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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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Country Commentary: Complexities of the Chinese market
In the first part of our Country Commentary for China, World Leather June-July, we analysed the impact on the country’s wider economy of its ongoing trade dispute with the US. Part two examines more closely the impact of the current economic situation on industries that are extensive users of leather.
World Leather - Aug/Sept 2019
Jinan Luri Junda Leather, Technical report
Specialist cow split producer Junda Leather has found ways to keep valuable manufacturing jobs in the rural environment of Shuangquan in Shandong Province, while building strong ties with two of China’s leading universities for leather science and engineering.
World Leather - Aug/Sept 2019
Jinan Luri Junda Leather Shuangquan, Shandong, China
A specialist producer of cow split, Junda Leather Company has forged a reputation as a creative supplier that footwear groups producing shoes and boots for domestic and export markets have come to count on.
World Leather - Aug/Sept 2019
Peter Geng Double Face Company, Technical report
Hebei Province-based double-face leather producer Peter Geng is committed to sharing the benefits of its deep knowledge of the special raw materials required to make its products.
World Leather - Jun/July 2019
Country Commentary: What months of mistrust could mean
Trade tensions have been building up between China and the US since the start of 2018. A resolution appeared to be within reach in the early part of this year, but May and June 2019 have been among the most turbulent months in the dispute so far and most of the optimism has faded.
World Leather - Jun/July 2019
Peter Geng Double Face Company
After years of working for large double-face leather manufacturing companies in Hebei Province, Peter Geng set up his own tannery in 2008. Through hard work and deep knowledge of the specialist raw materials double-face requires, he has now built up a strong reputation for quality, service and innovation.
World Leather - Jun/July 2019
2018 global winner in expansion mode
A year ago, Interhides Limited was on top of the world, having won the global award in the sixth Tannery of the Year programme. Far from resting on its laurels, the Thai leather manufacturer has invested in a new building, new machinery and a new idea for succeeding as a supplier of wet blue and wet white of consistently high quality. It’s an idea that’s been tried before, but not like this.
World Leather - Apr/May 2019
TOTY - Russkaya Kozha: Technical report
How the biggest tannery in Russia came to look beyond the country’s borders and beyond footwear to find new markets at home and abroad.
World Leather - Dec/Jan 2018
Country Commentary: Leather in a cold climate
Russia today has a relatively small number of tanneries for such a large country, with 20 leather manufacturers in operation. However, demand from the domestic market, owing to Russia’s large population and savagely diverse climatic and geographical conditions, as well as an eye for greater exports, are giving grounds for optimism.
World Leather - Dec/Jan 2018
TOTY - Russkaya Kozha Ryazan, Russia
Russia’s biggest tannery has a history spanning more than 100 years and, as it expands its target markets beyond the domestic arena and beyond footwear, is investing heavily in new technology to create a bright future.
World Leather - Dec/Jan 2018
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