Assomac talk on sustainable leather fashion chain

Italy
Published:  24 January, 2020

Roberto Vago, Director, Italian Manufacturers of Machinery for Footwear, Leathergoods, Tannery and Accessories (Assomac), gave a talk titled “The sustainability of the leather fashion production chain” during the Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags trade shows, which took place in Riva del Garda, Italy, on January 11-14.

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Kenyan livestock farmers receive training for better hide quality

Kenya
Published:  24 January, 2020

Kenya’s Department of Agriculture is reported to be working closely with some of the country’s livestock farmers on ways of improving animal husbandry.

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UK hide and skin trader enters into liquidation

United Kingdom
Published:  24 January, 2020

A specialised in green hides and skins collector and processor in the UK and Eastern Europe is understood to be entering into liquidation.

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ECHA adds new substances to Candidate List

Europe
Published:  23 January, 2020

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added four new substances to the Candidate List due to toxicity to reproduction, one of which affects plasticiser use in leather finishing.

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CLE calls for duty exemption on raw material imports

India
Published:  23 January, 2020

India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE) expects the Indian government to announce measures that support the leather sector in its upcoming Budget for 2020-2021.

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Pakistani tanners meet with Industry Minister

Pakistan
Published:  23 January, 2020

Representatives from Pakistan’s tanning sector met with Punjab’s Minister for Industries on January 16.

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Adient to invest US$23.5 million in U.S. expansion

United States
Published:  23 January, 2020

The automotive seating and components manufacturer is reported to be investing US$23.5 million to expand a manufacturing facility in the U.S., whose production line include seat mechanisms, welded assemblies and structural seat components.

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South African tannery to relocate closer to major OEM hub

South Africa
Published:  22 January, 2020

The tannery expects to relocate its entire operations in February 2021 and said the new facilities will be better designed to suit its production requirements.

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Zünd expands in France with new acquisition

France
Published:  22 January, 2020

The Switzerland headquartered specialist in the development, manufacturing, and sales of digital flatbed cutting systems, has acquired a long-time official sales and service partner based in France.

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Martyn Shenton, Product and Process Steward, AGC Chemicals

Technical topics dominate day two of Lanxess Leather Seminar

Germany
Published:  22 January, 2020

The second day of the Lanxess Leather Seminar, held in Cologne, Germany, on January 20-21, focussed on more technical topics.

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CNC publishes white paper on responsible leather ethics

France
Published:  22 January, 2020

As an extension of the Sustainable Leather Forum held in Paris in September 2019, the French National Leather Council (Conseil National du Cuir - CNC) has published a white paper dedicated to responsible and environmental leather industry ethics.

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Clarks to expand presence in Indian market

India
Published:  21 January, 2020

The UK based footwear manufacturer and retailer is said to be planning to expand its presence in the Indian market through its joint venture.

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Tata International to expand footwear business in India

India
Published:  21 January, 2020

The global trading and distribution Group, whose portfolio includes leather and finished leather products, is said to be seeking to expand its footwear business in India.

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Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, Vice President, Business Unit Leather, Innovation at Lanxess

Circular economy discussed at Lanxess Leather Seminar

Germany
Published:  21 January, 2020

Already in its fifth edition, the two-day seminar held in Cologne, Germany, on January 20-21 has attracted about 90 delegates from the leather supply chain.

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Vietnam surpasses China in U.S. wet-blue imports

United States
Published:  20 January, 2020

In the first eleven months of 2019, Vietnam edged past China for the first time as the second main destination of U.S. wet-blue in terms of value.

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UNIC campaign to promote values of Italian leather

Italy
Published:  20 January, 2020

The Italian Tanners Association (UNIC) has launched a three-year global campaign to promote the quality of Italian leather with “Real Leather is Real Sustainability” as the underlying message.

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EU passenger car registrations up 1.2% in 2019

Europe
Published:  20 January, 2020

New car registrations increased 1.2% across the European Union in 2019, totalling just over 15.3 million units and marking the sixth consecutive year of growth.

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New owner for New Zealand Light Leathers

New Zealand
Published:  17 January, 2020

Located in South Canterbury, the tannery has been acquired by New Zealand’s biggest finished leather producer.

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New President for Santa Croce Tanners Association

Italy
Published:  17 January, 2020

The board of the association has unanimously appointed its first female President, succeeding Alessandro Francioni, who resigned from the role in November.

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U.S. beef processors seek to dismiss lawsuit

United States
Published:  16 January, 2020

Lawyers for the U.S. largest beef processing companies, including Tyson and JBS, are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed against these companies which accuses them of an alleged scheme to drive beef prices down.

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India’s overall exports decline for fifth consecutive month

India
Published:  16 January, 2020

India’s overall exports declined 1.8% to US$27.4 billion in December, due to a fall in shipments from sectors such as leather and chemicals.

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UNIC meets with tanning sector trade unions

Italy
Published:  16 January, 2020

Held in Milan on January 15, the first meeting was aimed at renewing the Contratto Collettivo Nazionale di Lavoro (CCNL), a state collective employment agreement, and to foster a continuous dialogue between the concerned parties.

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Lower Brazilian leather exports in 2019

Brazil
Published:  16 January, 2020

In December 2019, Brazilian leather exports fell 21.7% to US$82.6 million compared with the same month in the previous year. For 2019, exports were down 20.3%.

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Exports of U.S. wet-blue declined in November

United States
Published:  15 January, 2020

U.S. cured cattle hide exports declined 15% in volume and 32% in value in November 2019 compared with the same month in the previous year.

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Brazilian footwear exports remain flat in 2019

Brazil
Published:  15 January, 2020

In 2019, footwear shipments from Brazil declined 0.9% in value to US$967 million, and increased 0.9% in volume compared with the previous year.

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Deadline extension for Italian sludge treatment plant bids

Italy
Published:  14 January, 2020

Italian water companies Acque del Chiampo and Medio Chiampo have announced a deadline extension for the international tender regarding the construction of a plant to treat dried sludge of the Arzignano tannery district, the largest in Europe. 

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Bangladesh plans to set up three leather goods industrial parks

Bangladesh
Published:  14 January, 2020

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) is reported to be considering the construction of three industrial parks to meet domestic demand for footwear and leather goods.

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Yves Saint Laurent signs agreement for new leather goods factory

Italy
Published:  13 January, 2020

The luxury French fashion Maison is reported to have signed an agreement for the construction of a new leather goods factory in the Italian region of Tuscany.

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APICCAPS launches action plan for sustainability

Portugal
Published:  10 January, 2020

On December 5, the Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers Association (APICCAPS) unveiled the ‘Action Plan of the Footwear Cluster for Sustainability’.

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Ethiopia waives export tax on hides and skins

Ethiopia
Published:  10 January, 2020

The government of Ethiopia announced it has lifted the export tax on hides and skins, effective January 6.

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Zschimmer & Schwarz acquires Italian chemical supplier

Italy
Published:  09 January, 2020

The Germany headquartered chemical manufacturer has acquired a major stake in the Italian producer of finishing and pigment solutions.

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Scottish Leather Group signs new contract with water supplier

United Kingdom
Published:  09 January, 2020

The contract concerns water and wastewater services, as well as support with the disposal of tannery effluent.

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Losses persist for UK leather jacket specialist

United Kingdom
Published:  08 January, 2020

Well known for its motorcycle fashion, Belstaff is reported to have posted a £48 million (US$63.12 million) loss during 2018.

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Brazilian beef exports rise in 2019

Brazil
Published:  08 January, 2020

Brazilian beef exports reached record volume in 2019, boosted by demand from China.

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Buckman joins ZDHC Programme

United States
Published:  07 January, 2020

The U.S. based specialty chemical supplier announced it has joined the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme, which addresses hazardous substances that may be discharged into the environment during the manufacture of materials used in industries such as leather and footwear.

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Kenya’s leather exports impacted by U.S. – China trade war

Kenya
Published:  07 January, 2020

The steep fall in export earnings from the leather sector has been blamed on lower demand from China and the rise in use of alternative materials.

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‘Made In Green’ by OEKO-TEX now includes leather

Switzerland
Published:  07 January, 2020

Switzerland headquartered independent testing and certification system for leather and textiles, OEKO-TEX has updated its existing guidelines as well as the valid test criteria and limit values for certifications and services.

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Nike’s Atsuma seeks to reduce material waste

Worldwide
Published:  06 January, 2020

Released on January 1, Nike’s new classically styled runner, the Atsuma, is produced by reducing material waste while increasing pattern efficiency. 

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Bangladesh’s leather exports down 10.6%

Bangladesh
Published:  06 January, 2020

Between July and December, the first six months of Bangladesh’s current fiscal year, the country’s total export earnings declined 5.84% to US$19.3 billion; mainly attributed to lower shipment of apparel items, as well as leather.

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LVMH acquires minority stake in Masoni

Italy
Published:  06 January, 2020

The French luxury conglomerate, whose leather bags and accessories brands include Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Dior and Celine, is reported to have acquired a minority stake in the Tuscany based tanning group to secure its leather supply chain.

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Australian bushfires could affect thousands of cattle and sheep

Australia
Published:  03 January, 2020

Over two million cattle and eight million sheep could be affected by the ongoing bushfires in Australia.

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Higher sales but deeper losses for Aspinal of London

United Kingdom
Published:  03 January, 2020

Losses for the British manufacturer and retailer of leather bags and accessories are reported to have deepened in 2019.

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Energy price rise to impact Pakistan’s leather sector

Pakistan
Published:  02 January, 2020

The announcement by Pakistan’s government of increased power tariffs and petroleum prices is expected to significantly impact the already fragile national leather industry.

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Judge blocks California ban on crocodile products

United States
Published:  02 January, 2020

A U.S. judge is reported to have temporarily blocked the state of California’s ban on the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products.

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Higher Zimbabwe hide exports in 2019

Zimbabwe
Published:  02 January, 2020

Exports of raw hides and skins from Zimbabwe increased 68% between February and October 2019.

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Belarusian shoe factory invests in leather cutting technology

Belarus
Published:  02 January, 2020

The footwear manufacturer is preparing to upgrade its leather cutting machinery in the first quarter of the year.

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Wet-blue tannery to undergo plant refurbishment

Zimbabwe
Published:  24 December, 2019

A Zimbabwean wet-bluing facility, which recently came out of judicial management, is set to undergo a major refurbishment as part of efforts to improve its operational efficiency in 2020.

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Kanpur tannery closures magnify drop in leather exports

India
Published:  23 December, 2019

After over a year of disruption, Kanpur’s tannery output has contributed negatively to India’s overall finished leather exports. Nationally exports have fallen by nearly 29% between April-August 2019 compared with the corresponding period in the last financial year 2018-19.

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Pakistan trails Bangladesh in leather export earnings

Pakistan
Published:  23 December, 2019

Leather and leather product export earnings from Pakistan are reported to be worth US$850 million for the full year 2019 which is well down on the $1.27 billion the industry earned in full year 2014 after being granted full GSP Plus status to export into the EU. The country now lags behind neighbouring Bangladesh in total leather export earnings.

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Leather UK calls for businesses to prepare for post-Brexit trade scenarios

United Kingdom
Published:  20 December, 2019

Following the result of the recent UK general election and in light of the fact that the UK will leave the EU on January 31, 2020, the industry trade body Leather UK has called on businesses within the leather sector to prepare for the post-Brexit period.  

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