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Our editorial board comprises a specialist group of leading industry figures who, in conjunction with the leather international editorial team, identify the main drivers of the industry helping to produce regular, thought provoking opinion pieces on the latest issues, challenges and developments.

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Viva España
30 November, 2018
Andrea Guolo looks into Spain's position and influence in Europe's...
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Make shoes sustainable 30 November, 2018 The number of shoes made every year is staggering, so what becomes of the estimated 23 billion used pairs produced annually? Thierry Poncet, head of leather and sustainable...

Don Ohsman’s view from the US 30 November, 2018

The price of US hides has sputtered along at relatively close to steady levels since our last report. Benchmark heavy Texas steers sold throughout October at a range between $32.50...

Preferential treatment 30 November, 2018 Dirick von Behr and Sjoerd van Driesten of Smit & zoon undertake a study to examine the various methods to determine the optimised exhaustion of fatliquors to minimise ETP inflow.

Tool time: Cotance conference in Brussels 30 November, 2018 In October, EU leather industry body Cotance hosted its final tannery healthy workplaces conference in Brussels. The event served to highlight that, while safety is a key priority...

Vision of the future: New York's TOME 30 November, 2018 Première Vision New York, one of the highlights of the North American leather industry calendar, takes place on 15–16 January 2019 in Midtown Manhattan, showcasing...

A longway from chrome 12 October, 2018 Speaking in June at the 7th Freiberg Leather Days conference, Florian Döppert, the head of wet-end screening at TFL Ledertechnik, used his presentation to examine the industry’s...

Under the microscope 12 October, 2018 The following is an edited excerpt from a study entitled ‘Different pre-treatments of chrome-tanned leather waste and their use in the biogas production’ by Carolina Gomes, Michael...

Don Ohsman’s view from the US 12 October, 2018

As the US leather industry gathered in Shanghai a few weeks ago, there was some degree of optimism among producers and even traders. This was due to a little run up in prices in...

Future facing: Lineapelle at Fieramilano 12 October, 2018 The 95th edition of Lineapelle took place in late September, at Fieramilano, in Milan. The event showcased the winter 2019–20 collections from some of the industry’s biggest names,...

Trade in China: ACLE 12 October, 2018 Late August saw the 20th anniversary of the All China Leather Exhibition, held in Shanghai. While the trading floor was busy as usual, concerns remain over a slowdown of domestic...

Brazil: nuts about leather 12 October, 2018 Brazil’s CSCB Sustainability Forum is coming hot on the heels of a successful All China Leather Exhibition for the Brazilian industry. Leather International looks at the...

Eyes on Shanghai: leather exhibition 12 October, 2018 The All China Leather Exhibition took place in late August, and while a positive spin can always be found, the overall mood in the industry is one of caution, as prices continue to...

Taking the initiative 12 October, 2018 Tackling pollution in the Ganges and improving work conditions in Ethiopia are just two examples of Stahl’s commitment to advancing causes that will propel the leather industry into...

Testing the breaking point with collagen fibril alignment 20 August, 2018 Recent studies by the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, New Zealand, the Australian Synchrotron and the Leather and Shoe Research Association in...

Leather market: taking stock 20 August, 2018 Challenging conditions have prevailed for another year in the industry. Hidenet’s Don Ohsman and Vera Dordick reflect upon the market’s state, consider the lessons learned and look...

Hot right now: Première Vision New York 20 August, 2018 Leather International reports from midsummer in the Big Apple, where the sweltering temperatures contrasted with the opaque wintry hues, metallics and pebbly textures on show at...

Stake in the future: Equitan's tanning machines 20 August, 2018 In a fitting way to mark its 20th anniversary, earlier this year Italian tanning machinery company Equitan picked up APLF’s New Innovation for Staking Machines Award. General manager...

Modern Meadow's first bioleather – Zoa 20 August, 2018 In the future, biofabricated materials could be an essential raw material for tanneries and leather goods manufacturers. Jim Banks speaks to Andras Forgacs, CEO of Modern Meadow,...

A bundle of funds: private equity investment in tanneries 17 August, 2018 Scores of private equity funds have been steadily investing in traditional and specialised tanneries in recent years. Andrea Guolo gauges the response of leading tanners to...


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