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S&V Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 No.12, March 27, 2017

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BASF leather chemicals business to become part of Stahl Group

Announcement from BASF
Ludwigshafen (Germany) – BASF and Stahl signed an agreement on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to combine BASF’s leather chemicals business with Stahl Group. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and the closing is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2017.
        Under the terms of the agreement, BASF will receive a 16% minority stake in the Stahl Group. Furthermore, BASF will supply significant volumes of leather chemicals to Stahl under mid to long-term supply agreements. The transaction comprises BASF’s global leather chemicals business, as well as the leather chemicals production site in L’Hospitalet, Spain. Around 210 positions globally are in the scope of the transaction, of which about 110 are in Asia.
        “This partnership is the right step for BASF’s successful leather chemicals business,” says Michael Heinz, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. “With complementary strengths, BASF and Stahl are creating a leading company in leather chemicals with a strong focus on innovation.”
        “Our customers will benefit as together we can leverage unparalleled strength in production, technical expertise, innovation and sustainability along the entire leather-making value chain,” says Dr. Christian Fischer, President Performance Chemicals.



Busby to shut Nine West and Mango

According to a report in Business Day on March 23, the House of Busby Group will close all free-standing Nine West and Mango stores by the end of this month.
It quoted head of marketing Leane Adolph as saying the group was altering its portfolio to match domestic needs.
        “The company regularly reviews the portfolio’s performance and relevance to market and decided to move the Mango business into the store-in-store concept within Edgars. Similarly, with Nine West, we will keep a wholesale presence [for handbags] in the SA market through Edgars,” she said.
        The House of Busby owns the exclusive rights to both Mango and Nine West. The Nine West licence was acquired in 1999 and, until recently, had 13 stand-alone stores throughout the country. Nine West sells footwear, handbags, eyewear and accessories.
        The Mango licence was acquired in 2006 and there were nine stand-alone stores in SA. Mango now has 35 store-in-stores in Edgars stores nationwide. Mango sells apparel and accessories. Adolph said that rumours of Busby coming under business rescue were untrue, adding it was not expected that there would be any job losses as a result of the decision to close shop for the brands as affected staff would be accommodated within the group’s structures.



Wage negotiations: Dates set

Durban (SA) – The dates for the first rounds of this year’s wage negotiations have been set, according to the National Bargaining Council of the Leather Industry of SA.
        The first round of the Tanning section will be held in Port Elizabeth on April 11 and 12, followed by the Footwear section in Durban on April 20 and 21, and the General Goods & Handbags section in Cape Town on April 25 and 26.


Portuguese exports up

Portugal’s footwear exports reached 81.6 million pairs last year, manufacturers association APICCAPS says, 3.2% up on 2015.
        The main destinations for Portuguese footwear are France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, but exports to other markets grew, including China (+9.7%), New Zealand (12.8%) and the United States (+13.6%).
        Portugal exports more than 95% of its production.



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A bit of Directory history

Nick Bryant, of A Greenaways and ProFit Safety Footwear, sent in this photo with the note: My father still uses this! No idea how old it would be…
        It dates back to 1986 or 1987, Nick – when I first went on my own. I commend your father on the way he’s looked after it.



Birthdays this week

27/03/1952: Mike Conradie, Foot Focus group, Durban.
27/03/1958: Tony Parkes, Futura Footwear, Pinetown.
28/03/1963: Brett Momberg, Little Slipper, Port Elizabeth.
28/03/1964: Pooan Archary, Paragon Footwear, Pietermaritzburg.
28/03/1968: Ismail Gathoo, Esquire, Bethlehem.
28/03/1986: Mohomed Adam, Seadoone Shoes, Amanzimtoti.
29/03/1949: Jose Alves, Unikem, Pinetown.
29/03/1955: Dennis Manning, emigrated, formerly Trenzado Footwear.
29/03/1963: Kosi Cooppan, Majenta Shoes, Durban.
29/03/1974: Julian Zuluaga, formerly Bata SA, Pinetown.
30/03/1946: Sarel Broodryk, retired, formerly Exotan, Port Elizabeth.
31/03/1975: Imraam Essop, Baby Luv, Springs.
31/03/1986: Nazir Mahomed, Power Save Cash & Carry, Mpumalanga.
01/04/1960: Steve Hildebrand, agent, Pinetown.
01/04/1967: Peter Jönsson, formerly TFL SA and others, Johannesburg.
01/04/1969: Jenny Hopkins, agent, Port Elizabeth.
01/04/1973: Rennie Thambiran, Borage Trading, Pinetown.
02/04/1969: Chris Govender, formerly Bugatti [closed], now Evoné, Pietermaritzburg.
02/04/1970: Gerhard Rossouw, CG Distributors, Paarl.
02/04/1974: Shaheen Hoosen, Kana’s Wholesalers, Pretoria.


In Memoriam this week

28/03/2011: Brian Berger (b. 25/12/1963), Armadillo Footwear, Johannesburg.
28/03/2015: Colin Grecia (b. 29/12/1964), Classic Components, Pinetown.
29/03/2008: Jeff Bub (b. 28/09/1942), In Shoes/In Clothing [closed], Cape Town.
31/03/2016: Peter Edmeades (b. 19/07/1950), Rebel Safety Gear, Germiston.
01/04/2001: John Rider, Colin D Bailey/BU Shoe Machinery, Pinetown.
01/04/2002: Paul Moeller (b. 20/07/1931), PMC Group, Cape Town.

Do you have any names you’d like to add to our list of birthdays and In Memoriam? Please send the details.



ABSA Agri Trends 24/03: Hides & skins prices

The average bovine hide price over the past week was R14.13/kg green. Hide prices are determined by the average of RMAA and independent companies. “The recent strength of the currency and pressure from the demand side has been adding pressure on prices. There may also be stocks still sitting from December, which further add pressure on prices.”
        The average price for Dorper skins was R45.27/skin and Merino was R94.45/skin.

Hide & skin price progression
Date Hides/Kg Dorper/Skin Merino Skin
19/01 15.34 45.56 81.38
24/01 15.17 40.92 89.52
31/01 15.10 46.00 94.55
14/02 14.65 47.33 95.29
15/03 14.25 39.30 78.75


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