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Mossop Leather: Big opportunities for local manufacturing

Published: 22nd May 2020
Author: Gert Kruger; CEO Mossop Leather

Mossop\'s Wellington plant... Long-term relationships are a key element.

Wellington, W Cape, SA - One has to acknowledge that the remainder of 2020 will be very tough.  Liquidity in the industry will be the largest challenge we face and all of us have to act responsibly to our customers and suppliers in this regard.   There is vast uncertainty about the medium term future and shoe manufacturers will continue to take a very cautious approach in this environment.  Within this context, Mossop will position itself to continue to provide exceptional service, product and support to all our partners in the shoe and leathergoods industries.  Mossop has for some time now moved beyond traditional supplier/customer relationships and has steadily built long term partnerships with key manufacturers and suppliers in our value chain.  
Longer term we believe that the structural changes that will take place in the South African economy will benefit local manufacturing.  Therefore, we believe that by mid-2021 the larger manufacturing landscape in South Africa should benefit from on-shoring of product, provided our value chain can prove its ability in providing consumer product that is relevant to our market.  This is a challenge all of us have to take on and analyse properly to understand our readiness to respond to this opportunity, despite the difficulties of seeing through the haze of Covid-19.
The exchange rate is also a factor, at least for now. Our export business is ongoing and growing.  Our customers know what our currency has done, and expect keener pricing, but overall it is an opportunity in the short term, and perhaps for longer to grow our export volumes. One has to bear in mind that most of our chemicals and some of our hides are imported.
        The exchange rate also means that, even though our prices will have to increase, local leather will be cheaper than the equivalent imported leather.

Alan D. Jackson: Customers still have stock

Published: 22nd May 2020
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor
Durban, KZN, SA - Morgan Naidoo, member of leather indent agent Alan D. Jackson, which has principals in Brazil, India and Pakistan, said most of his customers still had stocks of leather.
He said the global drop in hide prices had seen the prices for Brazilian leather drop from US$2.45-2.50/ft² to $2.10, "which is a significant difference", but he said the Rand's fall meant that the landed price was very close to local leathers.
"Customers who know the quality of the Brazilian leather will still buy it," he said, "but certainly business is very difficult right now."
Alan D. Jackson sells only leather, but he said he would consider importing other footwear components.

Bader: Business is hard to find

Published: 22nd May 2020
Author: Robert OConnell
Pretoria, Gauteng, SA - Unfortunately orders on the automotive side are nonexistent, and with Brazilian TR1s being offered at 0.35US$/ft², even export orders on wet blues are hard to come by and to compete with.
 
The majority of the wet blue plants were wet salting during the lockdown phase with the prospect of being able to process the hides at a later stage.

Fusion Leather/African Gameskin: Extraordinary ideas and opportunities

Published: 22nd May 2020
Author: Denzil Spolander; Fusion Leather MD

Cape Town, W Cape, SA - Lockdown has in some crazy way been a hugely inspirational period for the Fusion Leather and African Gameskin team.

The challenge of new and unknown, sparks energy in my team and leads to extraordinary thinking. 
We are in regular contact with our customers, carving a path for the near future, along with an 18 month strategy. Many of our customers are champing at the bit to get going with new ideas and markets in the online space.
Exports from African Gameskin has been promising over the past 2 weeks and an interesting opportunity with a prominent international brand for Fusion.
Suddenly R18.50 = $1 allows for South African competitiveness.
Fusion has an interesting product offering ex Durban Warehouse in August/September, while African Gameskin launch an Eco Leather range in June.
In the words of Warren Buffet...When the masses are fearful, be greedy and when the masses are greedy, be fearful. My wish is for our industry to find the opportunities that will present in the coming months and pounce.

UNIDO offers free online leather-related courses

Published: 22nd May 2020
Vienna, Austria - The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), through its ITC SME Trade Academy, is offering 2 free online courses.
In a circular, industrial development officer Ivan Kral wrote:
 
As in many countries social life and productive activities are on very low level, I would like to draw your attention to online courses available organized by ITC Academy. There are many courses which could be useful for users.
Among others are e.g.:
1. Standards and Technical Requirements for the Leather Industry
2. Fashion Design for International Markets
Courses are free and fully on-line, so very convenient for this challenging time
 
Standards and technical requirements for the leather industry
 
Course description
Aimed at senior managers and technical representatives working for leather and leather product producers, this course is designed to showcase the essential standards and technical requirements for export into the major leather world markets. 
Beginning with a description of the importance of standards in the international leather business, it moves on to discuss the demands of major standards and technical requirements, including REACH and ZDHL. Finally, it concludes by presenting guidelines, control measures and testing procedures necessary to comply with these standards, thus helping leather and leather product producers prepare for certification. 
NOTE: We recommend using the latest version of the Chrome or Safari browsers to ensure an optimal experience viewing the lectures.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
* Establish a consensus around the need to meet international leather production standards;
* Understand the relevant standards and link their requirements to the leather production process; and
* Determine actions to implement quality control measures to comply with standards and technical requirements such as REACH and ZDHL.
 
Course certification
Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.
 
Course structure
Lecture 1: The Importance of Standards in the International Leather Business
Lecture 2: Standards and Leather Production Methods
Lecture 3: The Leather Certification Process
Time required: 4 hours over 2 weeks
Next start date: 27, Jul 2020
Course access: Open for enrolment
Course fee: Free of charge
 
Fashion design for international markets
 
Course description
This course explores the fundamentals of product and collection design within the context of the global fashion and textile industry, with a view to helping business owners, production managers and product designers consider these aspects in their product and collection planning for international markets. It explores the uses of colour, texture, and patterns within the context of individual pieces, as well as a collection as a whole in order to guide participants to develop the basic skills required for successful fashion design. 
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
* Articulate the elements involved in creating a strong design vision;
* Apply colour and surface texture design principles; and
* Identify the key steps in product and collection planning.
 
NOTE: We recommend using the latest version of the Chrome or Safari browsers to ensure an optimal experience viewing the lectures.
Course certification
Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.
 
Course structure
Lecture 1: Design Fundamentals for Business
Lecture 2: Colour and Surface Texture in Design
Lecture 3: Product Development Planning
Time required: 4 hours over 2 weeks
Next start date: 03, Aug 2020
Course access: Open for enrolment
 
Course fee: Free of charge
 
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