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The impact of BREXIT on supply chain

No change for EU-based customers of Heusch blades after 01.01.2021. All processes stay the same.

EU-based customers buying products from the UK will encounter the following changes:

  1. Imperative customs declaration
  2. Import sales tax
  3. Potential EU-approval of goods
  4. Extended customs handling times

Posted on 19-01-2021

Ute Ahrens

Sincere thanks are given to Mrs. Ahrens for symbolizing exemplarily dedication and untiring commitment to our company. During 32 years of co-working with her, we experienced her as an exceptional colleague.

For her new chapter in life we as the company, colleagues, partners and customers wish her all the best!

Posted on 10-12-2020

Higgs Material Sustainability Index (MSI) for Leather

The inappropriate methodologies calculating the Higg MSI had led decision makers to replace leather by unsustainable, fossil fuel-derived, synthetic products. (Dr. Kerry Senior, International Council of Tanners)

Reasons for rejection:

  1. Data from not later than 2013, not representative of the current status
  2. Data refer to Brazilian and US herds only
  3. Wrong average lifespan of bovine (5 years instead of 2-3years) will increase the environmental impact
  4. No differentiation between grain- and suede leather
  5. The methodology for the assessment of the impact of Chemistry is not transparent
  6. Leather is a byproduct of the beef and dairy industry
  7. Disregard of leather’s durability and reparability

For these reasons the ICT, International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS), Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA), China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) and the Leather Association in the European Union (Cotance) advocate for an alternative rating system.

Unanimously all above organizations suggest applying the EU Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR), using current and reliable datasets. Based on the accurate data evaluation of leather as a natural resource would be improved.

Posted on 15-10-2020

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