Wave of the future
Jinwei Zhang and Wuyong Chen, leather technicians from Sichuan University, and Carmen Gaidau from Bucharest’s National Research & Development Institute for Textiles and Leather (INCDTP), discuss chrome tanning and leather properties under microwave irradiation.
On the horizon
Leather chemicals manufacturer Stahl is set to launch a new beamhouse and tanning portfolio. Known as Stahl BeTan, it further underlines the group’s ‘responsible chemistry’ ethos at the dawn of a new era of sustainability, as beamhouse global technical manager David Sabaté explains to Ross Davies.
View from the EU
The performance of the European calf market, particularly in Italy and France, constitutes a welcome piece of good news for the beleaguered international tanning industry. Andrea Guolo crunches the numbers, and analyses key investment and acquisition trends.
Inspiration, sustainability, emotional intelligence, future innovations – just some of the themes of the 97th edition of the ever-popular Lineapelle trade fair, which attracted more than 19,000 unique visitors representing 10,500 companies to Fieramilano Rho in Milan on 2–4 October.
View from the US
The US hide market was steady throughout the autumn months. As of mid-November, packers were still holding on to their well-sold positions on the popular steer selections. While prices were steady, there was no room to move them upward as customers remained resistant to any increases. Despite no real upside to the market, no downturn was anticipated either.