The Center for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), the national organization for the country’s leather sector, will host an afternoon exhibition on Dec. 3 at the High Point Plaza Hotel and Conference Center during the ShowTime market event in High Point. On display will be many of the country’s top leather manufacturers eager to meet with interior designers and industry buyers interested in learning about their latest products. This is the organization’s first exhibition at ShowTime.
The show will take place on Dec. 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Victorian Ballroom at the recently renovated High Point Plaza Hotel and Conference Center located at 135 South Main St. No vendor appointments are necessary. Instead, visitors can speak with representatives from Brazil’s finest leather companies at leisure while touching and seeing the latest products available.
Charlotte designers and buyers can make the easy day trip from Charlotte to see the Brazilian products in addition to a host of other vendors in the industry.
“Brazil is known for some of the world’s best tanneries producing top-quality leather used in the fashion, upholstery, automotive, and boating industry,” says the executive president of CICB, Jose Fernando Bello. “We know that bringing our products to the ShowTime market in High Point will allow us to connect with the most connected and experienced buyers in the industry.”
Boosting the interest in Brazilian leather is the nonstop flight offered by US Airways between Charlotte and Rio de Janeiro. Next year, the airline plans to operate a larger aircraft on the route highlighting the destination’s popularity. Also planned is a new nonstop flight between Charlotte and Sao Paulo pending regulatory approval.
U.S. companies that use Brazilian leather include Learjet, Ford, and GM among others.
“Since its foundation, CICB has been working as the official representative entity of all Brazilian tanneries, regardless of size or location, defending and promoting Brazilian leather in the domestic and international markets”, says Fernando Bello, executive president of CICB.
Brazil is one of the biggest leather suppliers in the world with exports of 28 million hides per year. Overall, more than 40 million hides are produced within the country, which is made even more impressive thanks to sustainable practices used by many manufacturers including conservation of water, cattle farm fair-trade practices, and organic tanning technology (chrome-free, without the use of heavy metals).
“Raw materials are used from eco-friendly resources native to Brazil adding an exotic touch to these products that boosts value and creates a unique look that consumers are seeking these days,” says Bello.
Light refreshments will be served, and visitors interested in making appointments with specific leather companies can contact Leticia Luft at LeticiaLuft@gmail.com. CICB is celebrating its 55th anniversary and its first showing in the United States, the third biggest market for Brazilian leather in the world.
Exhibitors at the show will include the following companies:
Nova Kaeru: an exotic bio leathers tannery specializing in tanning fish, ostriches and caiman leathers. It is known as the first company in the world to create truly resistant, “seamless” panels such as ostrich legs and fish leathers suitable for a variety of new applications. The company also pioneered “bio leather,” an organic tanning technology that uses no heavy metals. The company’s core corporate values are sustainability, technology and innovation as inspiration for a better life and better products. These values are present in all of its industrial procedures and products.
JBS S/A: the largest Brazilian exporter of leather. The company is known as the largest animal protein processing company in the world making meat, leather, biodiesel, collagen, and cleaning products. It is a key supplier for the automotive, upholstery, shoe, and accessory sector. The company has 14 industrial units in Brazil and one in China. Distribution centers in Italy, Eastern Europe and Asia are part of a global sales platform that allows the company to be present in major world markets. Sustainability receives an important attention in its operations. JBS Couros prioritizes clean production techniques to minimize its environmental impact.
Durli: celebrating its 52 anniversary in 2012, this company has four units and produces wet blue, crust for upholstery (35,000 hides per month) for export and also finished leather. This year, two of its units got the certification of LWG (Leather Working Group, an international organization that certifies leather companies for its sustainable and appropriate environmental stewardship practices): one gold and one silver certification. Consolidated by its high quality standard, this is a company that values the partnership with customers and suppliers.
Casa de Couros Romeu: a top provider of customizable leather allowing customers to add their own identity through textures, colors, or photos. In operation since 1948, the company caters to the fashion and interior décor industries. Casa de Couros Romeu is based in Sao Paulo and was founded in 1948.
Gobba: a specialist in bovine leather for upholstery producing 2,300 hides per day. The company also has its own American warehouse of anthem leather offering Brazilian-made products to the U.S. market. The full compliance of Reach, the ISO 9001, and other international requirements allows Gobba to export over 80 percent of its production, supplying customers in all five continents with quality and service. Its products were developed to provide design, high performance and elegancy, meeting the highest world’s environmental requirements and chemical restrictions.
Fuga Couros: a garment bovine leather specialist founded in 1947, with five tanneries located in five different states of Brazil. Fuga Couros produces cow hide wet blue, crust for shoe and upholstery, finished leather for garment, leather goods, upholstery, and safety shoes. Exotic hides with hair are also available. Splits include wet blue, crust, suede and finished. The company is also recognized for its fashion production, such as vegetable natural leather in the update colors for prompt delivery. Fuga Couros is gold certified of LWG – Tannery of Excellency.
Viposa: a main producer of finished leather, crust leather, wet blues, and safety sets. The company is especially proud of its dedicated laboratory that conducts a wide range of tests to verify quality and exact conformity with customer specifications. Constant preoccupation with quality, technology and innovation as well as firm commitment with partners, employees, clients and consumers resulted in the ISO 9001:2008 and ISO TS 16949: 2009 certifications.
Coming: in 2011, Coming won “Best Tannery in America” award from World Leather Magazine, in Shanghai, among the activities of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE), one of the main leather fairs of the world. The prize is recognized as a major industry honor. Known for its good environmental practices during its 30 year history, the company specializes in wet blue, semi-finished, and finished leather. In 2012, Coming was gold certified of LWG. The company also received the ISO 9001:2008, demonstrating its commitment to the standardization pattern of its process.
Luiz Fuga: it operates two plants in Brazil and sells its products world-wide. The company specializes in soft napas and leather for home, office and automotive upholstery. Luiz Fuga was founded in 1947 and cooperates to develop custom tailored leather for each customer’s needs. The company has partnerships with the major leather tanning product suppliers in the world. This strategy has returned great advantages to the customer enabling a better, more reliable product that is well finished and comfortable, using only bio-degradable products.
Curtume Cubatão: the tannery is equipped with the most modern machinery for the production of finished hides, being specialized in automotive and upholstery leather, leather for safety shoes and soft leathers line like floaters, napas and linning. Total capacity is 2,000 hides per day. The tannery was founded in 1919 and is proud to have many environmental licenses and certificates. Chemical analysis and physical tests are also constantly conducted throughout the automotive line, meeting international standards and being recognized by its costumers as a great partner to work with.
Charlotte designers and buyers are frequent visitors to High Point’s fabric and furniture markets, and this year’s fabric market taking place from Dec. 2 to 5 is sure to be just as busy.