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Local leather industry responds to China’s 14th Five-Year Plan

Local leather industry responds to China's 14th Five-Year Plan
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How the Chinese leather industry will respond to the government’s 14th Five-Year Plan for the country, effective 2021 to 2025, after the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) released its “Guiding Opinion”, the local leather industry journal Beijing Leather has published its key takeaway from the document.

Guided by the country’s president, Xi Jinping’s approach to socialism “with Chinese characteristics”, the publication identified eight main development goals set by CLIA on behalf of the wider industry, to be achieved by 2025 (and, therefore, the start of the next five-year plan period). The eight goals are as follows: increased production efficiency, improved technological innovation, advanced brand-building, optimised export stability, improved “green” manufacturing, accelerated construction of industrial clusters, ongoing improvement of digital capabilities and increased stability or retention of the workforce.

On brand-building, in particular, enhanced industry-wide standardisation and the increased adoption of international leatherworking standards from 92% to 95% were both called for. Moreover, the need to communicate the quality of Chinese leather both internally and beyond the nation’s borders was singled out as one path to cultivating “a number” of well-known brands inside China, plus “three to five” internationally influential leather brands. Regarding “green” manufacturing and “cleaner” leather production, the journal cited CLIA as recommending a 10% increase in the rate of water reuse within tanneries. The intention to build between four and six demonstration projects for the disposal or effective utilisation of chromium-containing leather waste and scrap across the country was also revealed.

Leather footwear manufacturing was highlighted as another area for “greener” improvement, including a strategic increase in the use of water-based and hot-melt adhesives during production and a measurable reduction in the emission of volatile organic compounds during the shoe-making process. Elsewhere in the document, challenges the industry expects to face throughout the five-year duration of the plan were listed.

|Source: Online/SZK

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