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ISA TanTec chooses “outstanding” Vietnam for its fifth tannery

Tanning group ISA TanTec is to set up a new tannery in Vietnam taking the number of leather manufacturing facilities it runs in Vietnam to two and its total around the world to five.

It has already signed an agreement to acquire 60,000 square-metres of land on an industrial park in Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province and will build the new tannery there. It will model the new tannery on Saigon TanTec, its existing facility in Binh Duong province and, when the new project is complete, will run both in parallel. Chief executive, Uwe Hutzler, said the group will look at the possibility of synergies between the two, including a shared service set-up for both tanneries.

On making the announcement, ISA TanTec said increased demand for leather from its customers made the expansion necessary. Founder and executive chairman, Thomas Schneider, explained that Vietnam was the group’s preferred location for its fifth tannery because ISA TanTec’s experience of working in Vietnam so far has been “outstanding”.

Mr Schneider (pictured) said there is the possibility of “new regions” presenting themselves in the years ahead as good locations for international tanning groups to set up leather manufacturing facilities, but he made it clear it may take between three and five more years for them to be “attractive and stable enough” to make this feasible.

ISA TanTec’s other leather manufacturing sites are at Heshan in China, Mississippi in the US and Bassano del Grappa in Italy.

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