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Meeting with Commissioner Tajani

The COTANCE Presidency meets Industry Commissioner and Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani

On July 30, 2012, Industry Commissioner and Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani received in Brussels the recently elected COTANCE President Rino Mastrotto. President Mastrotto headed a small delegation composed by COTANCE Vice-Presidents Muirhead, Roselló and Mercogliano as well as COTANCE Secretary General Gonzalez-Quijano.

This encounter between the governing body of the European Leather Industry and the Member of the European Commission in charge of Industrial Policy served to underscore the leadership of European leather producers, notably in key areas of sustainable development, as well as their crucial role in technical, fashion and luxury value chains. With a turnover of some 8 billion Euro, a positive trade balance, worldwide best environmental practice and social accountability standards, European leather is a key player at global scale and in global value chains, representing some 15-17% of global leather trade in value.

Vice-President Tajani is to present later this year a Communication on Industrial Policy outlining the policy objectives and initiatives that aim at strengthening the competitiveness of European industry. The European Commission is also to address aspects of the customs union and the internal market, and enter into further Free Trade negotiations with third countries.


Campaign for Leather

COTANCE launches its Permanent Leather Promotion Campaign
That’s Life, That’s Leather!

that's life, that's leatherAfter offering in Shanghai the licensing of its Campaign material free of charge in the newly established Executive Committee of ICT, COTANCE decided, in its Bucharest Council meeting of September 26, 2012, the institution of a Permanent Leather Promotion Campaign under the slogan “That’s Life, That’s Leather!”.

Created in 2004, the COTANCE Campaign “That’s Life, That’s Leather!” proved that effective communication to the general public on leather does not need to be prohibitively costly and that even less wealthy leather trade associations can possibly sustain effective activities in one of their core competences: the defence and promotion of leather.

The 2004 Campaign was developed as a “postcard-exercise” where images of the omnipresence of leather in our lives testify to the usefulness of the material and the emotions that it engenders in people. The permanent COTANCE Campaign now launched in Bucharest intends to build on the success of the past and to develop a combination  of traditional and internet based communication tools.

Leather trade associations can join the Campaign by subscribing a simple licence agreement and possibly a voluntary financial contribution.

COTANCE invites leather sector operators to sponsor this initiative.

Eco-footprinting of Leather

COTANCE welcomes the results of the UNIDO Leather Panel Meeting in Shanghai on Eco-Footprinting of Leather

At its Autumn Council meeting held in Bucharest on 26 September 2012, COTANCE delegates from Italy (UNIC), Spain (ACEXPIEL), France (FFTM), Germany (VDL), United Kingdom (UKLF), Netherlands (FNL), Sweden (SG) and Romania (APPBR) expressed their satisfaction on the results of the debate on Eco-Footprinting of Leather at the Shanghai UNIDO Leather Panel meeting of last 3 and 4 of September.

UNIDO Leather Panel members made up from renowned experts in the sector reviewed a Technical Report presented at an advanced state of completion providing the methodological key for sustaining the Leather sector’s claim to exclude from the LCA system boundaries of the leather value chain the burden of the livestock industry. The methodology is called “System expansion” and was developed in Denmark in the late 1990s for addressing the case of natural resources generating by-products and co-products.

The experts in Shanghai expressed clearly their view that the system boundaries of the leather value chain start at the slaughterhouse with the generation of the hide or skin as a by-product free from the environmental burden of meat and milk production, the actual drivers of their production.


LVMH buys Tanneries Roux

LVMH Press release

LVMH takes control of Tanneries Roux

Tanneries Roux, created in 1803, produce high quality leather and for 20 years, in a partnership spirit, have supplied Brands such as Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Dior, Céline or Moynat. Indeed, the tannery has  developed calf leather with a soft touch and high flexibility adapted to the most exceptional leathergoods. The tannery has a work force of over 120 employees and is located in the Drôme, a labour area known for its leather work.

Mr Jean-Claude Ricomard will remain the Chairman of the company and will be in charge of pursuing the strategy that allowed the Tanneries to develop for many years.The purchase follows the group strategy to valorize its savoir-faire upstream, as already illustrated in creating the Comète tanneries in 2009 or the more recent acquisition of the Heng Long crocodile tannery in 2011.

Jean-Claude Ricomard’s Press Release

“The fact that the number 1 brand of deluxe leather articles, a major French industrial group, showed interest in our company is a wonderful recognition for all those who have sustained this enterprise with a creative and innovative work force since 1803. Our “raison d’être” has not been modified, we will stay at the service of all world actors in the luxury business.”


Original press releases in French

Rino Mastrotto, new COTANCE Chairman

COTANCE elects a New Presidency

Barcelona, 8 June 2012

The COTANCE General Assembly, gathering in Barcelona on 8 June the representatives from Europe’s tanning industry, elected a new Presidency and Mr Rino Mastrotto was appointed chairman for the 2012-2014 term.

Mr Jonathan Muirhead (Scottish Leather Group/UKLF) and Mr Thomas Bee (Seton/VDL) have been appointed as Vice-Presidents. Mr Albert Rosello (Serpelsa/ACEXPIEL) as immediate past President remains in the COTANCE Presidency as 3rd Vice-President. The position of Mr Salvatore Mercogliano (Lineapelle/UNIC) as Vice-President has been confirmed.


Guido Vergani Award 2011

Italian “Guido Vergani” award for Andrea Guolo

VerganiThe famous Italian “Guido Vergani” award for the reporter of the year 2011 went to Andrea Guolo, longstanding journalist of the Italian Magazine MdP La Conceria. The official ceremony took place on Saturday, November 26 in Milan where the editor of Corriere della Sera, Ferruccio De Bortoli, and the president of the group Reporters Lombardi, Rosi Brandi handed over the award.

Andrea Guolo, journalist of the Italian Leather industry magazine MdP La Conceria, was honored Saturday, November 26th in Milan (Press Club) as the winner of the award "Reporter of the Year 2011", dedicated to the memory of Guido Vergani. The award celebrates the author of a series of reports published by the weekly magazine MdP La Conceria on toxic shoes sold in stores in Milan's Chinatown.

The award was presented by the director of the Corriere della Sera, Ferruccio De Bortoli (Jury President) and the president of the group of Lombardian Reporters, Rosi Brandi.

"Poison Shoes," it said in its citation. "In the heart of Milan's Chinatown shops, displayed and sold for a few euros where “made in Italy” is fake and fake is the leather. Real is only the content of hexavalent chromium, a highly toxic substance for those who come into contact. The investigation, in the tradition of investigative journalism, results in seizures and complaints, but especially in the unveiling of the terrible threats of fakes and that the price dumping policies can lead to health risks in unaware consumers. The report by Andrea Guolo embodies the rigor of a reporter and demonstrates once more the inescapable social function of journalism and research related to the facts. "

For the author it is the third award of 2011, after the award "Goose Pen", ranked first in the publishing industry (with Gian Omar Bison), for the book "Men and Meat. A journey where the food is born "(publisher Franco Angeli), and after being a finalist for the award" Communicating corporate conscience "with a chapter of" Mafia in the pot ", dedicated to wine Centopassi and titled" The Mafia goes, the wine remains".

Bologna, November 28, 2011