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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 2.252 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.

2017 tanning industry output reached 691 million euros.

Bovine leather output slightly exceeds 63% of the total sector production, followed by sheepskin wool and w/o wool on leather, with some 22%, being the remaining 15% distributed among goatskin, pigskin, rabbit and reptile leather.

Leather external trade showed in 2017 presents a favorable balance, with an export figure of 364 million Euros and 327 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 2017 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 by value (thousands of uro)
 Sheepskin w/o78.00067.86063.78962.48564.984
 Double Face62.86858.46755.54452.87858.166

Evolution of the Spanish finished leather exports by geographical areas (th.)
 European Union223.935247.851235.997239.439243.912
 Eastern Europe00000
 Other Eur. Countries0107.6090

Evolution of the main Spanish finished leather exports destinations (thousands of uro)
 United Kingdom9.28010.6889.5909.7629.453
 South Korea9.98213.7149.18610.4288.756
 Hong Kong30.55520.44813.97210.9968.433

Evolution of the Spanish finished leather imports by type of leather (thous.)
 Sheepskin w/o30.77419.51116.58918.15924.775
 Total Cap.41362.629438.535368.402350.307323.200
 Double face/rabbit13.56911.3717.3142.8032.803

Evolution of the Spanish finished leather exports by type of leather (thous.)
 Ovino sin59.43450.34644.70440.16037.056
 Total Cap.41323.901333.788312.947317.677319.009
 Double face75.70366.75751.58639.30743.765

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