31 December 2019
SC Volga Tannery (Ostashkov, Tver Region in western Russia) is one of the oldest factories in the leather industry. It traces its origin to merchant Savin’s manufacturer founded in 1730. It is located on the edge of the beautiful Lake Seliger, about 350km from Moscow.
This lakeside position was key to the tannery’s success in the early days, with the lake’s pure water lending the leather a certain unique quality. To ensure the highest environmental standards, the tannery has installed all the latest pollution controls to ensure careful disposal of tannery effluent and preserve the ecological balance of their lake. Current employees of the factory are the fourth and the fifth generation of Ostashkov leatherworkers.
At the beginning of 2014, the new owners and the management team worked hard to develop main production facilities. The tannery purchased and put into operation new modern technological equipment and optimized the internal infrastructure of the factory, shop conveyance and hoisting facilities, warehousing and automation equipment.
The tannery has eventually become the leading manufacturer of the Russian tanning industry as well as an important player in the international market. It is a regular exhibitor at the world’s leading leather trade fair – APLF in Hong Kong. It is now operating at full capacity and is capable to achieve a share of 30% of the Russian rawhides processing market.
Being one of the largest employers in the Tver Region, Volga Tannery employs over 1 200 workers and specialists. We take constant care of the environment, tannery’s workers, improvement in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility and rationalization of the tannery internal processes.
In December 2014, we put into operation a unique production line of food fibrillar protein powder — bovine protein (collagen). The line allows the diversification of the production facilities and these raw materials more efficiently by using most of their valuable components. It is the first production site of that kind and scale in Russia. The most significant advantage, besides its economic efficiency, is import substitution possibilities. Before the start of our production, the import share of this product in Russia reached 95%.
The strategic value of the tannery is confirmed by the inclusion of JSC “Volga Tannery” in the list of enterprises with great impact on branches of industry and trade in the Russian Federation, according to Ministry for Industry and Trade Order No. 1079 dated May 12, 2015.
JSC “Volga Tannery” actively cooperates with federal and regional ministries and state funds, such as the Russian Fund of Technological Development, Ministry for Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Ministry for Industry and Information Technologies of Tver Region. Active participation in the state program of import substitution is one of the main objectives of the tannery.
Here is an informative video about Volga Tannery: