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05 April, 2022
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View from the US 05 April, 2022 After a bottoming out in early November, the US hide market took advantage of its stability to start the year by pushing for higher levels. A number of selections were able to log...

View from the US 31 January, 2022 The US hide market finally found a bottom in early November 2021. The stabilisation comes after several months of struggling, thanks to Covid-19-related production problems in Vietnam...

Italian leather: pushing through the pandemic 31 January, 2022 Italy is one of the pre-eminent leather producers in the world but, like many other countries, it was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Jim Banks looks at what makes Italy...

Exotic leathers: Why fashion products are more sustainable than some research suggests 15 December, 2021 By Patrick Aust, research associate, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford; Daniel Natusch, honorary research fellow, Macquarie University; and Rick Shine, professor in...

Better tanning through chemistry 08 December, 2021 Sustainability is the hottest topic in the leather industry: brands and their customers are looking at how producers can turn out high-quality leather with greener processes....

Water, waste and a wish for the future 08 December, 2021 Leather production uses many resources that contribute to the industry’s environmental footprint and as scrutiny of its sustainable credentials becomes more intense, how it manages...

View from the US 08 December, 2021 After a late summer and early autumn plagued by Covid problems in Asia, Vietnam’s factory suspensions and an increasingly disrupted supply chain, the US market was struggling to find...

View from the US 29 September, 2021 With packers well sold and limited volumes available for the most popular steer selections, the US hide market was higher in price through mid-July. The bulk of the price increases...

View from the US 29 September, 2021 The end of August saw the tables completely turn in the US hide market. Since the dramatic increases back in March, prices have crept even higher. After a period of stability, the...

Natural solution 02 July, 2021 In this edited extract, Eser Eke Bayramoglu, Anıl Özçelik, Mehmet Çetin and Erkan Eren of the Department of Leather Engineering at Ege University in Turkey investigate the use of...

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...


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