Famous Vic tanners scale down4 December 2009
The Catalonian town of Vic in Spain has one of the highest tannery concentrations in the country but has seen some of its most famous names scale back their activities this year.
The oldest and once largest tannery in the town, Colomer Munmany have dramatically reduced their processing of sheepskins especially doubleface in the town since their JV with Chinese processor, Henan Prosper was announced a year ago. The Chinese hold a 90% stake in the recently formed Colomer Moda. Much of the processing equipment from Vic has now been transferred to the new plant in China which will begin operation early next year, leaving an R&D facility in Vic. Leather International contacted Colomer Munmany concerning the ownership of other elements of business such as Ledexport and their international processors and trading companies but no formal response was provided.
Curtidos Codina another famous name from the town have confirmed that they no longer process ovine leathers in Spain. Instead, Codina have long established plants in Brazil processing hairsheep and goat skins and are now the largest single exporter of finished hairsheep and goat leathers from Brazil. Codina Group own the Curtume Cobrasil tannery in Parnaiba, Piauí and a finishing plant situation in Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul.
They also have established a commercial office in Dongguan, China. They supply major brands in China, Europe, Brazil and USA.