Law Tanning welcomes new Technical Director

United States
Published:  13 May, 2021

Milwaukee-based Law Tanning, specialised in cow and bison hides for leather footwear and accessories, has appointed David Bowmaster as Technical Director.

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Loewe and Sotheby’s collaboration promotes craft and leather

Spain/Worldwide
Published:  13 May, 2021

Spanish luxury fashion label Loewe has teamed with Sotheby’s auction house for the Loewe Weaves project, which showcases its commitment to craft through a series of finely crafted leather and raffia accessories such as Galician chestnut roasters, bags and accessories, available in stores from May 27, 2021.

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Bhartiya International achieves Chem-MAP approved partner status

India
Published:  13 May, 2021

Eurofins/Chem-MAP, advisors in chemical management and monitoring commitment to responsible chemistry, has announced that Bhartiya International is now a Chem-MAP approved partner following a chemical management audit.

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U.S. Q1 pigskin exports decrease against 2020

United States
Published:  13 May, 2021

The Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) has released its Hides and Skins Export Summary for May 2021, which shows pigskin exports decreased 31% in volume and 24% in value compared to the same period in 2020, with China/Hong Kong and Vietnam the only regions increasing in value.

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Brazilian leather exports see a dramatic 74.5% increase

Brazil
Published:  13 May, 2021

Hides and leather exports from Brazil in April totalled US$122 million, up 74.5% compared with the same month in 2020 when US$69.9 million worth was exported. This also reflects a figure 9% higher than March 2021, when the total was US$111.9 million. China remains the main destination for Brazilian leather.

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Gruppo Mastrotto 100% powered by renewable energy

Italy
Published:  13 May, 2021

The Italian tanning group has announced that its tanneries are now 100% powered with electricity from renewable sources as part of its #SustainabilityNextLevel campaign.

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Australian Leather loses trademark battle over Uggs

Australia/United States
Published:  12 May, 2021

Australian footwear company Australian Leather’s court appeal against Deckers Outdoor’s footwear brand Ugg, renowned for its sheepskin boots, has been rejected following a four-year legal battle. The company, which considers the sheepskin boot to be a national symbol and “ugg” to be a generic term, sought to have the U.S. trademark rescinded and suffered a US$450,000 loss in court.

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ILSA Brazil on verge of historic milestone

Brazil
Published:  11 May, 2021

The Italian bio-stimulant producer’s Brazilian branch, ILSA Brazil, an associate of the CICB, will soon reach a historic milestone, having transformed 300 thousand tonnes of leather residue into fertilisers since the beginning of its operation in Brazil in 2009.

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Chiampo CEPT upgrade to reduce hydrogen sulphide emissions

Italy
Published:  11 May, 2021

Italian water company Medio Chiampo has installed new technology to reduce the airborne emissions of hydrogen sulphide associated with tannery beamhouse processing at its Chiampo facility. It follows the construction of the new chemical-physical treatment plant at the communal wastewater treatment plant along with two new primary sedimentation compartments.

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Mauricio Bauer

Mauricio Bauer moves from NWF to WWF

Worldwide
Published:  10 May, 2021

Mauricio Bauer has left the U.S. based National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to take on the role of Senior Director for Beef and Leather Supply Chains at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the organisation dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of the planet, halt the degradation of the environment and combat the climate crisis.

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Queen Máxima to visit Smit & Zoon

The Netherlands
Published:  10 May, 2021

Queen Máxima will be visiting leather chemicals manufacturer Smit & Zoon at its headquarters in Weesp on May 26, 2021 as part of the company’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

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Lear sales increase 20% in first quarter

United States
Published:  07 May, 2021

The U.S. headquartered supplier of automotive seats and components has reported US$5.4 billion in the first quarter of 2021, up 20% compared to US$4.5 billion in the same period in 2020.

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Canada imposes duties on leather upholstery from China and Vietnam

Canada/China/Vietnam
Published:  07 May, 2021

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) has decided that upholstered furniture from China and Vietnam sold in Canada is now subject to country-wide duties of 295.5% and 101.5%, respectively, after a preliminary determination of dumping.

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AQC POD series 2021 announced

Switzerland
Published:  07 May, 2021

Switzerland’s AQC (Association pour l’Assurance Qualité des Fabricants de Bracelets Cuir / Association for Quality Assurance of Leather Strap Manufacturers) has announced its 2021 POD series: Bisphenols in Leather, taking place Thursday 20 May, 2021, 10.30am to 11am Swiss time.

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Improving traceability across the leather and hide industry

Australia
Published:  07 May, 2021

The Australian Hide Skin & Leather Exporters’ Association has been awarded a AUD$326,000 (US$253,436.70) grant to install and operate Australia’s first hide and leather tracing system as part of the Australian Government’s Modernising Agricultural Trade agenda to support the target of an agricultural sector worth AUS$100 billion (US$77.74 billion) by 2030.

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Malawi losing out on leather exports

Malawi
Published:  06 May, 2021

The Leather Industries Association of Malawi (LIAMA) has stated that every year, the country loses US$100 million in exportation of leather products without any value addition, according to The Southern Times Africa.

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Indian leather hub traders share concerns over state of the sector

India
Published:  06 May, 2021

Business owners in Kanpur have shared their concerns over the current status quo of the local leather sector, which has been significantly affected by the latest outbreak of the pandemic. Kanpur is the largest city of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India and one of the biggest hubs of the leather trade in the country, both across retail and exports, contributing approximately 30% to the leather trade in India.

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Government urged to reconsider holiday announcement

Pakistan
Published:  06 May, 2021

The President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, has warned government against another set of SOPs and Public Holidays on account of Eid-ul-Fitr, announced by National Command Operation Center (NCOC) without consulting business, industrial or trade communities in Pakistan.

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Céline Abecassis-Moedas joins Lectra’s Board of Directors

France
Published:  06 May, 2021

Céline Abecassis-Moedas has been appointed as a new Independent Director of the French technological solutions provider. Nominated for a period of four years by Lectra’s members, she joins the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Strategic Committee.

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Over 600 young people take part in TCLF industries project

Europe
Published:  06 May, 2021

The spring of 2021 has seen a concerted, virtual effort to attract new talent to the European Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) sectors by the partners of the Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF industries 2030 Blueprint (S4TCLF) project. Between February and April, over 600 14 to 18-year-olds from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and Romania took part in ‘Your First Step in TCLF’ virtual career and opportunity orientations webinars.

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German retail sales climb as lockdown measures ease

Germany
Published:  05 May, 2021

German retail sales saw their biggest year-on-year increase in March 2021 since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, as the relaxation of lockdown measures boosted purchases of clothes and shoes, news agency Reuters has reported.

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India’s Covid-19 wave could cripple its leather industry

India
Published:  04 May, 2021

India’s first Covid-19 lockdown was largely successful in terms of curbing the outbreak of the virus, but the economy was crippled in the process. India now faces a devastating Covid-19 crisis, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reluctant to damage the economy further, CNN Business reports, warning that it may get crushed regardless, which will have devastating effects on India's leather industry.

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Kim Sena

Kim Sena joins Leather Naturally management board

Worldwide
Published:  04 May, 2021

Leather Naturally has confirmed the appointment of Kim Sena, Sustainability Manager at JBS Couros, to the group’s management board, elected with a large majority. He assumed the position on May 1, 2021.

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Toni Baltes

Toni Baltes replaces Stephen Sothmann as ICHSLTA President

Worldwide
Published:  04 May, 2021

The International Council of Hides, Skins, and Leather Traders Association (ICHSLTA) has held its 92nd Annual General Meeting virtually on April 21, 2021. At the meeting, ICHSLTA members reviewed issues related to the trade of hides and skins globally, with a focus on pandemic-induced consequences to the hides and skins trade.

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MLA reports on future for Australian livestock

Australia
Published:  04 May, 2021

A major reduction in slaughter volumes on the back of significant rainfall in northern Australia over the summer has fuelled the prospect of the national cattle herd rebuild intensifying, according to Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) Cattle Industry Projections April update.

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Perundurai SIPCOT to be closed following environmental violations

India
Published:  04 May, 2021

Following the potential legal action against a plant in Perundarai, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which is run by tannery units functioning at the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) Industrial Growth Centre, as reported by ILM, the Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has directed officials to close the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP).

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Calm returning to the hide market after a volatile year

Worldwide
Published:  04 May, 2021

As is well reported, the world has had a severe downturn in beef production over the past twelve months, and as a result, a shortage of hides as a by-product from the beef industry. There has been one exception to the rule, namely the U.S., which has seen record slaughter volumes, primarily to meet the growing needs of Chinese and other Far East based export customers alongside domestic demand.

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European new car registrations increased by 63% in March 2021

Europe
Published:  30 April, 2021

The latest JATO report shows that new car registrations increased by 63% in March 2021 in Europe compared with March 2020. According to data for 26 markets across the region, volume rose from 842,094 to 1,374,313 units, bringing the first quarter volume to 3,045,703

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Nike Refurbished provides circular take-back scheme

United States
Published:  30 April, 2021

Nike Refurbished is the U.S. sportswear brand’s latest circular consumer offering. After a shopper returns a pair of shoes to Nike, Nike Refurbished tidies them up and then makes them available to Nike shoppers at a discounted price.

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US cattle feed up 5% paired with record high for beef production

United States
Published:  29 April, 2021

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totalled 11.9 million head on April 1, 2021, 5% higher than the same period in 2020. This is the second highest April 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. Meanwhile, commercial red meat production for the U.S. totalled 5.05 billion pounds in March 2021, up 1% from the 5 billion pounds produced in March 2020.

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Stahl sales up 4.6% in first quarter with 9.5% organic growth

Netherlands
Published:  29 April, 2021

Stahl’s sales totalled €210.1 million in the first quarter of 2021, representing an increase of 4.6% compared with the same period in 2020. Organic growth is up 9.5%. The figures were announced as part of first quarter results for 2021 by France headquartered Wendel Group, owner of the Dutch chemical specialist.

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Pakistan’s footwear sector demands government support

Pakistan
Published:  29 April, 2021

The footwear industry of Pakistan has called on the government to formulate a policy for the industry to strengthen its footprint in global markets and enable it to hold a greater share of exports than its competitors.

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Codyeco achieves highest level of ZDHC certification

Italy
Published:  28 April, 2021

The Italian leather chemicals producer has received the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Level 3 certification, which the company says proves its products meet all requirements connected to ZDHC and considers to be a significant step towards catalysing its role in driving sustainability in the Italian leather chemical industry.

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Stahl drives sustainable development strategy with ZDHC certification

Netherlands
Published:  28 April, 2021

The Netherlands headquartered global chemical specialist has achieved certification for the highest level of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals foundation (ZDHC) compliance for multiple Performance Coating products. The new Level 3 certification is said to demonstrate Stahl’s commitment to rigorous product stewardship, including chemical compliance to above-industry requirements, and to driving value chain transparency across the chemical industry.

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Chanel and the University of Cambridge collaborate for sustainability

France/United Kingdom
Published:  28 April, 2021

The French luxury fashion label has entered a three-year partnership with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) to combine sustainability education programmes, innovative operational projects and scholarships focused on driving greater inclusion.

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LVMH launches the first online resale platform for fashion and leather materials

France/Europe
Published:  28 April, 2021

LVMH has launched Nona Source, the first online resale platform for “re-sourcing” materials from the group’s Fashion & Leather Goods Maisons. Designed by LVMH’s in-house experts Marie Falguera, Romain Brabo and Anne Prieur du Perray, Nona Source supports the group’s environmental strategy by rethinking sourcing and supporting the circular economy. It is incubated by LVMH’s DARE (Disrupt, Act, Risk to be an Entrepreneur) programme to accelerate innovative solutions.

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9th Freiberg Leather Days Hybrid programme announced

Germany/Online
Published:  27 April, 2021

FILK, the organisers of Freiberg Leather Days, which aim to facilitate an exchange of information and experience among experts from the tanning and leather industry, has announced the programme for its 9th event, which will be a hybrid format taking place from June 9-10, 2021.

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Muay Thai champion and celebrity blogger stars in LHCA sustainability campaign

Worldwide
Published:  26 April, 2021

The Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) has released the second video in a three-episode series which forms part of its “Real Leather. Stay Different” campaign, featuring Yoyo Sun, Thai Boxing Champion of Shuangiing Showdown 9, as well as a fashion blogger with more than two million followers.

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India’s leather exports decline 28.3%

India
Published:  26 April, 2021

India’s exports of leather and leather products declined 28.3% to U$3.3 billion in 2020-21 compared to US$4.6 billion in 2019-2020, attributed to the impact of Covid-19 on key markets of the EU, the UK and the U.S., according to the Council for Leather Exports.

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Vans commits to 100% responsible leather by 2030

United States
Published:  26 April, 2021

The U.S. footwear and apparel brand, owned by VF Corporation, has committed to reducing its environmental footprint which includes ensuring that 100% of its top materials, including rubber, cotton, leather and polyester, come from regenerative, responsibly sourced renewable or recycled sources across 85% of its materials. The move follows in the footsteps of sister brand Timberland’s pledge to be net positive by 2030.

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Stella reports first quarter revenue increase

Hong Kong
Published:  23 April, 2021

The Hong Kong manufacturer and retailer of footwear and leather goods has announced its unaudited consolidated revenue increased by 15.3% to approximately US$303.4 million, compared to the unaudited consolidated revenue of approximately US$263.2 million for the corresponding period of 2020. This was mainly attributable to a low base, as the first quarter of 2020 was heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Tanneries face potential legal action for illegally discharging effluents

India
Published:  23 April, 2021

A plant in Perundarai, a town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which is run by tannery units functioning at the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) Industrial Growth Centre, has been discharging effluents into a defunct oxidation pond. The District Environmental Engineer of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has recommended legal action against the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP).

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Programme announced for 74th Foundation Day

India/Online
Published:  23 April, 2021

CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) has announced its virtual line-up for its 74th Foundation Day celebration.

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Abbyson expands leather production to Italy

United States/Italy
Published:  22 April, 2021

Full-line furniture manufacturer Abbyson has partnered with management consultants A&G Italy to create a new division for premium leather and fabric upholstery production in Italy.

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LVMH, Prada and Cartier become first global luxury blockchain

Worldwide
Published:  22 April, 2021

The French luxury conglomerate has partnered with two major brands, Prada and Richemont-owned Cartier, to develop Aura Blockchain Consortium, the world’s first global luxury blockchain.

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Mulberry shares ‘Made to Last Manifesto’ for low-carbon leather

United Kingdom
Published:  22 April, 2021

The British luxury leather goods brand has launched a sustainability programme, the ‘Made to Last Manifesto’ which, among other goals, aims to create the world’s lowest carbon leather. This is part of the brand’s pledge to become net zero by 2035.

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Pakistan leather goods exports register growth

Pakistan
Published:  22 April, 2021

The exports of leather goods have increased 6.66% in Pakistan during the nine months of the financial year 2020-2021, compared to the exports in the 2019-2020 financial year.

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Tyson becomes first meat company to join cattle traceability program

United States
Published:  21 April, 2021

The beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods has joined a cattle disease traceability program called U.S. CattleTrace, making Tyson the first beef processor to join the program, which was formed by multiple state cattlemen’s organisations to develop a national infrastructure for animal disease traceability in the U.S. cattle industry.

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Experts respond to U.S. ban on kangaroo leather

United States/Australia
Published:  21 April, 2021

The U.S. congress is considering banning the import and sale of kangaroo parts. Backed by a campaign called ‘Kangaroos Are Not Shoes’, the bill aims to stop the likes of Nike, Adidas and other brands from using kangaroo leather in their products. The decision has provoked an outcry by conservation experts.

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Nearly 300 chemicals identified as candidates for regulatory action

Finland
Published:  21 April, 2021

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has reported its Integrated Regulatory Strategy, highlighting its work to identify and manage chemicals that may pose risks to people and the environment, as well as providing recommendations to authorities and industry on managing risks.

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