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Leather Pipeline: Chinese tanners brace for more shutdowns

The latest edition of our exclusive fortnightly market intelligence report, Leather Pipeline, brings news of more tough times ahead for Chinese tanners.

According to the report, which is available in full here, the Chinese government is preparing to close down more tanneries, mostly in the north of the country, as it seeks to increase its control over pollution levels. These closures could take place with very little notice, it adds. 

“The leather industry might not be the main driver of energy consumption and air pollution, but it is one of the immediate victims,” the report laments.

These uncertain times are making it extremely difficult for factories to plan their production, which is bad news for many within the leather industry because they have to be prepared for supply interruptions. What’s more, these difficulties are coming at a time when leather is already facing a fight to recover its standing as a valuable and environmentally responsible material. 

This week’s report also examines the growing divide between hide supply and leather demand, offers some insight into why US hides are becoming an attractive alternative for important leather producing markets, and questions if the leather industry is spending too much time defending itself against negative coverage.




Buckman Nov 2016

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