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Two anniversaries for Carvalhos Group

couroazul2This year the Carvalhos group celebrates its 75th anniversary of its foundation by António Nunes De Carvalho and simultaneously its most recent company Couro Azul celebrates its 25th anniversary.

For this celebration, on the 20th May, the Carvalhos group got together 600 people, including all its current and former employees, as well as, all the Carvalhos family members in the new expansion of Couro Azul Plant.

In this event, the Carvalhos group made a special tribute to its founder and to António Carvalho and Fernando Carvalho members of the 2nd generation. At this event some former collaborators were distinguished for their contribution to the company.

Integrated in these celebrations, the company promoted various cultural and sports events such as the creation of a Jazz band called the “Oak Band”, an amateur theater group to participate in the 100th anniversary of the township of Alcanena, as well as, a team who participated in the regional Nersant challenger games, which they won.


Award to President of Dani Group

Order of Merit to Giancarlo Dani

The Italian President Giorgio Napolitano awarded on June 2nd the Order of Merit for Labour to Giancarlo Dani, an important recognition for the whole tanning sector.

Dani is President of Dani Group, whose tanneries are specialized in the production of leather for upholstery, automotive, footwear and leather goods. “It is a recognition not for me, but for the Dani family. We worked a lot, being able to create this important industrial reality”.

In favor of Dani Group weighted different circumstances, not least its ability to obtain brilliant results in a time of crisis in the Italian economy. Its growth, driven by the automotive division (making up 50% of turnover) and exports (about 70% of turnover), allowed Dani to double the production facilities and the number of employees, now 600, working in the two Italian premises and different trading subsidiaries abroad.

The other important aspect of its success, is the image of “green” company and environmentally sustainable production that the company has been able to project, through investments in technology and ad-hoc certifications. It managed to enter the top-100 Italian eco-friendly firms in 2012 (Green Italy Report), and introduced its trademark slogan “Sustainable leather, pure emotion”.

By his own account, Dani’s history is one of entrepreneurship, hard work, and respect for the environment, valuing business ethics, personal relations and constant dedication to improving the quality of their production. Thorough these accomplishments he aims at the promotion of the image of Arzignano district as a center of excellence recognized worldwide, and by working as a driving force for other companies, to show that in Italy it is still possible (on the backdrop of a difficult environment ndt) to conduct business successfully.

Worth Programme

EU funds & support for European Tanners

Do you want to try developing a new type of leather with a young designer or inventor?

A call for applications has just been launched offering very interesting opportunities for companies in the Textile and Leather sectors and simple and non-bureaucratic procedures!

This Programme, supported by the European Commission (DG Enterprise), and conducted by Institut Français de la Mode, London College of Fashion, Euratex and CNA/Federmoda, aims to help European SMEs and designers (and possibly technology providers) experience how to collaborate successfully and bring new products or start with new processes.

Enhance value added and improve competitiveness!

The Worth project has the means and resources to select and support 30 partnerships, coach them, and showcase the prototypes in specific connected events.

This Programme gives manufacturing SMEs in the EU the opportunity:
- to learn how to work with highly creative designers
- benefit from experienced marketing coaches
- create new kinds of products or styles or learn new techniques
- to secure existing markets or open new ones.

You’ll find much more detail on the website!

For further details and direct communications with interested companies:
WORTH Pilot Project Coordinator
IFM Research and Consulting Director
36 quai d'Austerlitz
75013 Paris
33 1 70 38 89 89
33 6 80 42 20 94

Leather Pilot Project

Introduction to the PEFCR Pilot Leather

COTANCE has been awarded the opportunity to conducting one of the 14 EU Pilots selected among some 90 candidates aiming at developing Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR) for non-food/feed products.

The COTANCE-led EU Pilot concerns Leather, the material stemming from the by-product of the meat industry, hides and skins of animals slaughtered for the production of meat for human consumption.

This EU Pilot will officially start activities together with those other EU Pilots that will be operating in the food/feed & drink sectors in the first half of 2014. This will facilitate the discussions on the alignment of methodological aspects between the partners in the supply chain.

However, the EU Pilot on Leather starts already for all organisational aspects. COTANCE attended on October 20, 2013, the first meeting of the Steering Committee that oversees the whole Pilot process.

The development of official PEFCR within the European Commission framework will last some 3 years and follow a pre-set schedule of activities with their milestones and deliverables described in a Commission’s Guidance document.


Pilot Project: Environmental Footprint of Leather

The COTANCE Bologna Council celebrates the success of its application for an EU Pilot on Leather

The COTANCE Council held in Bologna on October 11, 2013, on the sideline of the Lineapelle Fair, is pleased to learn that the sector’s submission for an EU Pilot for Leather had been retained by the European Commission as one of the 14 successful Pilots among a total of some 90 applications.

The leather sector’s representatives from Italy, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Romania expressed their satisfaction for getting the opportunity to drive the process that is to develop the sector’s official Product Category Rules for the Environmental Footprint of Leather.

The start of activities will be delayed, however, so as to allow a parallel development with the EU Pilots of the Food industry whose call for candidatures is to be issued in early 2014.

COTANCE understands that this opportunity is a success for the global leather industry and expresses its gratitude to all those international organisations, foreign leather sector institutions and bodies having sent in their letters of commitment, interest or support to this initiative in the preparation of the application.

Brussels, 14 October 2013

Prices of raw materials

The COTANCE Bologna Council sends an alarm message to European trade authorities on raw material prices

Bologna hosted on October 11, 2013, on the sideline of the Lineapelle Fair, the autumn Council of COTANCE gathering representatives from Italy, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and Romania.

Important topics were on the agenda regarding the Environmental Footprint of leather and the EU Pilot for developing official Product Category Rules for Leather that COTANCE applied for to the European Commission, EU labelling of leather, Safety of Products and origin marking, as well as the EU rules on Cr VI restriction and the labelling of products treated with biocide products, among others.

Discussions focalised however on the current market situation and perspectives for raw material prices that are remaining at historic high levels and squeeze European tanners progressively into a non-sustainable business scenario. Every day brings new information on supplier countries throttling exports of raw hides, skins and wet-blue. More and more countries are adopting more and more protectionist measures reducing the supply in the “open market” and competitors operating behind such “protecting walls” increasingly consume those resources remaining. Argentina, Brazil, Andean Countries, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Russia, Ukraine, Morocco, Nigeria, etc. and now also Turkey don’t allow European tanners to source freely raw materials in their domestic market while they raid barrier-free markets such as Europe. Without reciprocity Europe’s leather industry has its days numbered.

European tanners are not seeing their trade authorities bringing home any relief. There are even authorities in EU Member States that do not support the collection of statistical evidence (a monitoring exercise) that would allow appreciating officially whether there is a need for emergency action that would be legally applicable. This illustrates the drift that pushes more and more European industrialists and workers into distrust in politics. This is not an ideal situation with European elections and new Commission at the doorstep (2014).

Europe needs to make up its mind whether it wants to keep the World’s top of the class leather industry at home generating wealth and employment or whether it will surrender without resistance to unfair trade barriers and rogue business practices.

Brussels, 14 October 2013