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2016 S&V Newsletter No 04, February 1

S&V Footwear and Leather Goods / S&V African Leather


Management changes at NFLC

Vanderbijlpark (SA) – There have been 2 management changes at the National Footwear & Leather Cluster (NFLC).
In December, Eddels CEO John Comley was elected interim board chairman.
In January, Ernest Heunis, chairman of the Skin, Hide & Leather Council (SHALC), was appointed acting executive director of the NFLC. This is a new position.


Adwear George closes

George (SA) – PPE, workwear and uniform distributor Adwear George closed at the end of January, proprietor Helen Fitzmaurice said. She gave no reasons.



Arena Trims moves

Pinetown (SA) – Upper and insole manufacturer Arena Trims has moved to new premises at 12 Sugarbush Crescent, Mahogany Ridge, off Stockville Road in Westmead. The phone numbers remain unchanged.
Sales & marketing manager Joelene Chetty said the new premises were not only bigger, but were on 1 level and in 1 building.
Previously, Arena occupied 5 adjacent mini-factories, some with mezzanine floors.


Registrations open for CLE’s India Leather & Footwear Expo in Cape Town next month

Cape Town (SA) – India, being touted as a successor to China as a global footwear and leather goods supplier, will hold a Footwear, Leather Goods/Accessories, Leather Garments and Finished Leather Trade Expo on March 8 and 9 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE), functioning under the aegis of India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry, will bring 30 leading leather and non-leather footwear, leather garments, leather goods manufacturers. Products will include fashion footwear, safety footwear, belts, wallets, gloves, travel bags, portfolios, safety gloves, and finished leather.
“These reputable manufacturers are all members of the Council for Leather Exports (CLE) India, who will also be present at the show to provide invaluable assistance and information to South African businesses regarding sourcing from India,” organiser Deidre Harte said.
“There’s something of interest here for anyone involved in the industry – chains to independents, importers and distributors to commission agents.”
Visitors are invited to pre-register your visit on-line at today and receive the following on arrival:
* Free entrance - collect your badge at the Visitor Registration Desk * A show catalogue listing all participants and their contact details * Complimentary tea/coffee and pastries in the business lounge area in the hall.
For further information, contact the local show organiser – LTE – leaders in trade exhibitions on Tel: +27 21 790 5849, Email:



ISPO: Full House

MUnich (Germany) – More than 80 000 visitors – 87% foreign – from 120 countries came to ISPO Munich, the world’s largest sports business exhibition, held from January 24 to 27, organisers said. Visitor numbers increased from Italy, Switzerland and Austria, with a large number of visitors from Russia and Ukraine. The number of exhibitors also increased, from 2 585 to 2 645.
The entire 180 000 m² of exhibition space, covering 16 exhibition halls, was fully booked.
Klaus Dittrich, CEO and chairman of Messe München, said: “Following the challenging pre-Christmas sales conditions the mood was definitely better than expected. The plethora of innovations and new products presented at ISPO Munich further strengthened the confidence of the industry to be able to weather the latest challenges presented by climate and market structure changes.”


ABSA Agri Trends 22/01: Hides & skins prices

The average hide price traded slightly higher over the past week at R13,79/kg green due to currency fluctuations. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. The average price for Dorper skins traded lower at R82.50/skin and Merino also traded lower at R79.79/skin.

Hide & skin price progression
Date Hides/Kg Dorper/Skin Merino Skin
27/11 13.11 78.75 71.11
15/01 13.45 83.13 84.89



They Said It

"Don’t know that we’ll ever match up to Corrida in size, but we sure as hell can try. David killed Goliath and if we find the right partners we can certainly equal their sales! Ha, ha. No, I like to set people like Tsonga and Groundcover as a benchmark for my aspirations. It’s a good and honourable goal to achieve before we are too old, and so little time left and still so, so very much to do." - Craig Davidson of Davidson Cobblers-Bespoke on hush-hush plans which will be ready to launch in about a month’s time.



Durban (SA) – Rudolph ‘Rudi’ Geyser, former MD of EVA Industries, died yesterday of complications following surgery. He was 78. An obituary will follow in the next issue of S&V Footwear and Leather Goods.


Birthdays this week

01/02/1934: Con Barnard, retired, formerly Stanhope Boot & Shoe, Pinetown.
01/02/1969: Noeline Kemp, Knots, Bloemfontein.
02/02/1946: Chris Schroeder, retired, formerly PMC Group, Pinetown.
02/02/1931: Gordon Singh, retired, formerly Monique Shoes, Pietermaritzburg.
02/02/1941: George Geyser, Dancewell, Durban.
02/02/1965: Rod Oliveira, Rodrigo Shoes, Durban.
03/02/1963: Vusumzi Mabuto, NULAW, Port Elizabeth.
03/02/1965: Grant Daniel, Mendelson Frost, Johannesburg.
04/02/1947: David Buckingham, retired, formerly Royal Adhesives, Pinetown.
06/02/1964: Wouter Joubert, TFG Apparel Supply Co, Cape Town.
06/02/1971: Carel Pretorius, Pep, Cape Town..


In Memoriam this week

03/02/1977: Ismail Adam Moosajee (b. 28/08/1927), Seltex, Johannesburg..


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