Indian tanneries look to Africa for raw materials

According to the international news site Leatherbiz the Chairman of India’s Council for Leather Exports (CLE), Rafeeque Ahmed, has said Indian tanners will turn to Africa to find the raw material required for an increase in leather production in his country.

India’s leather sector has a government-imposed target of achieving $14 billion in export revenues by 2017, from current levels of $4 billion. At the same time, India’s domestic market is growing quickly.

Mr. Ahmed said there were between 850 and 1,000 tanneries in India, but that some of them were very small. Some extra capacity will come from the setting up of up to seven mega-clusters, but he confirmed that Indian tanneries will need to look outside India to source the necessary raw material.

He said missions had already taken place to Senegal and Mali, African countries that have good supply of hides but no installed base of tanning capacity. “In future we will need material from Africa, Australia, the Middle East and Europe,” Mr. Ahmed concluded. “In addition, it’s possible we will be able to import fully finished leather to meet demands.”

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