Despite the fall, if the IILF is anything to go by, then the Indian leather industry should recover in 2010 and everyone Leather International spoke at the show was positive about the event and the general condition of the market. ‘In recent times we have taken market share from China and a lot of business from Turkey’, says Dr Zackeria Sait, regional chairman – south, CLE.

Indian tanneries produce around 2 billion square feet of leather per annum (10% of the world total) with major tanning clusters in Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Kolkata, Kanpur and Jalandhar. India is home to 2091 tanneries (45% in Tamil Nadu, 26% in West Bengal and 18% in Uttar Pradesh.

The final day of the IILF is due to take place on February 3.