Hafde aim to double capacity with extension23 March 2010
The Hafde tannery located 20km west of downtown Addis Ababa are in the process of doubling their production capacity next to their existing tannery. The soaking, liming and tanning drums became operational at the end of 2009 and further construction is underway in the new retanning and finishing area. Once complete Hafde will be able to separate small skin and side processing into separate production lines. Hafde are one of Ethiopia’s largest tanning companies processing around 7,500 sheep and goatskins as well as cattle hides per day for footwear upper, gloving and garment. They have also begun a small production of cattle hides for furniture upholstery and sole leathers.
The new tannery extension, which will be fully completed by the end of the year, will double the Hafde’s capacity and includes the construction of a new footwear and leathergoods factory located onsite adjacent to the tannery.
When Leather International visited the tannery in mid January all the beamhouse and tanning drums (supplied by Italprogetti) were operational and construction of the retanning and finishing area was underway. The new extension also features a new overhead conveyor drying line with built in driers also supplied via Italprogetti.
In addition to the tannery extension Hafde are also constructing a new water tower to utilise water from an underground spring below the tannery.