The inauguration was made by Rafeeque Ahmed, chairman of the Farida Group, accompanied by Huub van Beijeren, ceo of the Stahl Group. There was a short official programme adjacent to the laboratory during which van Beijeren presented a small momento as a souvenir Rafeeque Ahmed. In his speech he said that Stahl is a company which believes in innovation, and this application laboratory would not be the last one that Stahl would inaugurate. Several others are already being planned. Stahl is committed to invest in the Indian industry and give a high level of service to its customers.
In reply, Rafeeque Ahmed stated that this type of facility, in which new products could be developed, was very important for all tanners and shoe factories in Ambur and the surrounding areas in today’s business environment.
The two chief guests then moved to the laboratory entrance to cut the ribbon and declare the laboratory officially open.
Stahl India say that tanners and shoe makers are working harder than ever to attract new buyers and demonstrate what they have to offer. Upgrading of raw material and high specifications are a must in today’s marketplace and these new laboratory facilities will be well-placed to offer advice and assistance with new technology for local tanners and shoes factories, whilst meeting the ever-changing and increasingly stringent environmental legislation for leather and leather products.
The Ambur laboratory will provide support for the local Stahl leather and shoe finish technicians while complementing the Colours and Tanning Products laboratory which is already operational nearby. Local staff will be able use the combined resources of the two neighbouring laboratories to offer solutions to problems and new developments from raw materials to finished leather.
Full operating permits have been obtained from the local Pollution Control Boards. Both laboratories conform to Stahl’s strict safety, health and environmental policies thus ensuring the highest standards recognised in Europe or anywhere else in the world. A wide range of equipment and machinery has been installed, including a Gemata StarPlus rollercoater, a hydraulic plating machine and two newly designed spray booths.