Brazil expected this year to continue as world’s second-largest leather producer after China

5 January 2011

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 5 Jan – The Brazilian leather sector expects this year to post turnover of US$3.8 billion as compared to a projection of US$3.4 billion for 2010, according to the Brazilian association for the leather curing industry, CICB.

Cited by the Brazilian press, the same figures showed that the number of heads of cattle slaughtered is expected to exceed 44 million over 2011, keeping Brazil as the world’s second-largest raw leather producing nation after China and ahead of India and the United States.

According to the chairman of the CICB, Wolfgang Goerlich, leather exports in 2010 are expected to have totalled around US$1.7 billion, which is 10 percent less than in 2008 and 46 percent more than in 2009.

Goerlich also noted that with overall turnover for all types of leather of US$55 billion per year, Brazil accounts for approximately 6.5 percent of the world market by revenue, behind china, Italy and India.

“With these figures we have one of the most notable positions in the world list. In production of raw cow leather we occupy, after china, the second place by turnover and in overall turnover in the leather curing industry we are in fourth place behind China, Italy and India,” Goerlich said.

The state of Rio Grande do Sul continues to be the biggest leather curing area in Brazil, followed by São Paulo, considered to be the biggest exporter, Paraná, Ceará, Bahia, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goiás, Minas Gerais and Pará. (macauhub)