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COVER STORY
THE SUSTAINABLE EXCELLENCE OF ITALIAN LEATHER
Sustainability words

All is new: within the idea, the substance, form, and style. UNIC publishes the 15th edition of the Sustainability Report and projects itself into a new dimension: one of excellence, to be told and shared on all levels with everyone.
A story to be told
UNIC celebrates its yearly annual meeting and, in a video, makes the “tannery speaking”. The voice heard is that of the workers. The pride and passion that are shown are viral and demonstrate that the Italian leather industry is alive, and needs to attract young people into joining.
First, despite all
Economic crisis, politics, terrorism. 2016 was a tough year. But Italian tannery was able to show its muscles and establish records, to look at the future with confidence.

SUMMARY
VALUE OF LEATHER
The relevance of words
Wineleather is a thing of the past. After the presence by UNIC, producers of “wineleather” abandon their name.

PROSPECTIVE
Leather’s direction

Balance between uses, innovations, and prices. On august 30th, in Shanghai, took place the 3rd edition of World Leather Congress: analyzing the past and looking to the future. Questions on China being asked, at ACLE.

LEATHER’S CHEMICALS
Know-how and innovation

AICC goes all-in on training. And the leather value chain joins in the efforts.

ABOUT QUALITY
Traceability according to ICEC

The Institute of Quality Certification for the Leather Sector offers tools that narrate the life of the finished product and the material that make it. Tanners and brands need this.

FROM BRAZIL
Jbs’s alternating phases
The multinational active in the meat industry posts the numbers for its second quarter: the effects of the Lava Jato scandal weigh in.

SNEAKER MANIA
The last obsession
The king of heels, Christian Louboutin, legitimizes sneakers: “There are the object of male fetish» and «a creative playground”. Who thought (or hoped), that the sporty trend was going to be a short one has to change idea.
55 billions USD
Sneakers keep going. And their value in the global market is that much. “Non-technical” sneakers alone grew 26% in 2016. “They represent cultural change”. Usa, Spain, UK: a sporty revolution.
How is leather doing?
Rubber soles are at the top, leather sole remains confined in the more elegant footwear for women. Strong usage decrease for men’s footwear, but “it isn’t the first time we deal with a more prolonged seasonality”. Espadrillas choose leather.

E-COMMERCE
The luxury indicator
Online is no longer just an expansion tool: it is a reality tackled by each brand in its own way. The web also provides a clear image of the state of the fashion industry.

CALL FOR 4.0
Top robotics
Its name is barracuda. A project development (implemented by 3 companies in serbia and 2 in bosnia) that moves around the whole factory. Interconnected and smart, it can assess operations performance and timing. As well, it liaises with employees.
90 out of 100
Doucal’s experiment of glasses that record each phase of production and analyses them in real time, to improve productivity, but also to put higher value and share the craftsmanship.

HIGHLIGHTS
News –
Two Acquisitions in New Zealand & One in France
Pakistan Getting to 0
Thailand
The outlooks of Thai alligator
Egypt Move in progress  |  egyptian strictness
Turkey Taxes and regulations
Russia New tannery
Luxury – What young Chinese fashion addicts buy  |  Digital shopping booming, physical retail slows  |  France: Hermès invests

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