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  • Will the average quality of leather increase?

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    With consumer demand for finished leather and leather goods at rock bottom levels, and likely to remain that way for the short term at least, will this mean that the quality of leather as a whole will improve. 

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  • United States – Sales patterns causing concern

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    The sales patterns for the past two weeks have started to become a concern for many suppliers. Hide sales are just not matching the supply of hides, and as slaughter rates start to increase, as we move into the Summer months when beef consumption traditionally starts to spike, then the concerns can be seen as more than justified. 

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  • Turkey – Baby steps for the shoe industry

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    The domestic market is reported as still being very quiet. Shoe operators are reported to be mostly closed, with the largest shoe materials outlets having been closed for over two months. Now they open partially just to test the market mood.

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  • Are we ready for the next wave of slaughtering?

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    During normal times, this part of the year would witness heavy slaughters across the globe. BBQ season would have started and the restaurant trade would be booming, as tourist begin setting off on their summer vacations, this being a period that lasts until early September

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  • Australia – Wool demand helping sheepskin sales

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    Skin market is reported as being very soft, with little interest except for buyers who want skins at rock bottom prices, and less than it cost to process them. 

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  • Nervous times ahead

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    Suppliers of bovine material, particularly those from the U.S. have gone through selling sprees during April and very early May, the volumes of hides sold are in the main to Chinese tanners, and in volumes not witnessed before. 

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  • Wet-blue hides – Lower demand

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    Up until the early part of 2020 wet-blue was in big demand, not only from Asian tanners but also European tanners. With much of the material sourced from North and South America. Not only did it help the major tanning areas, with being able to source good quality material, it also helped to maintain a cleaner image. 

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  • China – Tanners holding large stocks

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    Pessimism is the word that best describes the situation amongst Chinese tanners at this time. After buying in record volumes during April, predominately from the U.S., tanners are now wondering what they are to do with all the material. 

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  • How far prices have fallen

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    Just to put the current market prices into some form of context, and to illustrate just how far prices have dropped in recent times.

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  • Wet-blue hides – Lower demand

    Published: 24 Jun, 2020

    Up until the early part of 2020 wet-blue was in big demand, not only from Asian tanners but also European tanners.

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