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  • Australia – market claims on the up

    Published: 15 May, 2019

    A well respected and long term supplier of hides from Australia reports of his recent troubles following a visit to Chinese tanners. 

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  • What do we do with all the excess cowhides?

    Published: 15 May, 2019

    As is well known, meat consumption in the western world has fallen over recent years; and is predicted to continue to fall as people change their dietary habits. But while the western world reduces its meat consumption, other parts of the world are becoming more affluent and their diets requirements are changing. 

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  • Return of the 5th quarter

    Published: 15 May, 2019

    At one time the hide or skin was regarded by abattoirs as the 5th quarter; in other words, it was not factored into the overall costing when purchasing the cattle from farmers. 

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  • Germany – opportunities scarce

    Published: 15 May, 2019

    The bottom line of the state of the trade last week didn’t change much from the prior ones. Decent business on the all-important European market, and negative conditions on the Chinese front.

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  • The problems with wet-white

    Published: 15 May, 2019

    As reported by theSauerReport, some slaughterhouse’s in Europe which normally sell their raw hides fresh, delivered into Italian tanneries, are having to now have these same hides contract wet-blued because of the down turn in demand. 

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  • Decline in auto production affects Lear’s Q1 results

    Published: 15 May, 2019

    The U.S. headquartered automotive seating, electrical and electronic systems supplier has posted total sales of US$5.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, compared with US$5.7 billion in the same quarter of the previous year. 

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  • Spain – any gains given back

    Published: 15 May, 2019

    The increase of prices observed over the previous two rounds all but disappeared in the auctions held in the country across the end of April and early May. The downturn hit the bull/heifer type of hides the most, erasing all the previous gains. Cowhides also lost some ground, but in a more measured fashion.

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  • Brazilian hide and skin exports down 25.4% in April

    Published: 15 May, 2019

    Total hide and skin exports from Brazil declined 25.4% in April, year-on-year, to US$102.2 million. April exports were also 14.1% lower than the previous month of March, when it totalled US$119 million, according to data released by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB). 

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  • Is more domestic tanning the future?

    Published: 01 May, 2019

    Go back 80 years and we will find that most towns and cities had their own abattoirs along with, in many cases their own tannery. 

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  • Brazil – under pressure

    Published: 01 May, 2019

    The wet-blue and crust market in Brazil is coming under strong pressure to reduce prices further, to match the decline in value of the hides being sold by the United States. 

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