The latest edition of our exclusive fortnightly market intelligence report, Leather Pipeline, describes the automotive industry as a “special case” when it comes to its relationship with the leather industry.
In its June 27 edition, it explains that leather consumption in this sector depends on the levels of vehicle production and sales, rather than it being affected by how leather is perceived as a material.
There has been talk of car companies reducing their use of leather, the report says, but there is no real sign of this coming to fruition. “It is generally accepted that leather will remain an important interior material for the foreseeable future,” it adds.
The news for leather is not so positive from other sectors, the report reveals. “Leather as a basic material in footwear, upholstery and leathergoods is losing its market share and continues to be pushed into the background,” it warns.