has reportedly signed a new contract in the aviation sector.

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New version of LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol

Worldwide
Published:  23 February, 2021

The Leather Working Group (LWG) is releasing a new version of the Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol – P7.0.

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CETP in Kanpur’s tanning district risks closure

India
Published:  22 February, 2021

The Ganges pollution control unit (GPCU) has asked for the operations of 37 tanneries in the Jajmau area of Kanpur to be halted due to lack of payment for running the CETP.

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Luxury stocks show upward trend

Worldwide
Published:  19 February, 2021

As luxury groups such as LVMH and Hermès reported a pick-up in sales in the last quarter of 2020, pointing to a return to growth in 2021, their confidence has helped drive up stock prices.

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Strong performance for Schaffer’s auto leather division

Australia
Published:  18 February, 2021

Half-year statutory net profit after tax (NPAT) for Schaffer Corporation amounted to AU$23.1 million (US$18 million), up from AU$13.9 million (US$10.80 million) in the first half of the Group’s fiscal year 2020.

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Pittards collaborates on anti-bacterial leather technology

United Kingdom
Published:  18 February, 2021

UK based tanner Pittards has partnered with a bacterial growth specialist for anti-bacterial leather.

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Kanpur tannery worker dies in drum

India
Published:  17 February, 2021

A 30-year-old worker has reportedly died while working on a drum in a tannery located in the leather district of Jajmau, Kanpur.

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EU new car registrations down 24% in January

Europe
Published:  17 February, 2021

New passenger car registrations in the European Union declined 24% to 726,491 units in January, marking the lowest January total on record to date.

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Indian researchers find method to recycle stored salt

India
Published:  17 February, 2021

After introducing zero liquid-discharge a few years ago, Tamil Nadu officials now aim for zero tannery waste by recycling residual salt.

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Vietnam’s leather and footwear exports up 3%

Vietnam
Published:  17 February, 2021

Leather and footwear exports from Vietnam increased 3% in January year-on-year, to 21.9 million pairs.

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EU leather industry launches new Social Dialogue project

Europe
Published:  16 February, 2021

The main task of the European Repository of the Industry’s Collective Agreements (ERICA) project will be to create an online database gathering the national Collective Agreements of the European leather sector.

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CTC and SATRA partner for combined certification service

Europe
Published:  16 February, 2021

The partnership between the two specialists in the certification of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will enable CTC’s customers to obtain CE marking and UKCA certification in a combined service.

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Tanzania to raise levy on hide exports to 100%

Tanzania
Published:  15 February, 2021

Tanzania’s Ministry of Industry and Trade could raise the tax imposed on exports of raw hides and skins to 100% from the current 80%.

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Mondial Suole secures loan for sustainability plan

Italy
Published:  12 February, 2021

The footwear sole manufacturer based in Marche, Italy, has obtained a €6.5 million loan for sustainable development projects.

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Improved second half results for Pittards

United Kingdom
Published:  12 February, 2021

The UK headquartered tanner and leather goods manufacturer posted a 30% increase in revenue for the second half of 2020, compared with the first six months of the same year.

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Several workers die at clandestine garment factory in Morocco

Morocco
Published:  12 February, 2021

At least 28 workers, mostly women, are reported to have died at a clandestine clothing factory located in Tangier, Morocco.

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Italy overtakes China as main buyer of Brazilian leather

Brazil
Published:  11 February, 2021

Hides and leather exports from Brazil in January totalled US$97.8 million, up 19.8% compared with the same month in 2020, with Italy overtaking China as the main destination.

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Change in organisational structure at Assintecal

Brazil
Published:  10 February, 2021

The Brazilian Association of Leather, Footwear and Components (Assintecal) has announced changes pertaining to its organisational structure.

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LWG launches digital Tannery of the Future self-assessment

Worldwide
Published:  10 February, 2021

The Leather Working Group (LWG) has launched a new online training platform designed to educate leather manufacturers and other stakeholders of the leather supply chain on responsible operating practices.

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Brazilian footwear exports show improvement

Brazil
Published:  09 February, 2021

Although footwear exports from Brazil in January were lower than in the same month of 2020, the data points to an improvement since last April.

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Lectra

Lectra to acquire Gerber Technology

France/United States
Published:  08 February, 2021

The French technological solutions provider announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire U.S. based Gerber Technology.

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Buckman announces price increase

Worldwide
Published:  08 February, 2021

The U.S. based specialty chemical supplier has announced a price increase of between 8% and 26% across all products categories.

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ICT responds to Mini’s decision to ditch leather seats

Worldwide
Published:  08 February, 2021

The International Council of Tanners (ICT) has responded to carmaker Mini’s decision to discontinue leather in its interior offer. In the letter, Dr Kerry Senior, Secretary, ICT, expressed his disappointment and asked the automotive manufacturer to reconsider the decision.

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25 associations participate in International Footwear Forum (IFF)

Worldwide
Published:  05 February, 2021

The fifth edition of the International Footwear Forum (IFF) was organised by the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry on February 2.

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ISA TanTec launches Greener Pastures collection

Worldwide
Published:  05 February, 2021

The international tanning Group has launched its fully traceable Autumn/Winter 2022 Greener Pastures leather collection for both the footwear and luxury markets.

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New Director for Tanzania Leather Association

Tanzania
Published:  04 February, 2021

The Leather Association of Tanzania (LAT) has appointed a new Executive Director following the retirement of Joram Wakari.

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ECHA summarises achievements of SVHC 2020 Roadmap

Europe
Published:  04 February, 2021

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a brochure summarising the achievements of the SVHC 2020 Roadmap, following its completion. The aim was to identify all relevant, currently known substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and include them on the Candidate List by 2020.

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Hide prices expected to flatten out in the short term

Worldwide
Published:  04 February, 2021

According to market information and analysis conducted by theSauerReport over the past month, we have witnessed some downward price corrections in the hide market, but only on some selected grades and end product uses. With the impending Chinese New Year holidays and local Covid-19 related lockdowns, market prices appear to be adjusting themselves for the weeks ahead.

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East African leather sector call for government efforts

East Africa
Published:  03 February, 2021

Representatives from the East African leather industry have called for efforts in the development of policies between governments and the private sector.

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Kenya’s new leather complex ready by December 2021

Kenya
Published:  03 February, 2021

Kenya’s new industrial leather park in Machakos will be ready for use by end of this year, according to government officials.

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Mini to stop offering leather upholstered seats

Worldwide
Published:  03 February, 2021

According to Oliver Heilmer, Head of the Mini Design Team, the carmaker would no longer offer leather upholstery options in future models.

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Portugal’s footwear sector organises Environmental Responsibility Week

Portugal
Published:  03 February, 2021

The virtual inauguration of the week-long event was attended by João Matos Fernandes, Portugal’s Minister of Environment and Energy Transition.

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Sustainable Leather Forum 2020

CNC updates white paper on responsible leather ethics

France
Published:  03 February, 2021

The new edition of the white paper published by the French National Leather Council (CNC) has been revised to include a work synthesis resulting from the Sustainable Leather Forum 2020.

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