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Now in its fourth cycle, in-depth reports from nominees from the five regions – Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia excluding China, and China – from all programmes can be downloaded here, as well as reports of the awards ceremonies and details of the winners. World Leather is grateful for the backing of sponsors BASF, Buckman and Lanxess, and the support of the International Council of Tanners, the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies and the United Nations Development Organisation, as well as from the APLF exhibition. The background to the awards can be read on the Wikipedia page.


Tannery of the Year was launched in 2009 to celebrate leather, to help promote the material’s use throughout the world and to share positive stories from tanners in every continent. We have in-depth reports on all the tanneries that have taken part so far, containing detailed information about their companies, the state of the industry and thousands of examples of best practice. These reports are also collected in four volumes of our Tannery of the Year book.

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GST AutoLeather, Mexico
Automotive leather supplier GST has had a presence in Mexico for almost 25 years and, for almost the last 15 years, has concentrated all its North American production at three different sites there. Together, these facilities constitute an efficient and effective automotive leather supply chain, and at the same time there is something special about the way it treats its people, as this report makes clear.
World Leather - Aug/Sept 2017
Buyer’s view: GST and Yisti
A?new foundation called Yisti?Society has found a way of putting to use scraps from GST Mexican cutting plants.
World Leather - Aug/Sept 2017
Country Commentary: A changing environment for footwear
There are plenty of challenges ahead for Mexico’s footwear industry, ranging from competition for leather from the automotive sector to a fluid environment across the border in the US, which can have an effect on everything from production costs to consumer buying habits in the domestic market. Nevertheless, the president of CICEG, the main footwear industry association in the state of Guanajuato, Luis Gerardo González García, is looking forward to addressing all of these issues.
World Leather - Aug/Sept 2017
Country Commentary: Uganda’s tanning industry pushes ahead
Less than 20 years ago, practically all of Uganda’s hides and skins left the country in the raw state. Now nine tanneries are working hard to add value to this natural resource and are aiming to expand their operations in future and to be part of a thriving domestic leather sector.
World Leather - June/July 2017
Leather Industries of Uganda Jinja, Uganda
A decade ago, Leather Industries of Uganda faced a real threat of closure because of inadequate environmental management. After a complete overhaul and substantial investment in people and technology, the facility now serves as a landmark for the leather industry in Uganda, in East Africa and, perhaps, across the whole of the continent. It now describes itself as “a wastewater treatment plant with a tannery attached”.
World Leather - June/July 2017
Country Commentary US leather industry starts to grow back
Leather Industries of America is one of the country’s oldest trade associations. It’s smaller now than in the days before globalisation, when millions of US hides began to flow overseas, but its president, John Wittenborn, says the companies that remain are strong and optimistic about growing the industry back.
World Leather - Apr/May 2017
Mississippi TanTec Leather Inc. Vicksburg, Mississippi, US
Drums started turning at the ISA TanTec facility in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at the start of 2015, making it the first tannery to commence production in the US in 25 years. Working from wet blue, it retans and finishes hides from prominent US cattle-producing states and supplies finished leather mostly to footwear brands for whom ‘Made in the US’ has become an important part of commercial strategy.
World Leather - Apr/May 2017
Buyer's View: Wolverine Leathers and Interhides Public Company Ltd
For a customer’s perspective of Tannery of the Year finalist Interhides Public Company Limited, we talk to the leather division of footwear group Wolverine Worldwide, a long-time partner, but one with new ideas that it is working on with the Thai leather manufacturer.
World Leather - Feb/Mar 2017
TOTY: Interhides Public Company Limited
Two generations at Interhides Limited are now working hand in hand to establish strong partnerships with customers and suppliers and to make this family-run tannery, situated in one of Thailand’s main leather manufacturing clusters, a leader at home and internationally.
World Leather - Feb/Mar 2017
Country Commentary - Recipe for success
The president of the Thai Tanning Industry Association, Pranee Kuruvelukorn, says leather is like cooking, with each part of the world having its preferred ingredients and traditional ways of preparing things. Thailand’s is a recipe for success, she says.
World Leather - Feb/Mar 2017
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