U.S. Leather Industry Applauds Adoption of ‘Leather’ Definition by Textile Exchange

Globally, fashion and footwear consumers have become increasingly conscious of sustainability. This is starting to influence their behaviours and choices for fashion. Governments, especially in regions where global leading brands are headquartered, have formulated very ambitious goals for GHG emission reduction and are now changing norms and standards to force leading brands take positive action. Suppliers of raw materials, consumables, and OEMs will be key players in the upcoming transformation as their operations contribute to a large part of the industry’s emissions. Engaging in a sustainability programme in fashion requires an in-depth review of the end-to-end product value chain, from raw materials production to the use and recycling of the product by the end-customer. Multiple levers are available to fashion brands, which include reviewing their energy strategy (for a better efficiency and more renewable sources); working with suppliers to select low-impact raw materials and energy sources, through guidance, incentives and often co-investment and reviewing their logistics network and inventory policies with vendors to minimise the carbon footprint. However, these new sustainability policies can generate a major risk of product cost increase and may become prohibitive given the current inflation of energy and raw materials costs.

2022 November, 26th update

U.S. Leather Industry Applauds Adoption of ‘Leather’ Definition by Textile Exchange. The Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA), the trade body representing the U.S. hide, skin, and leather industry, applauds fashion industry standards and certification organization Textile Exchange for its recent adoption of an official definition of “leather” as a material created from the hide or skin of an animal. LHCA encourages other organizations and companies in the fashion and footwear sectors to follow suit in order to encourage increased transparency in materials labeling. [LHCA × Textile Exchange: Definition of “Leather” – 360mag]. (Read more)

2022 November, 18th update

Tamil Nadu Leader in the production of non-leather footwear. There are fewer than 50 non-leather shoe factories in Tamil Nadubut they are expected to increase a lot with exports in six to seven years. V. Noushad, president of the Confederation of Indian Footwear Industries, told The Hindu that the T.N.  It held only about 3% share in the global footwear export market, of which only 1% was non-leather footwear. Expectations are for a growth of 200%. [Footwear sector in T.N. poised for 200% growth – The Hindu]. (Read more)

2022 November, 3rd update

Global supply of energy and raw materials at risk due to drought. From California to Germany and China, climate change-fueled heatwaves and droughts have shrunk the rivers that power giant hydroelectric power plants, notes Bloomberg @markets. Heatwaves and drought left China’s Three Gorges Dam — the world’s largest power plant — running at a fraction of capacity this summer. It can produce enough electricity to power the Philippines, according to Bloomberg, but in August its turbines were almost silent. (Read more)

Bangladesh: the potential of non-leather footwear. As China moves away from synthetic products and moves closer to high-tech industries, Bangladesh’s footwear industry could fill much of the vacancy left in the leather substitute market, which was worth $84.1 billion in 2020, says the Financial Express. This market is expected to increase exponentially to $174.7 billion by the end of 2031. [Export potential of synthetic leather footwear thefinancialexpress]. (Read more)

2022 October, 28th update

Nanotechnology into the footwear. A new technology that incorporates flexible fiber sensors into shoes has been developed by the National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM) at Bilkent University and is able to identify a number of health issues, including Parkinson’s disease and gait disorders. [Turkish scientists develop ‘fiber sensor’ shoes for early diagnosis – dailysabah]. (Read more)

2022 October, 21st update

The Danish government fell because of the minks killing, but this disrupted the fur business and pushed many luxury brands towards synthetic materials. Mette Frederiksen, the Social Democratic prime minister, called the most Eurosceptic in the country’s history, has announced early elections to avoid a vote of no confidence by her left-wing allies. The reason for the vote: the killing of 15 million minks for health reasons at the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic. Recently, a commission ruled that the decision was unconstitutional.  [Mette Frederiksen: Jeg har begået fejl – men ikke om mink – LandbrugsAvisen]. (Read more)

2022 September, 13th update

Mexico, Footwear: they call on producers not to speculate on the price of leather. In the footwear industry, producers experience a recovery in production, the president of the CICEG calls on leather producers not to speculate on prices. [Industria del Calzado: Llaman a productores a no especular con el precio del cuero – am]. (Read more)

2022 September, 5th update

Raw materials: the prices of leather tanning are also increasing. A new Market Intelligence report  has been published by @WTPworldleather. This report points out that the leather industry, as with most manufacturing sectors, faces sharp cost increases, mainly due to rising energy costs. [Market Intelligence: leather on the horns of a dilemma – leatherbiz.com]. (Read more)

2022 August, 25th update

The market of bio-based leather substitutes will grow more than both genuine leather and its synthetic substitutes. A study @Tmrresearch1 states that the market for bio/vegan-based leather substitutes has grown rapidly due to many factors. One of the main growth drivers includes an increasing trend for sustainable and cruelty free leather. In addition, a constant increase in the number of research and development activities for product development and innovation also stimulates growth prospects in the global market in the near future.  [Download List Of Figures & Tables]. (Read more)

2022 August, 16th update

Bureau Veritas expands its certification capability of organic-vegan niche apparel and footwear. With the news of the acquisition of AMSfashion by Bureau Veritas@juststyle addresses the issue of certification system strategies in global clothing and footwear supply chains, which seeks to expand especially in the “vegan” niche.  [Bureau Veritas acquires AMSfashion to boost Europe presence – Just Style]. (Read more)

2022 August, 2nd update

Brazil: Inspiramais, the most important fashion innovation fair in Latin America. The event is at the heart of the creation and socialization of fashion trends in the region: innovation, design and sustainability, from leather goods and footwear supplies to fibers and textile supplies for Italy, Colombia, Portugal, Spain, United States, Peru, etc … in the reportage of @Fashion network [Inspiramais regresa al formato presencial y consolida a Brasil como el principal proveedor de la región – F]. (Read more)

2022 July, 27th update

Chinese car manufacturer Chery invests in Argentina: lithium batteries, electric cars, and leather interiors. Chery is a Chinese car manufacturer that has been operating in Argentina for over 10 years. Chery will start a tannery in La Rioja to produce the leather needed for his cars and a plant for the production of electric cars. But the Chery project is mainly part of the goal of industrialization of lithium: Argentina, Bolivia and Chile form the “Lithium Triangle”, with 67% of the reserves and 50% of the global supply.[Chery confirmó que planea instalar una fábrica de autos eléctricos en la Argentina – TN Autos]. (Read more)

2022 July, 15th update

Russia attempts to create a “too big to sanction” metals giant. The integration project between NorNickel and Rusal, in the hands of Vladimir Potanin, aims to create a “world leader in the metals necessary for the energy transition“. With aluminum, nickel, palladium, platinum etc … it would be too much the world’s dependence on Moscow on these materials to impose sanctions, according to @HuffPost. The narration of @IntelliNews. [Russian metal giants Rusal and Norilsk Nickel could merge under sanctions – bne IntelliNews]. (Read more)

2022 July, 7th update

In Kenya, policymakers are urged to support the textile and leather industry. There are numerous economic challenges that Kenya’s newly elected leaders will have to face decisively from 10 August 2022, four of which are listed by The Standard: strengthening local production, renewing the textile industry, addressing the persistent challenge of leather and implementing microfinance. (Read more)

2022 June, 8th update

A pair of sneakers in Argentina costs 50% more than in Brazil and Mexico, despite the protectionist regime. Data released by the Córdoba Stock Exchange show that protectionism on the textile-leather sector through import licenses reaches an average of 56% for the entire value chain and reaches 94% in clothing. However, despite state protectionism, Argentines continue to pay more for clothes and shoes than their peers in the region. [En Argentina se paga hasta 86% más por electros y 59% por vestimenta que en Brasil y México – Los Andes]. (Read more)

2022 May, 30th update

Automotive Interior Materials Market: Global Forecasts through 2026. The report is “Automotive Interior Materials Market… Global Forecast to 2026” by ResearchAndMarkets.com. The automotive interior materials market will reach $54.8 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 2.6% compared to $48.1 billion in 2021. Improper disposal of effluents from the tanning industry is hampering the growth of the market in the genuine leather segment. (Read more)

2022 May, 18th update

New Kering achievements with non-leather obtained from the cultivation of animal cells instead of slaughter. Luxury giant Kering has joined forces with Vitrolabs in California on a project that is proving to be really promising. “Non-Leather” produced not from slaughtered cattle could be in production within the next year. [Kering backs cow-free, lab-grown leather. Game changer? – Vogue Business]. (Read more)

2022 May, 9th update

Leather Goods Market to Surpass USD 623.44 Billion by 2028 Witnessing Incremental CAGR of 5.90%. The Market Research Future’s (MRFR) report, “Leather Goods Market Information by Product Type, Distribution Channel and Region – Forecasts through 2028,” estimates a size of more than $623.44 billion by 2028 with a CAGR increase of more than 5.90%. However, the real leather market will become more and more contaminated, incorporating substitutes based on fabric, biological and synthetic materials. (Read more)

2022 May, 4th update

Leather chemicals industry to garner $11.0 billion by 2027. According to “the global leather chemicals industry” report, leather chemicals was worth $7.5 billion in 2019 and is estimated to reach $11.0 billion by 2027, recording a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 6.4% from 2020 to 2027. This is reported by the Digital Journal. (Read more)

2022 April, 27th update

Germany risks losing its leadership in industrial production in the ongoing crisis. This is especially true for hydrocarbons. According to the main German economic institutes (RWI, DWI, Ifo, IfW, IHW) without Russian gas and oil supplies the German economy would incur a “deep recession”. (Read more)