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  • United States – Hide price ceiling broken by Chinese tanners

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    After a few days of relatively quiet trading, things have suddenly leapt into life this week. Over the past few weeks Chinese tanners have been telling anyone who will listen that the ceiling for hides was US$30.00/hide, any higher than this, then they will walk away because they become uneconomical to process above this level.

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  • Australia – Wool returns lifting up the skin market

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    The Australian skin market is reported to have been on a rollercoaster over the past few months, following the fortunes of the wool market and global health issues caused by Covid-19. Production levels are now back to normal and the majority of skins being produced are new season lambs.

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  • European cowhide demand

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    Towards the end of the summer months we witnessed the increased demand for this type of hide from Chinese tanners; enough to cause the prices to rise. In some cases, each new sale was at least US$1.00/hide higher than the previous sale, even if that sale had been concluded just a week earlier.

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  • A careful watch on green prices

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    Recently, we dared to write about the demand for hides outstripping the supply of hides. At the time of writing, this was good news for suppliers of both cured and wet-blue hides, who had witnessed price rises on both fronts, while still being able to procure their hides at advantageous price levels.

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  • France – More optimism in the market

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    The hide market has been reported as being buoyant over the past few weeks. European tanners are, in the main, responsible for the heightened demand. Their low stocks, coupled with fresh orders for finished leather, have fuelled their need for raw material.

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  • Belgium – Larger percentage of sales into China

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    As with a lot of other European origins, the bulk of recent business has been to Chinese tanners. The price of hides increased steadily over the course of the summer months, but the ceiling on prices appears to have been found about two weeks ago.

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  • China – Finished leather demand continues upwards

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    The domestic demand for finished leather continues, but there has been an increase in demand for leather goods from Europe, the U.S. and other parts of Asia. The problem now facing exporters, is that there is just not enough container space available

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  • Brazil – Green prices becoming unsustainable

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    For week 45 of 2020, the green price indicator in Brazil has shown an alarming upward price trend is continuing. In recent updates we have seen the price gain in large increments week by week. The price now stands at an average of BRL1.04/kg, with price gains being reported in all regions of Brazil.

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  • Are we at a tipping point for hide prices?

    Published: 11 Nov, 2020

    This year has been one hell of a rollercoaster for hide prices. We entered 2020 in a buoyant mood, with renewed optimism that followed two years of decreasing leather sales and lower cured and wet-blue prices.

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  • Two tier leather market developing

    Published: 09 Oct, 2020

    The economic impact upon the world by Covid-19 is very well captured within the leather industry. At theSauerReport we see that previously high-in-demand leather fashion items, such as handbags and dress shoes are just not selling.

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