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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

A Skills Council for the Leather Industry

Launch of the first European Sector Council on Education Training & Employment
in the Textile Clothing and Leather

On 6th December 2011 in Brussels was launched the first European Sectoral Council on Education Training & Employment in front of International and European Representatives. 

• A first sectoral initiative fully in line with the Europe 2020 strategy to bridge the SKILLS gaps and to create more and better jobs in Textile Clothing and Leather industries throughout the EU

• High level of involvement: a network steered by the EU Social partners and covering more than 27 countries and with more than 400 entities involved

Download the full Press Release

Download the Agreement setting up the European Council for Education and Employment in Textile, Clothing, Leather


EU Regulation on Textile Labelling

COTANCE complains against the adoption by the EU of a penalising descriptor for
Leather on Textile clothing labels

The representatives of the European Leather Industry meeting in Council in Rome regret the approval of the EU Regulation on Textile Names and Labelling of Textile products by the European Parliament last 15 May 2011.  That vote opens the way to a compulsory labelling for leather trims on clothing to be sold in the EU that penalises leather with a denigrating descriptor.

The presence of leather as a trim in a textile clothing will have to be indicated with the mention “Contains non-textile parts of animal origin”.

Such a mention denies the material “Leather” the right to be called by its name! Describing leather by other than its name is likely to cause confusion and dis-educate consumers to the detriment of the sector’s cultural and industrial heritage.

Allergic sufferers – the alleged beneficiaries of the rule - are not served by a mention that does not specifically address the cause of their problems while the adopted message associates a negative image to a number of products of animal origin that have a well gained legitimacy. It is highly concerning that the affected sectors have not been consulted at all by public authorities and that the economic and social consequences on supply chains have not been assessed.

COTANCE expressed its objections to the EP amendments implementing this provision in a letter to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council Presidency in March 2010. COTANCE regrets that its views have been simply ignored and its concerns unanswered.

The European Leather industry calls on the EU institutions to reconsider the implementation of this particular label indication and to finally develop the much-expected Regulation of Leather Terms and Labelling of Leather articles that the leather sector and European consumers deserve.

Rome, 16 June 2011