Envirnmental Inspection affects Fujian Tanning Area

2017-07-12 16:21:36 作者:管理员 已有1073次浏览 收藏

We have claimed many times that the Chinese economy and its leather industry are in a major transition phase from an export-manufacturing-driven growth to one characterized by investment-in-novation and consumer spending.

Add to this, there’s a “secondary transition”: a severe fight against pollution that is taking place in and outside the leather industry that has caused a sharp 

slowdown in the domestic leather production with the closure of many polluting tanneries in the last two years. Chinese government, indeed, has imposed a radical change of the environment policy on Chinese tanneries with a dual objective: namely to clean up the environment (air, water and ground) and improve the quality of life of Chinese citizens, and to produce eco-friendly leather and make it more attractive to the Millennials consumers who are so sensitive about sustainability and environment issues.

Therefore, the Central Government has increased powers to the Central Department of Environment Protection&Control, that recently got into action in the Fujian province, where the BRICS summit will be held this year from 3 to 5 September.


At the end of April, the ofcials of the Central Department for the Environment Protection and Control Department entered in Fujian with the aim to carry out within a month all the necessary inspections in the most sensitive production sites of the Province, starting from the tanning districts in the city of Jinjiang.

Starting from 25 April, all tanneries located in the Kemu district, that is home almost 200 small/medium tanneries working for footwear, did stop production in order to make the necessary improvements to their plants. Never had tanneries worked so hard to re-paint the facades, replace the road signs, plant new trees, fix the water treatment plants, all to make the industrial park of Kemu look more environmental friendly.

The extended shutdowns delayed deliveries of those limited orders that were collected in the frst months of the year. 

However, the stop was necessary as the fines for not complying with standards are now so expensive. After having inspected the facilities and checked the quality of water discharges, ofcials terminated controls without sanctioning any activity. 

Tanneries went back to work in spite of a weaker demand for leather especially in the footwear segment as confrmed during the 27th edition of Shoes & Leather 

Guangzhou. Among the 800 exhibitors at the Guangzhou Exhibition Centre, manufacturers of footwear components/accessories and synthetic materials accounted for the vast majority along with producers of footwear machinery;while the number of tanneries attending the trade show was small. It was eported that the exhibition was quiet with little business done; once again a proof of the diffcult times Chinese leather sector is going through. Not only do tanneries have to deal with fewer and fewer orders for economic articles, but also the price of fnished leather has been rather sluggish in the last seasons. 

Tanneries are skeptical about a possible improvement of the market in the coming months and do not place hope in the upcoming domestic leather fair, i.e. ACLE Shanghai, that is scheduled from 30 August to 1 September.