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Louboutin gets green light to protect its red sole
A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) looks set to allow high-end footwear brand Christian Louboutin to continue to protect the distinctive red sole with which it has become synonymous.
World Leather - Oct/Nov 2018
Leather in the time of trade tensions
The writing was on the wall when the US president said at the start of 2018 that his country’s era of “economic surrender” was over. He said he wanted the US’s trade relationship with China to be “fair and reciprocal” and that he would use “strong enforcement” of trade rules to achieve that. What followed has been a year of tit-for-tat tariff escalation, which worried almost every industry involved in global trade, including leather and footwear.
World Leather - Oct/Nov 2018
Regulatory requirements with an impact on leather manufacture
With the registration phase of the European Chemicals Agency’s REACH project having concluded, Dr Martin Kleban from Lanxess offers an overview of important developments in recent months.
World Leather - Aug/Sept 2018
Cogitations, the New Year and Zorro
What is the hide market going to do in 2017? What is the direction and why? Regular columnist David Peters has consulted with industry insiders in almost 20 countries to find the answers.
World Leather - Dec/Jan 2016
Comment. Sam Setter: The Ansari vision
This article views things from a positive point of view on Bangladesh. As you may have read over last month the first tanneries are preparing to move to the new industrial area bytransferring old machines from Hazaribagh to Savar. The most important factor for the tanners, whom it would bedifficult to describe as modern industrialists, is that whateveris done should cost as little as possible; this is their view,rather than seeing the shift as an opportunity to start fromscratch and to start with a clean slate.
World Leather - June/July 2016
Regular leatherbiz columnist David Peters makes it clear that, while last year was one of the best in a long time for automotive tanners (some of whom are likely to have to expand production), a malaise continues to hang over the leather industry as a whole because of the move towards synthetic materials among many footwear producers.
World Leather - Feb/Mar 2016
The fall and rise of labels of origin in the EU
An unexpected turn of events in Brussels at the start of 2013 has meant the European Commission may have to backtrack on a decision to allow importers of shoes and other goods to hide the country of origin from consumers.
World Leather - Apr/May 2013
Companies act to keep chromium VI out
The problem of chromium VI does not appear to go away, and is being taken very seriously by fashion groups, especially those selling children's footwear. When health matters – and especially children's health – are considerations, any concerns of the consumer will be driven by what is perceived as opposed to any technical debate. This article is based on a presentation given in World Footwear Jan/’Feb 2008, and is a timely reminder to the industry that vigilance remains of extreme importance.
World Leather - 03 - May 2008
REACH me: Where we are today
Dr Alois Puntener from the Association of Swiss Leather Chemists and Technologists provides an update on the impact of the REACH legislation.
World Leather - 08 - Dec/Jan 2007
The determination of chromium (VI): Standardisation status
The co-existence of two different procedures for determining hexavalent chromium in leather across Europe has placed this hazardous substance once more in the midst of controversy.
World Leather - 06 - Oct 2007
REACH, a ground-breaking EU regulation
The status of REACH today.
World Leather - Dec/Jan 2006
Buyer's view: Patagonia
Environmentally-friendly leather takes a step into the outdoors with the emphasis on ISO 14001.
World Leather - Aug/Sep 2006
Anaerobic digestion of tannery sludge: Lowering salinity to reduce sludge volume
An investigation was performed to minimise the volume of tannery sludges by bio-degradation. To overcome the inhibiting effects caused by inorganic solubles used in leather manufacture, a novel technique was employed to reduce the salts content of these sludges. This article looks at the success of this investigation.
World Leather - Nov 2005
Personal opinion: REACH
The European Union’s proposed REACH Regulation continues to cause concern to the leather industry and its suppliers in the chemical sector. Recent personal meetings with many leaders in the European chemical industry and major European tanners would confirm that the dangers of REACH are real. On their behalf, we felt it appropriate to send the following letter to the Prime Minister of the UK, as the country that currently holds the presidency of the EU.
World Leather - Aug/Sep 2005
In reaction to REACh: the chemical industry, the Bush administration and the European efforts to regulate chemicals
This report examines how the Bush administration responded to a landmark effort by the European Union to reduce the risks of chemical exposure.
World Leather - June/July 2004
The unavoidable implications of REACH on the leather industry
Dr Schmidt-Sonnenschein of Bayer Chemicals discusses issues raised in connection to REACH (Registration, Authorisation and Restrictions of Chemicals EU Chemicals Policy).
World Leather - Feb/Mar 2004
False hexavalent chromium determinations
Considerable discussion and research has taken place into the potential weaknesses and accuracy of the diphenylcarbazide determination of hexavalent chromium in leather. Despite these reservations, the general attitude has been to accept that hexavalent chromium - as determined by diphenylcarbazide methods - is real and hazardous.
World Leather - Dec/Jan 2003

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