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Deforestation is one of the most high-profile challenges for the leather industry. The sustainability challenges of cattle farming are widely reported and customers are demanding to know what action companies are taking to address the risks in your supply chain.
Smit & Zoon is committed to making the leather supply chain sustainable, together. One of the focal points of this effort is zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in leather manufacturing. That is why receiving the highest level of ZDHC certification matters a lot to Smit Group CEO Hans van Haarst: “Certification is the result of our relentless drive and ongoing mission to make the leather value chain sustainable”, he explains.
France’s national leather industry body, the Conseil National du Cuir, has published a far-reaching statistical analysis of the global leather industry in 2018. It explained that the time it took to obtain data from all the countries it wanted to include meant it was only now able to publish figures for 2018, reports Leatherbiz.
Hidenet’s Vera Dordick reports on a tough situation in the US with limited action in the market, difficulties with shipping and uncertainty due to the coronavirus. With the Chinese out of the market prices declined for another week with benchmark Heavy Texas Steers trading at just US $23 at the lowers end for 66 -68lbs. The cow market was also weaker but with no trades reported it is not possible to place a figure on this.
Postponed to June 1-3, 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, the organisers of the Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) said they are reorganising the stand locations after considerable coordination with the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), reports ILM