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Richard Smith has worked in the leather and footwear sector since 1995 as Commercial Manager of Leather International magazine and is currently responsible for the marketing of the international leather fairs of APLF in Latin America. In addition, he is a contributor and investigator on the leather, footwear and related industries concentrating on both Asia and Latin America, with the objective of portraying this industrial sector in the wider context of macroeconomic forces, so as to indicate “where the industry as a whole is headed”.
More than ever, brands, agents and manufacturers are facing pressure from consumers, governments and NGOs. Sustainable manufacturing has become a prerequisite for business success and growth of revenues. But how can you make sure you’re sourcing from ethical and sustainable suppliers?
Consumers' growing demand for 'fast fashion' is a real game-changer. Pressure is on at the factory level, as factories now have to not only deliver comfortable and stylish products at attractive prices, but also do this at unprecedented speed.
TESTEX is a globally operating and independent Swiss testing and certification company. As a member of the OEKO-TEX® Association, it focuses on testing textiles and leather for harmful substances and implementing greater sustainability and product responsibility along the global textile value chain.
Multiple reports of China’s lowest GDP growth in almost 30 years have recently pervaded the general and economic media. Dramatic headlines that imply that China is in some sort of economic down-spiral.are all over Google.
The campaign to discredit leather as a viable material is being run globally by well-funded NGO’s with specific agendas.
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