The Leather Link, scheduled for June 6-7, 2003, in Moscow, has been postponed until later this year or perhaps until next year. The organisers said: ‘We have made this decision with considerable regret but we did not want our valued customers from east and west to travel to Moscow without the assurance that business partners sufficient in numbers and quality would be there to meet them.

‘The world economic situation, the turn-down in the leather industry, the SARS problem and the consequences of the Iraq war are making people disinclined to travel or to invest time and money. It seems unwise to hold the event before the general outlook has improved and our leather industry is sufficiently back on its feet again to positively look forward to the future. We are watching and monitoring that moment closely.

‘We will announce the new dates of The Leather Link as soon as possible.’