The fish leather is exotic leather made from fish skins. It is a by-product of the seafood industry with recycling and environmental properties. The use of fish skins to make leather has a very minimal impact on the environment as the process is biodegradable, natural, and renewable. Fish leather is made of thin and fibrous material. It is supple and washable. It does not smell of fish. It is an excellent material for the clothing and shoe industries. Fish leather is strong, attractive, and easy to produce. Some of the key benefits are included environmental friendliness, reduced atmospheric pollution from the tanning process, product availability in a wide variety of drum dyed colors, versatility, price competitiveness with other reptile or exotic skins, and uniqueness due to the distinctive scale pattern of the fish. Apart from reducing atmospheric pollution, fish leather also reduces the water pollutions as most fish canneries discard of the fish skins in the water bodies, ending up polluting water.
According to study, “Global Fish Leather Market by Type (Salmon, Perch, Wolfish and Cod); By Application (Clothing, Footwear, Accessories and Others.) and Region –Analysis of Market Size, Share and Trends for 2014 – 2019 and Forecasts to 2030” the key companies operating in the global fish leather market is Nanai, Limited Liability The company, Proxima Universal s.r.o., Salmo Leather GmbH, Atlantic Leather, SHADI, Nova Kaeru. Compared with mammalian leathers, the ready-made fish skin leathers are hardly available and there are some producers & small operators’ worldwide thus giving remarkable opportunities to the key players. Developments in technology and rise in usage of eco-friendly leather are also anticipated to improve the role of key players in the market. Additionally, E-commerce retail plays a vital role in determining the growth rate of fish leather in the coming years.
Based on the species type, the fish leather market is segmented as Salmon, Shark, Wolffish, Nile Perch, and Cod. Each species have unique characteristics in a diverse range of textures, colors, and finishes. The Salmon segment dominates the market because of its fine pattern and texture. In addition, based on application, the market is segmented as footwear, clothing, handbag, belt, wallet, and others.
The fish leather market is driven by an increase in environmental concerns, followed by a change in lifestyle and a rise in spending on fashionable products. However, high prices of fish leather & limited size may impact the market. Moreover, international organizations & governments are promoting the use of fish leather to create service opportunities for the economy. Furthermore, the rise in the availability of advanced technology for manufacturing processes is a major trend for the market.
Based on geography, the Asian-Pacific region holds the major share in the global fish leather market owing to the increase in population and rise in the number of fisheries & fish producing companies in the region. The North-American and European regions are estimated to witness higher growth rate due to the increase in incomes of fishing communities over the forecast period. It is predicted that the future of the global market will be bright because of the presence of popular fashion brands & elite customers during the forecast period.
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