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  • People power takes on Google
    Daily Telegraph. 4 Aug 2007

    Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, has transformed the way we find information on the internet. Now its founder, Jimmy Wales, is hoping to do the same for search engines. Barry Mansfield investigates.

    Web slinger
    CNBC Europe. 1 May 2008

    Morten Lund kick-started three funds - one for Chinese property, another centred on Indian technology ventures and a Middle Eastern clean tech equity fund - before setting up his own vehicle, Lundxy.

    Turning fire into water
    easyJet Traveller. 1 Dec 2012

    Pioneering Danish inventor and entrepreneur Tom Juul Anderson is harnessing the power of solar thermal energy to solve Egypt's water crisis - starting with a south Sinai Bedouin fishing village.

    Blueprint for African success

    Global Telecoms Business. 1 Jan 2007

    North Africa, encompassing Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan and Ethiopia, is regarded as the next frontier for mobile communications - attracting record levels of investment and millions of new subscribers.

    Edinburgh tram back on track

    Urban Transport Agenda. 30 Aug 2012

    Edinburgh City Council's transport convenor Lesley Hinds talks to Barry Mansfield about her hopes for the Scottish capital's tram network, its ongoing development and how she plans to overcome the raft of bad press.

    New frontiers
    Critical Comms Today. 11 Nov 2019

    Russia's critical communications market is still moving from analogue to digital, and the country's oil and gas sector is embracing the use of drones. Barry Mansfield takes a look at the state of play.

    Data storage for the future
    African Review. 18 May 2017

    Businesses operating at the cutting edge of the data storage market are constantly investing in research and development. Barry Mansfield looks at the factors driving the growth of next-generation data storage in Africa.

    Rise of flexible packaging
    Packaging Today. 24 Jan 2018

    This article looks into brand-owners' rapid adoption of flexible packaging in recent years. Barry Mansfield studies the technology involved and asks if we can expect to see continued uptake across retail and industry.

    Move over malware
    World Mining Frontiers. 31 Aug 2018

    Cybersecurity remains an industrial-scale challenge. Mining operators need to realise they are targets and should prepare accordingly. Barry Mansfield looks into the industry's progress so far. Is it sufficient?

    How to reach level one
    Daily Telegraph. 18 Aug 2007

    Sales are declining for the earlier generation of console games, but competition for jobs in computer game development has never been more intense. If you want to make it in game design, Barry Mansfield has tips.

    Fast and slow fashion
    Leather International. 6 Dec 2016

    Paris-based trends expert Anne Liberati has seen fads come and go in a tumultuous 20 years in fashion. The project manager for APLF's Material+ since September 2015, she has also been in charge of the trends fashion direction for CTC, the French Technical Centre of Leather Industries. This means her present role is to determine for the leather industry which sorts of attitudes, emotions and concepts will ultimately make their way into trends and collections. Now more than ever in leather, Liberati emphasises the importance of embracing transformational technologies. Liberati emphasises the importance of embracing Liberati emphasises the importance of embracing

    The idea for Material+ came 18 months ago when APLF notified her to reflect on the development of the leather industry. Her objective now is to refresh the sector, with a focus on craftsmanship, new technologies, links with emerging leather industries, and a closer look at leisure, sport and fashion, recognising footwear as a strong commercial segment. The industry is exploring new components for footwear, she says, but also advanced fashion tech, and the latest clean and sustainable materials, in order to meet the strong footwear demand.

    Liberati is part of the Comitais de la Couleur (French Community Liberati emphasises the importance of embracingof the Colours), headed up by Olivier Guillemin, and she used to work for Pantoneview.com. Liberati emphasises the importance of embracing

    Her role, in a form of R&D think tank for the CTC, works to form direction by season, which translates into products to be developed in different parts of the French industry, principally in footwear and finished products. That covers texture, colours, new vocabulary and details around shapes, as well as new functions for popular leather goods, such as bags. Liberati sets trends and lifestyle orientation for winter and spring-summer.

    Growth continues to be sluggish in the luxury market overall. Bain and Company predicts that personal luxury goods for 2016 as a whole will mirror last year's low single-digit real growth. Liberati emphasises the importance of embracing

    Claudia D'Arpizio, lead author of a recent report on the sector, warns that luxury is stuck in a holding pattern for the foreseeable future, and has seen only 1% in real gains since 2014. This is attributed to a weak US holiday season, declining tourism in Europe, instability in the Middle East and a slump in China. The hope is that repeated industry forays into the latter will turn these fortunes around.

    Leather is weathering the storm, however. Technavio analysts forecast theechnavio analysts forecast theechnavio analysts forecast the

    international leather goods market to grow at over 4% annually until at least 2020. Around 8,000 businesses are involved in the leather industry in France, employing 70,000 people and turning over 7.8 billion of which comes into France as export revenues, which makes France the worlds fourth largest exporter of leather products across all sectors. The leather goods sector includes more than 1,000 firms and a turnover of 4.9 billion of export sales.

    Of course, the French leather goods sector is famous for its many luxury labels, as well as the stunning finish in high-quality materials through the

    Material+ is styled as the sector of the APLF leather trade show in Hong Kong, where it will launch in March next year. But the Paris-based trends expert and project manager Anne Liberati has seen fads come and go in a tumultuous 20 years in fashion. The project manager for s Material+, from last September she has also been in charge of the trends fashion direction for CTC, the French Technical Centre of Leather Industries. This means her present role is to determine for the leather industry which sorts of attitudes, emotions and concepts will ultimately make their way


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