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World Leather Podcast

World Leather Podcast

By Stephen Tierney
News and in-depth discussion from the team at World Leather magazine.
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Scottish Leather Group and its new initiative: ‘Sustainable By Nature’

World Leather Podcast

Scottish Leather Group and its new initiative: ‘Sustainable By Nature’

World Leather Podcast

Leather Leaders: Episode Five - Andreas Kindermann
Since 2008, Andreas Kindermann has been chief executive of Wollsdorf Leather, a specialist producer of leather for steering-wheels, furniture upholstery and aircraft interiors, with its headquarters in Austria. He steered the company back to growth following the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, opened sewing and cutting plants in China and Croatia, established or redeveloped sales offices in Hong Kong, Uruguay and the US, and, in 2019, established a new tannery and leather cutting facility in Mexico. He led Wollsdorf to victory in the Global Tannery of the Year award in 2014. He was elected president of COTANCE, the leather industry’s main representative body in the European Union, in 2018.
August 22, 2020
Scottish Leather Group and its new initiative: ‘Sustainable By Nature’
On launching a new sustainability initiative in June 2020, Scottish Leather Group (SLG) made public six commitments that it says will help it establish a “a zero-impact, sustainable manufacturing platform for leather”. 
July 6, 2020
Leather Leaders: Jon Clark
Tanning group PrimeAsia has leather manufacturing facilities in Huangjiang in China and in Ba Ria-Vung Tau in Vietnam. These tanneries have a combined production capacity of around 11 million square-feet of finished lifestyle and athletic leather per year, which the group supplies to dozens of global footwear brands. In this interview, chief executive, Jon Clark, offers some reflections on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on PrimeAsia’s operations and on the wider leather industry.
June 8, 2020
In late 2019, the president of Portugal’s main leather industry body, APIC, Nuno Carvalho, published an article in the main national newspaper strenuously defending the industry against unfair criticism over environmental standards at its main production centre, Alcanena. He felt the days of simply waiting for troubles to pass over had to come to an end. Mr Carvalho discusses the circumstances that led to this action in this, the second in our series of Leather Leaders discussions.
April 29, 2020
Leather and the coronavirus
A discussion among  members of the World Leather team over the impacts the coronavirus or Covid-19 outbreak had had on the global leather industry by mid-March 2020.
March 15, 2020
How changes in meat consumption will affect the leather sector
Reflections on ‘Veganuary’ and meat substitutes and how they could affect leather production in the years ahead.
January 31, 2020
Leather Leaders: Jonathan Muirhead
The first in a new series of in-depth interviews with visionary industry leaders is a conversation with the honorary chairman of the Scottish Leather Group.
January 14, 2020
World Leather Podcast - episode two
In this second edition of World Leather’s new podcast series, the team examines in depth the announcement from Tuscan exotic leather manufacturer A&A that it will launch “a tanning system with zero environmental impact” within a year. Taking part are the magazine’s technical editor, Mat Abbott, and associate editor, Shari Shallard, talking to editor, Stephen Tierney.
December 13, 2019
World Leather Podcast - episode one
An introduction to an important section that we'll start publishing in World Leather from 2020. Taking part are editor, Stephen Tierney, and deputy editor, Clare Grainger.
November 29, 2019
World Leather podcast
News and conversation from World Leather magazine, the global leather industry's most authoritative publication.
November 27, 2019