Tata International, the global trading arm of the Tata Group and India's leading exporter of leather and shoes is planning to set up tannery and leather goods manufacturing facilities in Ethiopia.

The facility in Ethiopia will be its first processing and manufacturing hub outside India, executive director Mr OK Kaul told Hindu Business Line, citing the country's “good number of livestock” as a major factor for the move.

Tata's leather unit manages one of the world's largest tanneries at Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. It also has design studios in Italy and Spain and manufacturing facilities in India, China and Indonesia that produce a wide range of leathers, shoes, garments and leather articles.
$3m is also being earmarked for capacity expansion projects this year, taking its total finished leather production from 4m to 6m square feet.

The company supplies to global brands like Betty Barclay, Peter Keiser, Marks & Spencer, GCI, Mango, Pierre Cardin, Hush Puppies, Escada, Gabor, Naturalizer, Zara, Grenson, Ambiorix, Samsonite, Danier and leading Indian retailers.