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The New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association, and Invermay Agricultural Centre measured the heritability of leather traits in sheep and deer skins, producing a riveting case study. Leather International presents the group's findings.

President Trump recently announced his intension to impose further tariffs on Chinese imports. This news has only added more fuel to the fire, as President Xi Jinping will, of course, respond in kind. Stephen Sothmann, president of the US Hide, Skin and Leather Association, assesses the state of the trade dispute and how it will impact the leather industry.

Also in this issue, ACLE will take centre stage at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre on 29–31 August. As China's only leather fair, the event is the place to be. Highlights will include the Innovation Lab and the first Technological Innovation Trend Forum. Plus: 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 the phenomenon, with a mind to ascertain where the economic boost could take the industry.

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