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Spanish Tanners Confederation
Directory of Spanish Leather Exporters

Tanning is an industrial sector with a long-standing tradition in Spain: beginning amongst craftsmen, it has remained in place for centuries, evolving progressively to its current high technological level.

Tanning sector is made up by 99 companies employing some 2.219 workers.

The companies geographical distribution shows a strong concentration in the autonomous regions of Catalonia, Valencia, Murcia with some other tanneries spread over other provinces.

2015 tanning industry output reached 696 million euros.

Bovine leather output slightly exceeds 66% of the total sector production, followed by sheepskin wool and w/o wool on leather, with some 17%, being the remaining 14% distributed among goatskin, pigskin, rabbit and reptile leather.

Leather external trade showed in 2015 presents a not favorable balance, with an export figure of 364 million Euros and 494 million euros for imports. Export and import data include sales to the European Union.

The EU as a whole constitutes the main destination of the Spanish leather exports, accounting in 2015 for some 67% of the total export figure.

Main Spanish leather exports destinations are: Italy, Portugal, France, MOrocco, China, Hong-Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, , Germany, Romania, India and U.K. which proves the prestige of the leather from Spain, due to its high content of design and fashion and to the quality of the hides.

Clasification of the tanning industry by company size
 N of employees N of Companies
 1-10 employees42
 11-20 employees21
 21-50 employees18
 51-100 employees12
 +100 employees6

Tanning industry distribution by autonomous regions
  N of Companies  N of employees

Spanish tanning industry production (1000m2 except Sole in tonnes)
 Sheepskin w/o4.3494.4103.4323.2713.499
 Double Face1.4821.2501.5791.6421.540
 TOTAL Tn (Suela/Sole)2.8263.1203.4323.2713.271
 TOTAL (000 m2)22.10024.74524.28124.03623.971

Spanish tanning industry production by value (thousands of uro)
 Sheepskin w/o72.90078.00067.86063.78962.485
 Double Face67.00062.86858.46755.54452.878

Evolution of the Spanish finished leather exports by geographical areas (th.)
 European Union211.565223.935247.851235.997239.439
 Eastern Europe0000
 Other Eur. Countries00107.609

Evolution of the main Spanish finished leather exports destinations (thousands of uro)
 Hong Kong41.94230.55520.44813.98510.996
 South Korea8.1919.98213.7149.18610.428
 United Kingdom9.4799.28010.6889.4369.762

Evolution of the Spanish finished leather imports by type of leather (thous.)
 Sheepskin w/o27.41130.77419.51116.58918.313
 Total Cap.41334.970362.629438.535368.402357.620
 Double face/rabbit11.61313.56911.3717.3142.645

Evolution of the Spanish finished leather exports by type of leather (thous.)
 Ovino sin54.55759.43450.34644.70440.899
 Total Cap.41319.377323.901333.788312.947319.461
 Double face80.31975.70366.75751.58639.282

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