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Veg-tan leather and the vegans: COTANCE clarifies confusion

6 March 2020

The leather industry’s representative body in the European Union, COTANCE, has issued a statement to clarify what vegetable tanned leather is.It said it felt the need to share the information because of confusion that has arisen between vegetable tanned leather and synthetic alternative products misusing the term ‘leather’ and juxtaposing it with ‘vegan’.Vegetable tanned leather is leather produced with tanning agents from the bark, fruit or leaves of certain trees and plants, COTANCE explained. 

Global leather-sector exports worth €212 billion

24 February 2020

France’s national leather industry body, the Conseil National du Cuir, has published a far-reaching statistical analysis of the global leather industry in 2018. It explained that the time it took to obtain data from all the countries it wanted to include meant it was only now able to publish figures for 2018. It said China had one-third of global leather exports that year, Italy 11.9%, Vietnam 11.5% and France 5%.

Chemical company Stahl achieves highest certification for ZDHC Gateway compliance

21 February 2020
Source: Leather International

Specialty chemical company Stahl has achieved the highest level of ZDHC Gateway compliance for its wet-end and leather finishing portfolios. The aim of the ZDHC certification process is to help companies that work with the footwear, apparel and accessories industries exhibit their commitment to responsible chemical management, working towards the ultimate goal of the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. 

Agfa and TFL join forces in innovative inkjet printing project for genuine leather

19 February 2020
Source: Leather International

TFL and Agfa have entered into a strategic partnership, focusing on the development of Alussa, a dedicated inkjet printing solution to decorate high-quality genuine leathers used by the fashion, upholstery, automotive, aviation and nautical industries. Alussa is the sum of a number of perfectly matched components. Agfa develops the inkjet printer and dedicated inkjet inks, while TFL provides custom-developed coating chemistry. 

Sustainability - Benefits How a Sustainable Supply Chain Can Be Good for Both Planet and Profit

7 November 2019

Footwear News’ Madeleine Streets writes that as concerns about corporate sustainability performance spread across the footwear industry, so too do fears about the associated costs of going green

Raw Materials - Adding to plastic pollution now over 50 million hides are sent to landfill

07 November 2019

In information published by David Peters of DLP Advisors figures on the sending of low grade hides to the landfill are mentioned. These are hides whose cost of processing is higher than their final sales value when partly tanned.

Events - Chemical Management in Leather seminar

07 November 2019

Eurofins | BLC and Eurofins | AQM are offering a free technical seminar on ‘Addressing the Challenges of Chemical Management in the Leather and Textile Industry’, to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on November 22, reports ILM.

UTIC Congress 2021 - Next 21stUITIC Footwear Congress will take place in China in 2021

06 November 2019

China Leather Industry Association (CLIA), has been selected by the UITIC Executive Committee to be in charge of organizing the 21st Congress in China in 2021, on behalf of the UITIC (International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians).

Italian Tanners might Suffer a Loss of €500 Million due to Corona Virus

9 March 2020

According to, Italy’s national leather industry association, UNIC, has estimated that the effects of the coronavirus outbreak could lead to a reduction in the combined turnover of Italian tanners of around 10% this year.
In commenting in the first week in March on the effect on business of the coronavirus, UNIC emphasised that the situation was evolving constantly and said it was impossible to put an exact figure on what the outbreak might cost in the long run.

International Trade - Key flaw in the US-China phase-one agreement

6 March 2020

The much-trumpeted phase-one agreement aimed at ending the trade tensions between the US and China is proving to be of little help so far to US exporters, reports Leatherbiz. In a detailed new report, non-profit research organisation The Peterson Institute for International Economics has said that, even without the effects of the coronavirus on the Chinese economy, it would have been difficult for China to meet a commitment on increased purchasing of US products.

Sea Freight - China Cargo Flows Rapidly Return To Pre-Coronavirus Levels

6 March 2020

Finally, some good news about the coronavirus and global supply chains: Cargo volumes and ship calls have swiftly rebounded at Chinese ports, confirming that the cogs of global trade are grinding back into motion. The caveat is that this was to be expected as Chinese port workers and truckers returned after an extended Chinese New Year (CNY) holiday. Inbound and outbound cargo delayed during the post-CNY period was already en route or contracted for transport.

How the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the fashion industry

Véronique Saunier | 27 February 2020

Could the COVID-19 outbreak be a detonator for the mass relocation of industries? This could be one of the consequences of the production breakdown caused by the epidemic, according to The Economist’s business analysts.Since its initial identification in China in December 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has taken thousands of lives, affecting more than 20 countries and making a significant impact on trade, travel and the global economy. During a webinar held by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), China Analyst, Dan Wang; Tom Rafferty, Principal Economist for China and Imogen Page-Jarrett, Research Analyst looked in detail at the recent coronavirus outbreak and the impact it is likely to have on the Chinese and worldwide economy and businesses.

Livestock is not bad for the planet

Mike Redwood | 07 November 2019

It is in such areas that we have seen a near tsunami of articles blaming cattle for climate change. These began in 2006 when the FAO published Livestock’s Long Shadow which looked at the environmental impact of livestock. To maximise the publicity for it the press release chose headlines that argued that livestock’s impact was greater than transport.

With a commercial network spreading over 60 countries around the world and a total turnover of over 140 million euros, the Italian company Silvateam is the world leader in the production, extraction and commercialization of vegetable extracts, tannins and their derivatives.  Today, it is benefitting greatly from the renewed interest in vegetable leather tanning, which had fallen in obsolescence but is now back into favour as it is deemed less harmful and less polluting than chrome tanning. This is a trend cheerfully endorsed by Antonio Battaglia, the company’s Leather Division Director and descendant of the founder.

One of the highlights of the 22nd edition of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai was the large shared joint booth of the Chinese Henan Prosper and the Spanish company Colomer. The two had been collaborating since 1994, until in 2009 Henan Prosper acquired the finished leather operations of the 100-year old Spanish enterprise and moved their production facilities to China. Today only the trading operations remain in Spain while research and development as well as production all take place in China.

The All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) took place in early September amid the announcement of China’s latest round of retaliatory tariffs toward the US. These new tariffs may mostly affect China’s salted and wet blue hide imports. The continuous escalation of China-US economic and trade frictions have greatly harmed the worldwide economy including the leather industries of China, the US as well as of other countries. However, as always the industry is resilient and optimistic, as expressed by ACLE’s exhibitors who have demonstrated remarkable ingenuity in shouldering the crisis.

China’s leading international event for the leather industry wrapped up another successful edition, its 22nd, on 5 September 2019. 1,056 exhibitors from 34 countries and regions were joined by more than 23,300 visitors in Shanghai from 3 - 5 September. Over 20,000 buyers were from the major manufacturing provinces in China. The fair covered 92,000 sqm and 8 halls of the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center (SNIEC).