AIICA, the Spanish Leather Research Centre, presents the Life Tannins Project
AIICA has developed a LIFE project with the aim of preventing exploitation of forests by obtaining tanning extract from grape pips through the recovery of waste product of the wine industry. More information can be found on the project web site.
UNIC publishes "101 Standards Translated"
Correspondance between Italian and international standards in 6 languages
The 74-page publication aims at offering businesses concrete help about the correspondence between different international and national test methods, which are often prone to ambiguity. In particular the following standards were examined : IULTCS, ISO, CEN, UNI, DIN, BSI, AFNOR, AENOR, ASTM and JSA.
ICPI joins GERIC
On 1st March 2007 GERIC Members expressed unanimously their agreement to enlarge the Grouping to embrace ICPI as a new full member.
ICPI is the Romanian Institute that hosts the domestic Leather Technology Centre. Led by its Director, Mrs Luminita Albu, it has collaborated with GERIC Institutes for the last decade in a number of EU sponsored projects notably in the field of sectoral education and training. ICPI produced the Romanian version of the EUREKA Glossary of Leather Terms and is currently participating as Romanian partner in the CTIC led EU project ONE LEATHER TRAINING in the framework of the EU Leonardo Programme. During the last ten years ICPI has also served as a bridge to the Romanian Leather Industry providing COTANCE assistance in liaising with its representatives and organizing Workshops and Conferences in the framework of the PERFECT-LINK Project (EU Phare BSP Programme) and in the context of the EU Social Dialogue facilitating the Social Partners of the Romanian Leather Industry to assuming their respective roles in the development of the Leather sector.
ICPI is located in Bucharest and is fitted with Laboratories for Leather Research and performing all kind of physical and chemical testing for the Tanning industry. Romanian leather research is particularly successful in the application of results in the area of gelatin and collagen with the development of cosmetic and medical uses.
ICPI thus becomes GERIC’s first member in Eastern Europe. ICPI’s accession is an asset for the Grouping as it reaches out to the learned society in new EU member States. It is also and foremost an advantage for the Romanian Leather Industry that has gained through ICPI a channel of communication to the combined wealth of Leather Science developed by Europe’s Leather Technology Centres.
ASOAC - COTANCE Position Statement - June 2006
(Original French – unofficial translation)
Regarding taxes and restrictions to exports of raw hides and skins, and wet-blue, as well as customs duties on leather imports
The Leather industries of Europe and Western Africa, represented by their respective umbrella associations COTANCE and ASOAC, jointly declare their disapproval regarding the implementation of taxes and other restrictions on the export of hides and skins, and wet-blue leather, by an increasing number of countries where the tanning industry has already sufficiently developed so as to conquer an important part of the international leather trade.
COTANCE Position Statement on the WTO trade round (DDA)
COTANCE Council meeting - Bologna, 20 April 2006
Meeting in Bologna for the COTANCE Spring Council, the representatives of Italy (UNIC), Spain (CEC-FECUR), Germany (VDL), France (FFTM), Sweden (SG), United Kingdom (UK Leather Federation), Netherlands (FNL), Belgium (UNITAN) and Hungary (BCE) reviewed the progress in the current WTO trade negotiations and expressed concern over the risks that the DDA may not yield the expected benefits for the Leather trade & industry.
They call on the sector’s global stakeholders to value the merits of a sectoral trade deal based on the principles conveyed in their COTANCE 2001 Position and to request their Governments to hammer out in Geneva negotiating modalities that can implement them.
World trade in the leather sector represents US$ 46 billion ranking among the most important internationally traded commodities .
Tariff and Non-Tariff Barriers on imports and exports of the sector’s products constitute an enormous cost handicap for the Leather industry worldwide, consuming resources that could be better allocated in increasing wealth in the Leather industry. They distort adversely global trade flows and interfere critically in the pricing of supplies causing irreparable damage to the Leather industry’s structures in rich and poor nations.