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Country report. Sabrina Auler talks to some of the industry’s key stakeholders about the state of Brazil’s leather manufacturing landscape today.

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 than vegetable tanned leather. However, when disposed of, chromium-tanned leather can pollute surface water as the chemicals leak from the material. This edited article discusses the leaching behaviour of leather in water and the conditions that impact this phenomenon.

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 at one of the leather industry’s most significant trade shows, Simac Tanning Tech. The international event is due to take place in Milan in September and acts as a credible signpost for the latest developments in machinery technology.

Vera Dordick of Hidenet looks at the latest market report figures from across the Atlantic to assess the state of the hide sector.

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