Pittards boosts Ethiopian tannery capacity
UK-based leather maker Pittards has started to supply its product to the airline and automotive industries. This strategy is part of the company’s aim to enter new market sectors as it looks to develop its medium- and long-term growth. Pittards is also directing its attention to large leather shoe brand owners.
The company’s operations in Ethiopia include a tannery, glove-making facility and a shoe factory. Investments are reported to have been made in both machinery and personnel, and these are said to have allowed Pittards to increase its footwear manufacturing capabilities. Increased capacity within the tannery has been achieved by the addition of new fleshing machines and tanning drums.
Last year was one of progress, according to Pittards chief executive Reg Hankey, who added that the company has begun to demonstrate an ability to differentiate its customer-focused model and provide a more balanced portfolio, deliver growth and remain a key provider of leather and finished leather products.
The photograph above shows the Pittards tannery in Edjersa, Ethiopia.
This article was originally published on page 4 of the May 2019 issue of SATRA Bulletin.