Saturday, February 24, 2018

Maulana Azad's 60th death anniversary observed


Maulana Azad’s 60th death anniversary observed

New Delhi: A function was held on the occasion of 20th death anniversary of the first Education Minister of Independent India Bharat Ratna, Maulana Azad at his mausoleum near Jama Masjid, Meena Bazaar, Delhi by the ICCR.
Vinay Prabhakar Sahasrabuddhe, the ICCR Chairman, stated that that even today, 60 years after his death, Maulana is the right choice for the Nobel Peace Prize as he spent all his life joining lacerated hearts and hurt souls.
Firoz Bakht Ahmed, noted social worker Azad grandnephew, said that India needs politicians of the stature of Azad whose knowledge in philosophy, Islamic ideology and Indian culture was encyclopedic. Bakht who was in Pune at Azam Campus deliver an extension lecture on Maulana, lamented that no key leader from the state and central government attended the death anniversary function of Maulana Azad who was such a towering personality.

Extension lecture at Azam Campus, Pune
Riva Ganguly, the director ICCR told that, that though born in a predominantly Hindu environment, Azad was bold enough to propagate nationalism to Muslims at variance with the prevalent political consciousness based on communalised politics.
Khwaja Iftekhar Ahmed , Chairman Inter-faith Harmony Foundation of India, said that Maulana Azad focused on education. After the formation of the government, he chose the portfolio of education so as to pay attention to girls’ education especially Muslims. Khwaja said Azad's writings must be made popular in today's media as he spoke of communal concord and his watchword was assimilation at all levels.
As the Canadian Prime Minister was to visit Jama Masjid, the function was shortened. Meanwhile, the floral tributes from the President and Vice President, were laid on the shrine The Vice President sent a message that Maulana Azad's greatest claim to fame, no doubt, was his effort to preserve India's unity as an undivided nation. He failed, but that was because he got no support from his compatriots.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Chennai Leather Market - February 2018

CHENNAI LEATHER MARKET
V M Khaleelur Rahman

Chennai leather market is almost normal in tanned goat skins. Exporters of footwear are showing interest mostly for 4/6 sq. ft. Fifths and Inferior Fifths at around Rs.75 and 65 per sq. ft. respectively. Demand for Run selection is meagre at around Rs.90 per sq. ft. Suede, Lining, Rejection and Langda selections are also slow in movements. Prices available for them in 4/6 sq. ft. size are at around Rs.40, 33, 12 and 9 per sq. ft. respectively. Tanners are not able to make money. They complain the present market is not workable at all. It has to be noted that they have to pay Rs.15 per sq. ft. as tanning expenses for converting raw skins to tanned skins. They suffer heavy losses in selling their Rejection and Langda.

As far as raw goat skins are concerned, prevailing prices are between Rs.50 and 200/- per piece depending on area, quality, size and selection.

Tanners are quoting as follows:

E.I. Tannd Goat Skins:

3/5 sq. ft. Run Rs.95, Fifths Rs.80, Inf. Fifths Rs.70 and LIF Rs.60
4/6 sq. ft. Run Rs.90, Fifths Rs.75, Inf. Fifths Rs.65 and LIF Rs.55
4/6 sq. ft. Suede Rs.40 and Stout Suede Rs.44
4/6 sq. ft. Lining Rs.35 and 5/7 Lining Rs.38
Rejection Rs.13 and Langda Rs.10
All prices are per sq. ft.

Export Business

It is learnt that some big exporters are able to sell their upper and lining leathers at around US $ 2.25 and 1.75 per sq. ft. respectively but small exporters find it difficult to market their goods in the world market due to limited demand and heavy competition by foreign exporters. However Indian exporters are endeavouring their best to market their products which are world class in quality. Japanese customers have started showing interest for goat, sheep and cow leathers. Many Chennai based exporters have made offers to them. Market is expected to pick up slowly. It is hoped that the Rs.2600 crore package announced by the government for the leather and footwear sector will benefit the leather industry which is in a bad shape now.

Offers of exporters are at around the following prices:

                                      S/C OR F/C GOAT LEATHERS

Material
Size/sq. ft.
Substance
Selection
Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F
Goat upper leather
 4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
ABC/DE
2.40/1.85
Goat milled leather
4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
1.75
Goat suede leather
4/7
5/8
0.6/0.8 mm
0.6/0.8 mm
All Suede
2.10
2.20
Goat lining leather

4/7
0.5/0.7 mm
TR-1
1.75
6/9
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
1.85
                                                       
                                   F/C SHEEP LEATHERS
Material
Size/sq.ft.
Substance
Selection
Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F
Sheep Cabretta leather
4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
ABC
2.10
Sheep Cabretta leather
6/9
0.8/1.00 mm
ABC
2.25
Sheep lining leather
4/7
5/9
0.5/0.7 mm
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
TR-1
1.70
1.80

4/6 sq. ft. All Suede JY 200, LIF Suede JY 170 and Rejection Suede JY 115
6/9 sq. ft. All Suede JY 210, LIF Suede JY 180 and Rejection Suede JY 125

IILF 2018 at Chennai

The leather industry is eagerly looking forward to the 33rd edition of India International Leather Fair to be held from 1st to 3rd February 2018 at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, Chennai. As usual many leading national and international companies, producing leather, leather products, chemicals, machinery etc., are participating in it exhibiting their latest products. It will have on display the entire range of products from raw materials to finished products. No doubt it will provide necessary guidelines to the leather industry to march forward by increasing production and export.

(Writer’s e-mail id: vmk1234@yahoo.com)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Chennai Leather Market - January 2018

CHENNAI LEAHER MARKET

V. M. Khaleelur Rahman

In the Chennai leather market activities were slow due to Christmas and New Year holidays. As usual big shoe and leather exporters operated in the market. They bought E.I. Tanned Goat Skins 5/6 sq. ft. Fifth at around Rs.75, Inf. Fifth at around Rs.65 and 4/6 sq. ft. R/V/IF/LIF combined at around Rs.60 per sq. ft. However quantities sold were not much.There was some demand for tanned goat shoe  suedes at around Rs.42 and garment suedes at around Rs.40 per sq. ft.  Rejection and Langda were slow in movements.

In raw skin centres throughout the country prices continue to be erratic and selling is not easy for goat as well as sheep skins. Only top grades were of interest to tanners at different prices depending on quality and selection. Generally speaking in Centres like Miraj raw goat skins were quoted at around Rs.150 whereas in other Centres like Hyderabad and Vijayawada the price was at around Rs.50 per piece. There were no takers for Rejections.

As far as export is concerned only reputed tanners were able to sell small quantities in 4/6 sq. ft. upper leathers at around US$ 2.20 and lining leathers at around US$ 1.65 per sq. ft.

Tanners and leather exporters feel and demand that there should be no restrictions on the export of any sort of skin in the present difficult times. In their opinion it is the only way to save the leather industry from further collapse. However exporters of leather products do not seem to endorse this stand except some.

Quotations are as follows:
E.I. Tanned Goat Skins

Grain selection : 5/7 sq. ft. Run/V Rs.90, V Rs.75, IF Rs.65 and LIF Rs.55
Suede selection: 5/6 sq. ft. Rs.43 and 4/6 sq. ft. Rs.41
Lining selection: 5/7 sq. ft. Rs.40 and 4/6 sq. ft. Rs.35
Mesh selection: 5/8 sq. ft. Rs.31,
all prices per sq.ft. 

Quotations of Exporters:

4/6 sq. ft. All Suede JY 190, LIF Suede JY 160 and Rejection Suede JY 110
6/9 sq. ft. All Suede JY 200, LIF Suede JY 170 and Rejection Suede JY 120 per sq. ft. 

                            S/C OR F/C GOAT LEATHERS
Material
Size/sq. ft.
Substance
Selection
Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F
Goat upper leather
 4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
ABC
2.25
Goat milled leather
4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
1.70
Goat suede leather
4/6
0.6/0.8 mm
All Suede

1.80
Goat lining leather
4/7
0.5/0.7 mm
TR-1
1.65
6/9
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
1.75


                        F/C SHEEP LEATHERS

Material
Size/sq.ft.
Substance
Selection
Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F
Sheep Cabretta leather
4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
ABC
1.90
Sheep Cabretta leather
6/9
0.8/1.00 mm
ABC
2.00
Sheep lining leather
4/7
5/8
0.5/0.7 mm
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
TR-1
1.60
1.70


Overseas customers are very choosy in their operations. While European and Japanese importers are very slow in purchases, Chinese and Hong Kong buyers are somewhat active.  But prices available are low and unworkable to exporters. However it is expected that in the current year 2018 things would be better for tanners and exporters who are now struggling for survival.

(Writer’s e-mail id: vmk1234@yahoo.com)









                                                                                                                                                                




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Chennai Leather Market - December 2017

                                              CHENNAI LEATHER MARKET

V M Khaleelur Rahman

Activities in the Chennai leather market are almost normal and the routine business in tanned goat skins particularly in higher selections and better lining selection are going on. While 3/5 sq. ft. Run is sold at around Rs.80, 5/7 sq. ft. A lining is sold at around Rs.45 per sq. ft.

There seems to be some increased demand for Rejection and Langda at around Rs.15 per sq. ft. and Rs.120 per kg respectively. Customers from Agra, Kanpur and Mumbai bought these items recently.
 Cow and buffalo leathers, pull outs in multi-colours, were sold in small quantities, at prices ranging from Rs.25 to 30 per sq. ft. Some better selections fetched higher prices.

It is reported that North Indian product manufacturers bought cow and goat upper and lining leathers at different prices as per quality and grade.

The present day show of the leather industry in Tamil Nadu is mainly because of big shoe factories situated in places like Ambur.  The shoe manufacturers have been successful in keeping their units functioning well and getting export contracts from overseas customers with their best efforts as otherwise the condition of the industry would have been worse and thousands of employees would have been out of jobs.

Export Business

As regards export business, it is said that some big exporters have fetched good orders in goat upper and lining leathers recently at around prices US$ 2.30 and 1.70 per sq. ft. respectively. However the hard fact is that leather exporters are struggling to survive in the export business as getting orders has become a Himalayan task mainly because of heavy competitions from exporters of our neighbouring countries like China, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Tanners’ Quotations are as follows:

E.I. Tanned Goat Skins

Grain selection : 5/7 sq. ft. Run Rs.90 V Rs.70, IF Rs.60 and LIF Rs.50
Suede selection:  4/6 sq. ft. Rs.46
Lining selection: 4/6 sq. ft. Rs.44, 5/7 sq. ft. Rs.48 and 5/7 A grade lining Rs.52
Mesh selection: 5/8 sq. ft. Rs.32 per sq. ft.

Prices of raw goat and sheep skins continue to be erratic in raw skin centres throughout the country. There are no takers for lower selections at any price.

Quotations of Exporters are as follows:
                 
                     S/C OR F/C GOAT LEATHERS
Material
Size/sq. ft.
Substance
Selection
Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F
Goat upper leather
 4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
ABC/DE
2.15/1.65
Goat milled leather
4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
TR-2
1.75
1.60
Goat suede leather
4/7
5/8
0.6/0.8 mm
0.6/0.8 mm
All Suede
1.90
2.00
Goat lining leather
4/7
0.5/0.7 mm
TR-1
TR-2
TR-3
1.70
1.60
1.50
6/9
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
1.80

                        F/C SHEEP LEATHERS
Material
Size/sq. ft.
Substance
Selection
Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F
Sheep Cabretta leather
4/6
0.6/0.8 mm
ABC
2.00
Sheep Cabretta leather
6/8
0.8/1.00 mm
ABC
2.20
Sheep lining leather
4/7
5/8
0.5/0.7 mm
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
TR-1
1.65
1.75


4/6 sq. ft. All Suede JY 190, LIF Suede JY 160 and 
Rejection Suede JY 110

6/9 sq. ft. All Suede JY 210, LIF Suede JY 175 and 
Rejection Suede JY 120

(Writer’s e-mail id: vmk1234@yahoo.com)

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chennai Leather Market - November 2017

CHENNAI LEATHER MARKET
V. M. Khaleelur Rahman

Leather market is yet to recover from its slow tendency. While some shoe manufacturers show interest for higher selections of tanned goat skins such as 3/5 sq. ft. Run, Fifth and Inferior fifth at around the combined price of Rs.80 per sq. ft., some leather exporters buy small quantities in 5/7 sq. ft. Lining at around Rs.45 per sq. ft.

Calcutta and Agra customers are expected to resume purchases. Some business has already taken place in goat shoe upper and lining leathers at different prices depending on quality and selection. There is also some demand for local items such as Rejection and Langda at around Rs.12 and Rs.9 per sq. ft. respectively which tanners consider as very low.

Export Business

As far as export business is concerned, there is good demand for best qualities of buffalo and cow calf upper leathers produced mainly in Ranipet. Some shoe manufacturers abroad regularly buy this item.

In goat upper and lining leathers overseas business seems to be little and prices obtainable for them are at around US $ 2.20 and 1.70 per sq. ft. respectively in good marks. There was also a report of goat milled leathers being sold at around US$ 1.80 per sq. ft. Tanners and exporters are of the opinion that market may revive slowly and the bad days will vanish.

Quotations are as follows:

E.I. Tanned Goat Skins

Grain selection : 5/7 sq. ft. Run/V Rs.90, V Rs.70, IF Rs.60 and LIF Rs.50
Suede selection: 5/7 sq. ft. Rs.43 and 4/6 sq. ft. Rs.39
Lining selection: 5/7 sq. ft. Rs.40 and 4/6 sq. ft. Rs.35
Mesh selection: 5/8 sq. ft. Rs.30,
all prices per sq.ft. 

Prices of raw goat and sheep skins are erratic in raw skin centres throughout the country. There are no takers for lower selections.

Quotations of Exporters:

4/6 sq. ft. All Suede JY 190, LIF Suede JY 160, Rejection Suede JY 110
6/9 sq. ft. All Suede JY 210, LIF Suede JY 175, Rejection Suede JY 120 per sq.ft.

                            S/C OR F/C GOAT LEATHERS

Material
Size/sq. ft.
Substance
Selection
Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F
Goat upper leather
 4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
ABC/DE
2.10/1.60
Goat milled leather
4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
1.70
Goat suede leather
4/7
5/8
0.6/0.8 mm
0.6/0.8 mm
All Suede
1.90
2.00
Goat lining leather
4/7
0.5/0.7 mm
TR-1
1.60
6/9
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
1.70

                        F/C SHEEP LEATHERS
Material
Size/sq.ft.
Substance
Selection
Price US$ per sq. ft. C&F
Sheep Cabretta leather
4/7
0.6/0.8 mm
ABC
1.90
Sheep Cabretta leather
6/9
0.8/1.00 mm
ABC
2.00
Sheep lining leather
4/7
5/8
0.5/0.7 mm
0.6/0.8 mm
TR-1
TR-1
1.55
1.65

TECH & TRENDS 2018

There is much talk and enthusiasm in the leather industry about the Tech & Trends 2018 programme to be held at Ambur Trade Centre on 14th and 15th November 2017 by Chennai Institute of Leather Technology Alumni Association (CILTAA), a connecting body of more than 400 technologists creating leathers, with the support of various trade bodies, in order to “make a quick update on gearing up for 2017-18”. It is hoped that this event will enable leather manufacturers to find new technology to create different kinds of high quality leathers and shoes to attract foreign customers. It will provide an opportunity for interaction with innovative chemical manufacturers and suppliers.

(Writer’s e-mail id: vmk1234@yahoo.com)