Waste treatment sanctions risk tannery closures

Spain
Published:  02 December, 2021

The wastewater treatment plant located at the Lorca tanning complex has accrued outstanding payments totalling €232,000 and may be at risk of losing its license to operate.

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Lapi Gelatine acquires Juncà Gelatines

Europe
Published:  02 December, 2021

Lapi Gelatine has acquired Spanish company Juncà Gelatines, eyeing further growth in the industrial gelatine sector for food and pharmaceutical applications. 

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Japanese leather imports up almost 50% in August

Japan
Published:  02 December, 2021

The Japan Leather and Leather Goods Industries Association (JLIA) has released its latest data for leather trade, covering August 2021.

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Omicron puts Kanpur buyer visits on hold

India
Published:  02 December, 2021

Worries around the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have resulted in foreign buyers postponing visits to leather units in Kanpur.

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Environment ministry agrees to shut down Savar tanning estate

Bangladesh
Published:  02 December, 2021

The environment ministry has agreed with a watchdog recommendation to immediately close the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate, which has been running without facilities to properly treat its waste for 10 years.

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Stellantis overtakes Volkswagen EU sales for October

Europe
Published:  02 December, 2021

According to JATO Dynamics’ data covering 26 European markets, the car market across the region has declined due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage, but electric vehicles continue to grab market share, and Stellantis has outsold previous leader Volkswagen.

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Kenya Vision 2030 prioritises leather

Kenya
Published:  30 November, 2021

The Kenyan government has identified the leather sector as a flagship project for realising its manufacturing sector targets under the Kenya Vision 2030 plan.

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Noel Tata retires from Tata International

India
Published:  30 November, 2021

Noel Tata has stepped down from his role as Managing Director of Tata International after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65 for all senior personnel of the Tata Group.

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Stahl expands number of ZDHC Level-3-certified products

Worldwide
Published:  29 November, 2021

Stahl, an active proponent of responsible chemistry, on November 29 announced that it has achieved ZDHC Gateway certification for 400 more of its products, bringing the total number of Level 3 certified products to 1800. 

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Sicit opens new laboratories and invests in China

Italy
Published:  29 November, 2021

Sicit formally opened its new laboratories in Arzignano on November 26 in the presence of two local mayors and Sicit co-owners which include leading Italian tanner, Rino Mastrotto.  

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Turning leather scraps into yarn

South Korea
Published:  29 November, 2021

Korean start-up ATKO Planning, has devised a process that re-uses leather scraps and turns them into a textile yarn to be used for footwear and apparel applications. 

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CICB comments on EU deforestation law

Published:  26 November, 2021

The Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) has commented on the announcement that the European Commission has proposed a law which would prevent the import of goods to European Union countries linked to deforestation, by requiring companies to prove their global supply chains are not contributing to the problem.

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Lineapelle report shows positive market trends

Italy
Published:  25 November, 2021

In the latest Lineapelle Leather Market Overview, for the third quarter of 2021, the Italian tanning sector is showing positive growth in 2020, with a 14% increase in turnover for medium-large bovine leathers, and 24% for small bovine.

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Petition to remove “inedible” from rawhides

Published:  24 November, 2021

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has received a petition from the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC) on the campus of Oklahoma State University (OSU) to remove hides from the list of inedible products.

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Ecco launches new technical performance leather

Denmark
Published:  24 November, 2021

The leather production arm of Denmark-headquartered tanner and shoe manufacturer/retailer Ecco has released Motion 2.0, a new collection it says “redefines leather as a material able to breathe, respond and perform”.

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Methane additive for cows closer to EU approval

Europe
Published:  23 November, 2021

Royal DSM has received a positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) response for the use of Bovaer, its methane-reducing feed additive for ruminants, in the European Union. 

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ILAF returns to Kolkata next March

India
Published:  23 November, 2021

The India Leather and Accessories Fair (ILAF) will return in Kolkata from March 9-11, 2022, the organisers have announced.

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Mulberry unveils “Lowest Carbon Collection”

United Kingdom
Published:  23 November, 2021

The British luxury leather goods brand is launching a collection of bags made from what it calls the “world’s lowest carbon leather” in partnership with leather maker Muirhead.

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Textile Exchange announces first fashion partners for Leather Impact Accelerator

Worldwide
Published:  22 November, 2021

Ralph Lauren and H&M have become the first fashion brands to invest in Textile Exchange’s (TE) Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) Partnership Incentives.

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Master saddler cuts ribbon to reopen Leather Skills Centre

United Kingdom
Published:  22 November, 2021

Suzie Fletcher, known for her work on BBC TV series ‘The Repair Shop’, has cut the ribbon to reopen Walsall’s Leather Skills Centre in central England.

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Organisations unite for largest leather supply chain mapping project

Worldwide
Published:  22 November, 2021

A collaboration between the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Leather Working Group (LWG) and the Gibbs Land Use and Environment Lab (GLUE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), will tackle deforestation and its links to leather supply chains.

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Hyundai Transys to produce recycled leather seats

South Korea
Published:  19 November, 2021

The parts manufacturing unit of South Korean Hyundai automotive group has announced a partnership with E&R to product recycled leather materials for interiors.

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APLF launches online learning platform

Worldwide
Published:  19 November, 2021

APLF, organiser of the Asia-based exhibitions APLF and ACLE, has launched a new training platform for designers, merchandisers and fashion enthusiasts to learn more about leather.

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Leather organisations respond to proposed EU deforestation law

Worldwide
Published:  19 November, 2021

Following a law proposed by the European Commission prevent the import of goods to European Union (EU) countries linked to deforestation, the industry has responded with criticism on the Commission’s understanding of the leather supply chain. However, NGO Solidaridad says the leather industry has to play its part in tackling this issue.

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India targets US$10 billion leather exports by 2025

India
Published:  18 November, 2021

Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles, Piyush Goyal has said that the leather industry in India can grow to at least US$10 billion in exports by 2025.

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EU proposed law to ban imports linked to deforestation includes leather

Worldwide
Published:  18 November, 2021

The European Commission has proposed a law which would prevent the import of goods to European Union (EU) countries linked to deforestation, by requiring companies to prove their global supply chains are not contributing to the problem.

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AQC releases preliminary storage study results around Cr(VI)

Worldwide
Published:  18 November, 2021

The Association for Quality Assurance of Leather Bracelets Manufacturers (AQC), the Swiss-based international association of leather bracelets manufacturers for the watch industry, has released preliminary results for its five-year stability study for leather and leather bracelets.

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Leather training expert calls for an end to hide waste

Senegal
Published:  17 November, 2021

A tanning industry trainer in Senegal has called for an end to the under exploitation of domestic animal skins for leather production, available in large quantities in the country especially after religious ceremonies throughout the year.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars commits to leather

Worldwide
Published:  17 November, 2021

Speaking to car magazine AutoCar, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös has said the manufacturer has no plans to ditch leather.

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ILSA proposes waste recycling at Savar Leather Complex

Bangladesh
Published:  16 November, 2021

The Italian bio-stimulant producer has reportedly submitted a proposal to manage solid waste at the Savar Tannery Industrial Estate, with the intent of recycling it into biogas and fertilisers.

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New President for Santa Croce tanners’ association

Italy
Published:  15 November, 2021

The Tanneries Association of Santa Croce sull’Arno in Tuscany, Italy, has announced the appointment of Ezio Castellani as its new President.

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Stahl to set Scope 3 emissions targets by mid-2022

The Netherlands
Published:  15 November, 2021

The global leather chemicals manufacturer has announced that it will extend its greenhouse gases reduction targets to cover Scope 3 emissions by the end of Q2 2022.

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CNC “launches” RIUC to promote leather

France
Published:  15 November, 2021

In an effort to transcend the current negative perception of leather, the Conseil National du Cuir (CNC) has launched RIUC, a material of the future.

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LVMH partners with SMX on traceability

Worldwide
Published:  15 November, 2021

Security Matters (SMX), an Australian brand protection and authentication service provider, has announced its collaboration with Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey (LVMH) Métiers d’Art on a series of R&D projects aimed at improving traceability for raw materials in the luxury fashion industry.

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Burberry to ensure 100% leather traceability by 2025

Worldwide
Published:  11 November, 2021

The luxury British fashion house has announced its biodiversity strategy, including ensuring that its key materials, such as leather, cotton and wool, are 100% traceable by 2025.

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Volga retains LWG Gold rating

Russia
Published:  10 November, 2021

The Russian tanner has once again received a Gold rating following an audit by the Leather Working Group (LWG).

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Assomac assembly celebrates industry restart

Italy
Published:  09 November, 2021

The annual assembly of Assomac, the Italian association of leather, footwear and leather goods machinery manufacturers, took place in Milan on November 5, 2021.

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Exports of hides and leather recover in October

Brazil
Published:  09 November, 2021

Hides and skins export data released by SECEX (Foreign Trade Secretariat) of the Ministry of Economy and reported by CICB/Brazilian Leather for the month of October 2021 show a recovery from September’s drop, with a growth of 19.8% in value and 18.3% in area.

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JBS to use feed additive to cut cattle methane emissions

Brazil
Published:  08 November, 2021

Brazilian meatpacking and leather processing giant JBS SA says it will use Bovaer, a feed additive to reduce methane emissions in its global supply chains. JBS will partner with Royal DSM, a health and nutrition company, as part of a broader initiative to become carbon neutral by 2040.

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Plans being considered for IILF 2022

India
Published:  08 November, 2021

According to local sources the ITPO is considering going ahead with the 2022 edition of the IILF in Chennai.

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LWG collaboration with common treatment plants for data transparency

Worldwide
Published:  08 November, 2021

The Leather Working Group (LWG) has announced a plan to collaborate directly with CETPs and METPs to collect effluent data centrally. 

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36th IULTCS hybrid Congress concludes in Addis Ababa

Ethiopia
Published:  08 November, 2021

The closing ceremony of the IULTCS XXXVI Conference in Addis Ababa took place on November 5. During the ceremony thanks were given to all the contributors to the excellent conference, especially to the many people involved in organising such an event, made even more difficult due to the global pandemic.

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Sluggish auto sector hits global hide values

Worldwide
Published:  05 November, 2021

A slowdown in the automotive segment is one element that is having an impact on global hide prices despite many major hide producing markets in the world experiencing reduced slaughter numbers.

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LWG traceability roadmap to tackle deforestation in leather supply chains

Worldwide
Published:  05 November, 2021

The Leather Working Group (LWG) has stated that it is committed to accelerating the traceability requirements of the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit in a drive to achieve their goal for LWG leather to be 100% deforestation and conversion free (DCF). 

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Puma announces testing for biodegradable sneakers

Worldwide
Published:  04 November, 2021

Puma has announced RE:SUEDE, an experimental version of one of its most popular shoes with more sustainable materials.

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Nike commits to expansion in Vietnam

Vietnam
Published:  04 November, 2021

Despite rumours to the contrary, Nike has committed to invest and expand production in Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association (Lefaso).

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APLF looking to bring buyers to Dubai

Hong Kong/Dubai
Published:  04 November, 2021

APLF Ltd, organiser of the rescheduled APLF show due to take place in Dubai March 30 – April 1, 2022, is focusing on encouraging visitors to attend the fair after receiving a positive response from the global leather industry.

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XXXVI IULTCS Congress underway

Ethiopia
Published:  04 November, 2021

The XXXVI biennial Congress of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Society (IULTCS), hosted by Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, kicked off on November 3 at the Skylight Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

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U.S. West Coast ports impose fees on static cargo

United States
Published:  03 November, 2021

The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have announced a surcharge for import containers that remain for nine days or more.

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Hide contracts negotiated now for Chinese New Year delivery

Worldwide
Published:  02 November, 2021

According to the latest insights from theSauerReport, continuing shipping issues are having dramatic effects on contract negotiations, with orders being planned now for delivery from the U.S. to China prior to Chinese New Year in February 2022.

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