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  • Germany – Market flatlining

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    The pattern, as with suppliers from other origins, is repeating itself in Germany, where the latest reports for exports of hides show that prices and volumes seem to have flatlined. But, as Italian tanners take in the last few orders, both fresh and cured, from German suppliers before they embark on their annual factory closedown, the next few weeks could be interesting. 

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  • Australia- Ovine trade remains slow

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    The ovine skin market is reported to continue its lacklustre performance through 2020. It will be a year remembered for many reasons, one of which will be the historical low prices for lambskins. 

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  • China – Better demand for upholstery leather

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    Upholstery tanneries, both those producing leather for the automotive trade and the general furniture trade, report that business is a lot better than many had anticipated. 

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  • Ireland – Supply tap turned on

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    After several months of below average slaughter rates in Ireland, the tap has well and truly been turned back on. 

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  • Latin American hides – more offers on the table

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    We have noticed over the past few days a lot more offers coming from Latin American suppliers; many of these at one time would have sold much of their material into the larger tannery groups within Brazil, but now more direct offers appear to be made. 

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  • United States – More demand for cured hides rather than wet-blue

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    As has been well documented, sales of cured hides have been strong in recent weeks, with suppliers able to keep most of their inventories low by constant selling. 

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  • Greece – Awaiting the tourist trade

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    Reported cases of covid 19 were much lower in Greece than other parts of Europe, and so the country was able to return to a nearer, normal way of life faster than most

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  • United Kingdom – More demand for cowhides

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    Those that have sales on their books to Italian tanners have until July 23 to make deliveries, according to one supplier, after this date the annual holidays will take place for most, with deliveries set to recommence on either the last week of August or the first week of September. 

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  • France – Small skins very difficult to find homes for

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    Sales are reported to remain difficult for  French hide suppliers. China remains the principal buyer. Chinese tanners are maintaining regular purchases but applying downward pressure on the prices. 

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  • European supply chain

    Published: 24 Jul, 2020

    Slaughter rates are increasing in almost all European origins, just as it is in both North and South America, and at a time when the Italian tanning industry is about to close down for several weeks. Without an upturn in finished leather demand, which does not look forthcoming, this is heading towards the perfect storm for further pressure to be placed upon hide and skin prices. 

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