Belle International, the big Chinese conglomerate, is working with Hong Kong Shangduo Leather and Xinxiang Leather Company to open a new tannery in the Suzhou Economic Zone in Jiangsu province. Groundbreaking for the Bailian Shangduo tannery, north of Shanghai, took place on Nov. 21, and once completed the facility should be able to process 50 million square meters of leather for shoe uppers every year.

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