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Footwear, Finished Leather Goods and Polyurethane Fabric

Tamil Nadu, boasting 60% of India's tanning capacity, stands as the undisputed national leader in finished leather production. The state is also the base for more than 1,650 companies affiliated with the leather industry.


Footwear and Leather Products Output Share in India


Of India’s total Leather Exports


Global supply of Finished Leather share


Mr. Isar Ahmed

Managing Director, Farida Group Regional Chairman - South, Council for Leather Exports

Tamil Nadu is uniquely positioned especially in terms of the infrastructure and the ecosystem that we have here. The skilled labour availability is the biggest asset for Tamil Nadu.


  • Tamil Nadu hosts prominent leather clusters in areas including Ambur, Ranipet, Vellore, Vaniyambadi, Pernambut, Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Erode, and Dindigul.
  • The leather industry in Tamil Nadu provides employment for around 600,000 individuals, with an impressive 85% of the workforce being women.
  • The state boasts a substantial 38% contribution to India's output of footwear and leather products.
  • Tamil Nadu commands a notable 45% share of India's total leather exports.
  • On a global scale, the state holds a 2% share in the supply of finished leather.


Active Investors


The Tamil Nadu government has strategically identified four locations for the establishment of Mega Leather Parks with the aim of attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). These locations include Panapakkam, Bargur, Perambalur, and Tindivanam.

Ambur has earned the distinction of being officially recognized as a 'Town of Export Excellence' under the Foreign Trade Policy for the period 2015-20.

The tanning industry in Tamil Nadu has a total capacity of 157 million pieces of hides and skins

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