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Bolton Footwear, Beier Safety Footwear take over KAP’s footwear and leather divisions
2014 Footwear industry strike
2014 Zambezi Tanners expects to reopen after effluent shutdown
2014 Glyn Giani resigns from footwear training post
Following fire, Reunion Components hopes to be back in production by end March
New plant purchased, and negotiating with other PU plants to produce some orders...more
LANXESS appoints BU LEA products distributors in Southern Africa
Distributors are ACOL Chemicals and Leather Systems SA...more
APLF LTD - How it all began back in 1984
The Origins of the Hong Kong Leather Fair...more
The future is coming, and I don’t like what I see
SA should lead way in making the rest of Africa a world source of footwear...more
Dangee/Carken tie-up
'We’ll be first in fashion footwear'...more
Zimbabwe leather and footwear industries hope for UAE investment
Exotic leather's predicament dealing with environmental image
A brave new world in 2013
There will be new attitudes to globalisation ...more
Process problems in the dyehouse – part 5
Possible process problems that can occur during the dyeing stage...more
Bolwear: New MD outlines strategy
Growing brands will be a central theme...more
Getting fresh blood into this industry is our problem!
It’s difficult for countries which have lost their footwear training institutions to attract young people to the industry...more
Lanxess: Chrome supply ‘secure’
Rustenburg mine so far unaffected by strikes, has ‘at least 6 weeks’ stock to supply tanning salts needs...more
Zendaleather South Africa diversifies to fill plant
Business is where you find it...more
KKI: Biggest threat now is shortage
Concern that farmers not investing in birds for 2013...more
Klein Karoo International in bid to persuade ostrich farmers to restock
Raw meat exports not vital for your survival, KKI tells farmers...more
Ostrich industry needs more research
'For the ostrich industry to survive, it must become less volatile'...more
SAOBC/DAFF: Big gap, but progress
SA Ostrich industry, SA government still far apart on dealing with Avian Influenza...more
Source Africa to launch in April 2013
US government, trade associations back initiative...more
And they will keep on coming
Don't let East or West dominate African market, SA manufacturers told...more
'It's not sensible to try to process sheepskins in SA'
Traders argue there's no domestic market,and foreign markets too distant or too complex to warrant further processing...more
Mario Levi SA: 'At last, a chance to grow'
BMW major part of the mix, but furniture, aftermarket growing...more
AVI buys Green Cross
'Plan is to grow the company, not change it'...more
Process problems in the dyehouse (Part 4)
DTI ring fences all government apparel & footwear needs for local factories
Components must also be local...more
Mario Levi becomes BMW's 4th local leather supplier
Quantities to be confirmed...more
Zenda SA diversifies
Automotive aftermarket leather exports start, footwear upper leather exports planned....more
Fram, Jordan & Wayne to market safety footwear jointly
KAP Industrial Holdings subsidiaries restructure...more
Responsible Care programme
Set up in South Africa in 1994...more
Collective Brands buys Payless brand in SA
Dened buys fellow mini-chain Shoeperama...more
PU gumboots
Wayne Plastics field testing Africa's first PU gumboots...more
SANS ISO 20345
Implementation delayed 'by staff shortage'...more
Bader SA, Seton AutoLeather SA changes
'No intention to downgrade South African subsidiaries'...more
Crocodile farming in SA
NSPCA presses for greater regulation, SACFA accuses it of bias...more
Ostrich leather carrying ostrich industry
Stronger demand helps offset loss of meat exports...more
Ostrich meat
KKI experiments with par-cooked exports...more
Workmen's Compensation Fund
Each case decided on merit, even if PPE not used...more
Andreoli Footwear liquidation
Liquidators suing family for return of trade marks...more
Counterfeit Toughees school shoes
Futura Footwear destroys consignment, promises more of the same...more
Venison/Foot-and-Mouth Disease
SA 'will be lucky' to resume exports by 2013...more
Christmas trading conditions 2011
Chains claim good footwear sales...more
SA leather sector development initiative
Government investigation nears completion...more
National Footwear Tender 2012
Fight for shrinking orders...more
Local production hits 40m pairs, imports 158m
PINETOWN (SA) - It’s official - local footwear manufacturing is on the mend, and last year reached over 40m pairs - nearly two thirds of the size of the industry at its height....more
Orders - even big ones - are not a relationship
This is a time of change. Imports are more difficult and more expensive. Business is tough at retail. Economic and political indicators, from the petrol price to Zimbabwe, are negative....more
United-Fram, SABS resolve test dispute
PRETORIA (SA) – United-Fram Footwear and the SA Bureau of Standards have settled a dispute over testing which had “threatened to undermine United-Fram’s faith in the SABS’ ability to perform tests”, and which potentially also threatened the future of...more
Share offer in new finishing plant
An Ethiopian/Italian consortium is trying to raise 100 million Birr (€ 6.7m) through the sale of shares in a proposed finishing tannery in Ethiopia. They say the facility, Crystal Tannery, will open “shortly”....more
EU ban on SA game meat ‘a crisis’
PRETORIA (SA) – The SA Department of Agriculture was taken “completely unawares” by the European Union’s move to delete the country from its list of approved sources of game meat, according to director: agricultural information services Steve Galane....more
Jet gets SHALC blessing to label ‘bonded leather’ as leather
JOHANNESBURG (SA) – A dispute over leather labeling between Edcon Discount Division’s Jet Stores and the Skins, Hides & Leather Council, ended with Jet agreeing to label according to leather ‘type’ – full grain, split leather, laminated leather or bo...more
Gross & Co: Exports benefit local customers, too
Exporting makes any company more efficient, more responsive, and more consistent, and one of the most important spin-offs is that local customers benefit from this as well. Since Gross & Co is one of the largest exporters of workwear from South Afric...more
Dräger rated top respiratory equipment supplier
Dräger was awarded the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Consumer Award for respiratory protection. This award goes to honour the manufacturer which best fulfils the customer’s needs in respiratory protection concerning the aspects of safety, ease of use, techni...more
Building a culture of safety
When it comes to occupational health and safety in the building industry, Master Builders South Africa's CEO, Pierre Fourie, said it was MBSA's “unqualified belief that all workers deserve a safe working environment”....more
KEETMANSHOOP (Namibia) – Karas Abattoir and Tannery Processors has been sold by the Namibian Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) to Brukarros Meat Processors, a consortium made up of two Namibian groups and two South African companies. The co...more
German company eyes Ethiopian leather industry A well-known German shoe manufacturer, ARA Shoe, has set a plan to get involved in shoe manufacturing and the leather industry in Ethiopia. ...more
MIA - 200 SETS A DAY BY END 2008
UITENHAGE (SA) – Mia Automotive (Pty) Ltd, the automotive upholstery sewing plant opened as an equal joint venture between Mario Levi S.p.A. and Allied Trim Components (Pty) Ltd in September, is in a pre-production phase, a spokesman said, and expect...more
Flame retardant materials: Buying you time
Did you know… The main hazards in a fire are the toxic products of combustion, especially in confined spaces such as buildings, vehicles, etc. ...more
GABERONE (Botswana) – Tannery Industries Botswana, the bovine leather tannery which was set up last year with a view to beneficiating wet blue hides from the nearby Botswana Meat Commission wet blue plant, expects to start delivering to South African...more
Gumboots are a surprisingly diverse group of products, and selection is not always a straightforward process. Almost all gumboots sold in SA are locally made, and there are now six mainstream manufacturers. Imports have not, so far, been successful, ...more
Leather footwear: Gearing up for the big time
The South African leather safety footwear market is much smaller, in pairage terms, than the gumboot market – about 2.4m pairs/year as opposed to about 4m – but in most other ways, leather is the dominant part of the safety footwear industry. By valu...more
LANXESS buys out Dow Chemical´s share in CISA, strengthens commitment to South Africa operations.
JOHANNESBURG (SA) – Chemicals group Lanxess is purchasing the chrome chemicals activities of The Dow Chemical Company in South Africa. Lanxess is to acquire the 50% interest in Chrome International South Africa (CISA), in Newcastle, which The Dow Che...more
How to make friends and influence people (at least about their feet)
Anette Thompson, practicing podiatrist, chair of the SA Podiatry Association’s sub-committee on footwear, consultant to the SA Footwear and Leather Industries Association, and a member of Michelle Footwear’s research, development and marketing team, ...more
DURBAN (SA) – The SA Footwear and Leather Export Council (SAFLEC) is to approach the DTI to reconsider sponsoring a national pavilion at the Moda Footwear show in Birmingham....more



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