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Hidenet publisher Don Ohsman reports that Brazilian TR1 is still around USD1 with talk that it may have traded down to 97 US cents. Cow slaughter is down and JBS has suspended some cow purchases. With both Batista brothers now in jail Don surmises that this could have an impact on JBS as a whole but the overall situation needs to be carefully observed.
Exports of Italian leather goods increased 15% over the first five months of 2017, according to Aimpes, the Italian Association of Leather goods Manufacturers.
There appears to be no let-up in the increase in volume and value of exports of wet-salted hides from the US this year.
The Argentinean Association of Leather Technologists and Chemists (AAQTIC) is organising a one-day conference titled ‘Laboratory analysis for the detection of restricted substances in the tanning industry’, taking place October 9, at its new headquarters in Buenos Aires.
Mounting concern is being expressed in Peru over the steady increase of coarser alpaca fibre (31 microns+) whilst the production of finer, and more commercial, qualities (20 to 26 microns) is diminishing by comparison. Further, the coarser qualities are noted for more kemp and general hairiness giving them an unattractive comfort factor for apparel.
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