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Leather International Jan/Feb 2018


The leather industry is under pressure as increasing concern for animal welfare and the environment make the material less attractive to consumers. Agha Saiddain, president of the Environmental Society of Pakistan Tanners Association, considers how the industry might regain its lustre.

A government-supported clampdown on cattle slaughter and controversial new tax reforms are changing the way the Indian leather industry operates. Ross Davies reports.

Also in this issue: Andrea Guolo speaks to experts about why Italian manufacturers are thriving in China, and how the German furniture market is recovering. Plus, Creativity and sustainability were at the heart of Première Vision New York on 16–17 January. Leather International braved the freezing conditions to take the temperature of the global fashion industry.

Leather International Nov/Dec 2017


Biofabricated leather-like materials are currently the main disrupter of the leather industry because of how versatile they are in form, function and properties. Modern Meadow is leading the way as a partner to traditional tanning. Leather International speaks to chief technology officer Dave Williamson.

A new trade relationship between the US and China could mean big business for beef. Jenny Southan asks Su Chaoying, president of the China Leather Industry Association, and Stephen Sothmann, president of the US Hide, Skin and Leather Association, about the likely implications for leather.

Also in this issue: With footfall up by 2% on the February edition, the latest Lineapelle, held on 4–6 October, was heralded as a great success by organisers and attendees. Leather International reports from Milan. Plus, Stahl has topped up its product portfolio and expanded its workforce with the acquisition of BASF Leather Chemicals. CEO Huub van Beijeren tells Ross Davies why the deal is a natural fit for both companies.

Leather International October 2017


Leather has long been an integral part of the interior design of high-end cars, but Tesla and Jaguar Land Rover recently announced that they would be moving away from this traditional material. Jim Banks considers the reasons behind this shift in attitude, the response from customers, and the reaction of the leather industry to what could be a turning point in one of its most lucrative markets.

This year’s ACLE took place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre between 30 August and 1 September, one day after the World Leather Congress, which was held nearby. Leather International reports from China.

Also in this issue: Formaldehyde in leather products is a problem for tanners. While traditional techniques yield mixed results to reducing its presence, new research, explained to Ross Davies by Sara Cuadros of the Spanish National Research Council, suggests dyes might be the way forward.

Leather International September 2017


The thermal behaviour of bovine skin and wet-blue in varying humidity can be measured by differential scanning calorimetry. Michaela Schroepfer and Michael Meyer from the Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen (FILK) in Freiberg, Germany, discuss the process.

The 20th edition of the All China Leather Exhibition begins on 30 August, with the third World Leather Congress as the warm-up act. Leather International looks forward to the vent in Shanghai.

Also in this issue: Stephen Sothmann, president of the US Hide, Skin and Leather Association, asks how the global leather industry is faring under President Trump, and Dr Sengodagounder Rajamani, chairman of the Asian International Union of Environment Commission, explains how Asia’s use of special membrane systems has improved water recovery in tanneries.

Leather International August 2017


As the drive towards automation progresses, the potential rewards for upgrading production machinery have never been greater. Leather International speaks to industry experts about how they are spending their money in order to remain competitive.

The leather industry is rapidly evolving into a vital part of Ethiopia's economy. Wondu Legesse of the Leather Industry Development Institute and CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute’s Dr B Chandrasekaran describe how their organisations formed a unique partnership to help drive development in the Horn of Africa.

Also in this issue: A review of the two big New York leather shows: Première Vision and Lineapelle, which took place on 18–19 July at Pier 94 and the Metropolitan Pavillion in Manhattan respectively. Plus, Artéria was established in São Paulo in 2013 to create high-quality, unique and sustainable handbags. Leather International catches up with designer and co-founder Elene Veguin.

Leather International July 2017


The upholstered-furniture manufacturing industry is in an unprecedented state of transformation. Lectra and the Centre for Industrial Studies examine how the market is changing in China.

The programme for the sixth Freiberg Leather Days conference covered some of the most pressing issues facing leather production, and the technology and chemistry to help solve them. Ross Davies shares some of the highlights from the two-day event.

Also in this issue: Brands and manufacturers have been pushed to develop and adopt 'cleaner', safer and more sustainable chemicals and processes. Leather International looks at companies that have stepped up to the challenge this year. Plus, Smit & zoon CEO Hans van Haarst discusses the future of leather while marketing and sales manager Luis Baptista talks about the company's new zeolite-based product.

Leather International June 2017


Leather has always had to compete with synthetic substitutes, but a new process that enables the creation of bespoke-grown materials is unlike anything seen before. Leather International speaks to Modern Meadow's CTO, David Williamson, about how the market for these alternatives is on the rise.

Sustainability is shaping how businesses manage their operations and how customers perceive products. Stahl's Xavier Rofols discusses the company's move to cut hazardous chemicals from its supply chain.

Also in this issue: Leather International looks forward to getting a preview of the autumn/winter trends at Première Vision and Lineapelle in New York, and Dr Swarna V Kanth and B Kanimozhi of the CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute explain how training is helping ordinary people in India acquire the skills they need to thrive in the country's leather industry.

Leather International May 2017


Sabrina Frontini, director of Italy's Institute of Quality Certification for the leather sector (ICEC), explains how leather's only specialist certification body is working with the industry towards a more transparent, socially responsible and sustainable future.

The Confindustria Moda, which was announced in March, aims to bring Italy's textile, clothing and fashion trade associations under a single, unified body that will be able to represent their shared interests at home and abroad. Andrea Guolo reports on the advantages the new federation will bring.

Also in this issue: Leading suppliers, OEMs and automotive firms gathered at Lectra's headquarters outside Bordeaux, and Leather International was on hand to find out how the leather sector is evolving in the Industry 4.0 age. Plus, Leather International considers the state of the market in the resilient South American nation of Brazil.

Leather International April 2017


Leatherworld Middle East celebrates the latest developments in an increasingly buoyant region. Leather International looks ahead to this year's show, which takes place between 30 April and 2 May 2017 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE.

A radical new olive-leaf-based tanning technique offers all the benefits of conventional methods at a fraction of the cost to the environment. Dr Heinz-Peter Germann, head of the Lederinstitut Gerberschule Reutlingen in Germany, explains how the potentially revolutionary process could make leather a truly sustainable industry.

Also in this issue: APLF Leather & Materials+ is still the place to be seen for anyone involved in hides. Leather International was at Hong Kong’s Convention and Exhibition Centre in late March to discover how the industry is rising to the challenges ahead. Plus, we look at how Lanxess, in partnership with Invite research institute and Heller-Leder tannery, has developed new technology that enables leftover leather to be recycled.

Leather International March 2017


APLF Leather & Materials+ opens its doors at Hong Kong's Convention and Exhibition Centre on 29 March. The comprehensive three-day event, which expects to attract more than 1,100 exhibitors from across the globe, aims to be the complete event for the worldwide leather industry.

Rosario Morabito meets Sandrine Philippe, the Paris-based designer who’s been pushing the boundaries of leather processing for over 15 years. Here’s how a reputation for beautifully crafted couture pieces was made.

Also in this issue: To celebrate 150 years of Leather International's tireless pursuit of the very latest across the entire supply chain, we've dug out some historic pages, an old Limeblast, and invited some former leading lights to share some of their favourite memories. Plus, the Central Leather Research Institute's Malathy Jawahar discusses intelligent, real-time leather defect detection systems.

Leather International Jan/Feb 2017


The India International Leather Fair is a barometer for Indian leather. This year's event in February was an opportunity for the host nation to bolster exports while encouraging inward investment. Leather International considers how it reflected the current economic climate.

The biggest international names in leather flocked to Lineapelle's New York show on 1-2 February. The first edition of the biannual event focused on forthcoming trends in high-end fashion and retail as the industry looked towards summer 2018, and considered how advances may be made in sustainability throughout the supply chain.

Also in this issue: Rod James reports on the decision by animal rights organisation PETA to buy a single share in LVMH, Hidenet.com publisher Don Ohsman considers how the automotive leather sector can thrive in a petrol-free future, and Dietrich Tegtmeyer, head of the IULTCS Research Commission, explores some of the most promising alternatives to traditional tanning methods.

Leather International Nov/Dec 2016


Worldwide economic issues, combined with rising raw materials costs and political uncertainty, made for a challenging year for European leather. Andrea Guolo canvasses opinion from industry leaders, and looks ahead to 2017.

A number of new hoops have popped up for the US leather industry to jump through, in what has been an unpredictable year. Stephen Sothmann, president of the US Hide, Skin and Leather Association, explains the state of play, and how new challenges must be met head-on.

Also in this issue: Material+ is being styled as part of a 'revamp' for the APLF leather trade exhibition in Hong Kong, which will be launched in March 2017. Trendsetting project manager Anne Liberati tells Barry Mansfield about her expectations of the industry. Plus, Leather International speaks to Agha Saiddain, marketing director of Royal Leather Industries and former chairman of the Pakistan Tanners Association.

Leather International October 2016


Netherlands-based chemical specialist Stahl recently acquired the exclusive rights to distribute Proviera Biotech’s Probiotics for Leather, a biodegradable, natural alternative to the usual beamhouse chemicals. Leather Internationalconsiders the potential impact of this on the industry, and assesses the broader progress being made towards increased sustainability.

Leather Internationalheaded to the French capital for the Première Vision Paris show on September 13–15 to get the inside track on what has been an occasionally turbulent year for European leather. Visitor numbers may have been down overall, but it’s been a solid year for France’s export business.

Also in this issue: Karl Flowers, technical director of Authenticae and associate lecturer at the University of Northampton’s Institute of Leather Technology, explains how chelators offer an effective weapon against unwanted stains. Plus, Leather Internationalreports from September’s Lineapelle show in Milan.


Leather International September 2016


A red X likely marks the spot in the latter part of the August calendar for most of those within leather as the All China Leather Exhibition in Shanghai takes place from 31 August to 2 September 2016. As always, the fair will provide a vast array of leather components, goods and accessories, as well as technology, machinery, and business services for guests and exhibitors to gauge the current status of the industry.

Karl Flowers, technical director of Authenticae, has been hearing an increasing number of complaints from tanners about the staining they are seeing after basification of chromium-tanned leathers. In this article, he asks if processing practice is leading to this or is it a characteristic of the chemicals that are currently used?

Also in this issue: Andrea Guolo looks at the shift in the time frame between two of European leather's biggest fairs and what it means for those attending one, or both, of the exhibits, and Leather International presents an extract from the research paper 'Improving The Properties of Wet-White Tanned Leather Characteristics By Using Collagen-Based Biopolymer'.


Leather International August 2016


Leather International presents extracts from 'Detecting Looseness in cattle hides using NMR Relaxometry' by Geoff Holmes and Sujay Prabakar of the New Zealand Leather and Shoe Research Association (LASRA); and Thijs van Stiphout and Petrik Galvosas of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.

As Première Vision Paris (PVP) approaches on 13–15 September, Leather International sits down with show manager Marc Brunel to reflect on Première Vision New York and all that it brought, and what Paris will have to offer.

Also in this issue: Karl Flowers, technical director of Authenticae, looks at why tanners should focus more on newer colour spaces and why tanneries should use the latest colour difference equations. Plus, all eyes are on how Lineapelle will use this year's momentum during the upcoming fair on 20-22 September at Milan's Milano Fiera Rho exhibition centre.


Leather International July 2016


The votes have been counted and, by a narrow margin, the UK has voted to leave the EU. Although the dust is far from settled and is likely to linger in the coming months, the shockwaves are already being felt throughout mainland Europe. Andrea Guolo looks at how Italy in particular is going to face the referendum headwinds.

The environmental impact of the footwear industry has raised much attention in recent years and more sustainable production is urgently required. In this article, one such sustainability implementation tool for footwear factories created by SGS is introduced by Jane Jiang, Mike Song and Dr Andrew Hudson.


Also in this issue: Chief executive officer of Stahl Huub van Beijeren comments on the new leather chemicals the company is bringing to the supply chain, including Proviera Probiotics for Leather from Proviera Biotech; Dr Thomas Martin of GisChem discusses the structured digital exchange of safety data in the supply chain; and Anne Lama from the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies, The University of Northampton, investigates sustainability changes made within the leather industry in the past century.


Leather International June 2016


A few months after the final conference to discuss the future of European leather, a project initiated by the sector’s social partners, Cotance and IndustriAll European Trade Union, Leather International catches up with Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, Cotance secretary-general, to see how momentum is being maintained and what progress has been made so far.

Following on from the success of last year’s Freiberg Leather Days, this year’s event, held on 15–16 June in Freiberg and the fifth of its kind, once again offered a robust forum to exchange ideas and information on a number of topics between experts on the European tanning and leather industry.

Also in this issue: Olga Ballús, Ramón Palop, Llorenç Noguera and Ricardo Micó of the Tanning Laboratory, Cromogenia Units, look at the influence of an amphoteric retanning agent with regard to the properties of leather, and Hot on the heels of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals campaign, Dr Andrew Hudson, global technical manager at SGS, talks to Christian Doherty about his efforts to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the global leather supply chain.


Leather International May 2016


With car sales up across the board and expected to rise, especially those cars containing leather, demand in hides will invariably grow proportionately. Leather International asks Joachim Henkmann, director, global industry management, automotive leather, BASF, just what it is that makes automotive leather so appealing and where the most tangible developments are seen in the sector.

Former member of the Supreme Court of India Justice Kuldeep Singh once said that the crucial question is not whether developing countries can afford measures for the control of environmental pollution, but whether they can afford to neglect them. In a working paper on sustainability issues in leather and tannery industries in India, scholar Saurav Banerjee discusses the immediate action required by the country to strive for sustainability.

Also in this issue: As Milan's design week came to a close in April, Andrea Guolo reflected on what the acquisitions and activity mean for the sector going forward, and six industry experts investigate novel deep eutectic solvents for the purpose of the reduction of water usage in leather manufacturing.


Leather International April 2016


With his unique perspective on the global leather sector, Andrea Guolo talks to Alessandro Iliprandi, CEO tanning group Bonaudo, and Chiara Mastrotto, Gruppo Mastrotto's chairwoman, to get an insight into how the effects of the Eastern world's Chinese economic slowdown and Russian sanctions are redefining a new landscape in the Western leather industry.

Novo Hamburgo once again hosted the largest leather-footwear industry fair in Latin America and the second-largest in the world. As Fimec (International Fair of Leather, Chemical Products, Components and Accessories, Equipment and Machines for Footwear and Tanneries) celebrated its 40th edition, reaffirming its position as the fair that brings together the entire production chain in one place, Leather International reviews the event and the state of the Brazilian industry.

Also in this issue: Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), and Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) present figures for the Brazilian leather industry in 2015 and perspectives for 2016, and China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) examines the overall status of China’s leather, fur, finished products and footwear industries in 2015.


Leather International March 2016


There is an impending sense that the industry needs a digital revolution to drive the efficiency, quality and time-savings required to meet the demands of car manufacturers. Leather International speaks to Roy Shurling, head of global business development for automotive leather at Lectra, about taking the industry digital.

As the industry gathers itself to meet at one of the year’s busiest events, APLF Hong Kong 2016, Leather International sits down with director Michael Duck to discuss the year’s highlights and fluctuations, and what this latest edition has in store for the industry.

Also in this issue: W2O Environment's Wolfram Scholz details the challenges of reducing sludge handling efforts and disposal costs, and Andrea Guolo talks to Giancarlo Dani, president of Gruppo Dani, and the president of the Arzignanese tanners, Bernardo Finco, to report on the impact of wet-white in the automotive sector.


Leather International January/February 2016


In its 32nd edition and its first foray into leather, Première Vision New York attracted a targeted group of buyers and exhibitors to blend in with fabrics, designs and accessories over two freezing days in January on the banks of the Hudson in Midtown Manhattan. Leather International sits down with show manager Marc Brunel to find out more.

Throughout 2015 and culminating in February 2016, Cotance hosted a series of four seminars under the banner Objective 2025. As the final Brussels seminar concluded the European tour, Leather International sums up what each event meant and how they come together to signal the path of the future.

Also in this issue: Addressing his talk at the recent XXXIII IULTCS Congress in Brazil, Dr S Rajamani, chairman of the Asian International Union of Environment (AIUE) Commission, details the recovery of water for reuse from tannery wastewater. Plus, with the slow progress of work and missed deadline to relocate Hazaribagh tanneries to Savar, Pinaki Roy examines the efforts to complete the central effluent treatment plant and more.


Leather International November/December 2015


As the seasons slip from one to another, trends can wax and wane with different moods and inspirations taking the essence of design in inspired new directions. With its finger firmly on the pulse of new upcoming trends, TFL is looking to the future with the visions for spring-summer 2017, and its 'Wearing' and 'Living' sections showcasing the different areas of vibrant life and style.

After the successful championing of the first event, Pakistan Mega Leather Show will return in 2016 on 27-29 January at the Lahore International Expo Centre as it seeks to attracts more visitors from across the globe and boost the domestic leather trade by encouraging deals across its modest halls.

Also in this issue: Leather International looks at how BASF is organising workshops to highlight how its products can go above and beyond new automotive sector regulations to complement a variety of leather finishes, and after the successful championing of the first event, we preview the next Pakistan Mega Leather Show on 27-29 January 2016 at the Lahore International Expo Centre.


Leather International October 2015


Leather International checks in at Stahl's latest unveiling - a state-of-the-art centre of excellence in the Netherlands - and Yashian Schauble, CEO, Ozasia/Globalhides, discusses the ramifications of renegotiating or reneging on contracts within the Chinese leather industry and the lessons to be learned.

Leather International was at ACLE to find out what the experts expect in the future, Milan hosted the second World Leather Congress on 8 September 2015, and Premiere Vision Leather Paris once again filled the halls at Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte.

Also in this issue: Sam Setter looks beyond the reports to get to the heart of affairs in Sudan's leather industry; Ronaldo Fraga talks about working with what he considers some of the finest materials in a crazy, crazy world; and we report from the CITES 28th Animals Committee meeting.


Leather International September 2015


Ahead of the 2015 ACLE in Shanghai, Leather International speaks with China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) chairman Su Chao-ying about how the Chinese leather industry is performing, the market's appetite for luxury goods and how it's performing in comparison with previous years.

Under the banner, 'Walking Together to Tackle the Challenges in the Footwear and Leather Industry', experts in the field of leather and footwear production appeared at events in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and China in May 2015, for a seminar series for the footwear and leather industry tour of Asia. Leather International rounds-up of the event.

Also in this issue: ACLE organiser Michael Duck discusses the state of the Chinese leather industry in general and this year's event and Leather International looks at how the culture and heritage of leather is being celebrated in the heart of Northampton in the company of Rachel Garwood, director of the University of Northampton.




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