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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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Natural solution
02 July, 2021
In this edited extract, Eser Eke Bayramoglu, Anıl Özçelik, Mehmet Çetin...
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View from the US 02 July, 2021 After dramatic price increases in March, the US hide market moderated and was relatively stable through the remainder of the spring, aside from some typical ups and downs. By the start...

View from the US 19 May, 2021 As the vaccine rollout has continued across the US, so has economic optimism and a promising outlook for demand. While prices had been rather stagnant in January and February, the...

Simac to the future 19 May, 2021 With the pandemic showing signs of abating by the end of the year as vaccination programmes continue apace, it is time to start taking a cautious look forward to one of the...

The release kinetics of chromium 19 May, 2021 The use of chromium salts is an extremely popular and widespread method of tanning as it produces leather that is stable at high temperatures and more resistant to grain cracking...

Global giant 19 May, 2021 Brazil is the land of carnival, football and – some may be surprised to discover – a well-structured leather industry. The country hosts 244 tanning factories, 2,800 leather and...

Don’t dump it 29 April, 2021 As Covid-19 cases rise around the world, although the leather business has shown some timid signs of recovery, it seems that the worst is not over yet. At the same time, consumers...

View from the US 29 April, 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the US and, although the economy has seen an improvement since the spring, domestic consumer demand is still muted. Export markets in Asia...

The state of play 29 April, 2021 Between the pandemic and a tumultuous election, it has certainly been a memorable year for the US, which has had a knock-on effect on the leather market. Matthew Rogerson talks to...

Going full circle 29 April, 2021 A novel class of bio-based polymers has been developed by Life Biopol, an EUfunded project that aims to replace traditional retanning and fat-liquoring products in order to increase...

Helping hands 29 April, 2021 For decades, tanneries were blamed for polluting the environment and disregarding the health and safety of employees. The conditions in some workplaces were considered...

Cut through the waste 22 October, 2020 In the past few years, the leather industry has increasingly recognised the importance of the cutting stage of manufacturing, and the inherent issues facing it. Sabrina Auler talks...

Roll the dice 22 October, 2020 Depending on when you pin the origin, we are now more than nine months into the biggest health and economic disaster the world has known in a century. Sam Setter uses this Limeblast...

When it all comes together 22 October, 2020 M Fakhrul Alam, author of The Science of Leather Manufacture, examines the state of play for the Bangladeshi leather industry and how Qurbani aligns with LWG practices.

On the level 21 October, 2020 In this edited extract, AD Ballantyne and SJ Davis of the Institute of Creative Leather Technology (ICLT), University of Northampton, look at modelling the charge across pH...

Getting back to work 03 September, 2020 Tanneries are set to keep investments on sustainability regardless of Covid-19. Sabrina Auler reports on why the industry believes clear manufacturing and fair trading are still...

Industry, resilience and sustainability 03 September, 2020 In a sector that stands to benefit greatly from the increasing use of digital technology and the implementation of industry 4.0 tools, there is a great opportunity to...

Hide nor hair 01 September, 2020 Leather International presents edited extracts from ‘A novel preservation-cum-unhairing process for sustainable leather manufacturing: an unconventional approach in leather making’ by...

Complaints department 01 September, 2020 As we reach a mid-point in the Covid-19 pandemic, with lockdowns being lifted across the world, it is still a long way to go before operations resume even a shade of normality. Sam...

Some distance to go 13 July, 2020 There is no new normal yet, but tough choices are being made across the entire sector as governments and industry discuss the next phase of the pandemic. Sam Setter’s Limeblast looks...


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