The merger of the federation of the German footwear industry, HDS, and the German association of leathergoods manufacturers, BVLK, has been decided. From Jan. 1, 2012, a single association called HDS will take over their operations. Like the former HDS, it will be run by Manfred Junkert and Ralph Rieker as general manager and president, respectively. Rieker will be assisted by Dieter Morszeck. Based in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, the enlarged federation has about 150 affiliated companies - 87 from the footwear sector and 65 from the leathergoods sector. It will have a slightly modified two-color logo. Collective bargaining will still be managed separately. The new appearance of the common association was sealed with a slightly modified logo.