12 October 2022
Once located in downtown Cairo, close to the Nile River, Sarg tannery was one of the first tanneries to join, back in 2016, the Robbiki Leather City (RLC), a newly developed industrial cluster implemented in accordance with the Egypt Vision 2030 program. Transferring and relocating old tanneries to the RLC contributed to overcoming one of the main sources of pollution in Cairo where wastes and waste water were not treated and directly released in the Nile River.
“Moving our factory to the Robbiki Leather City with all its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities has raised the standard of our leather production to match the quality of Italian leather,” explains Mahmoud Sarg, Chairman of the Sarg Tannery as well as Chairman of the Leather Export Council of Egypt.
This former civil engineer is now running one of the largest tanneries in Egypt. The company produces crust and finish leather of cow, buffalo and baby buffalo and exports 90% of its production to all over the world. It employs more than 200 workers, and its monthly production amounts to 1.2 million sq. ft. of crust.
It is also one of the first tanneries in the country to have obtained the coveted Leather Working Group (LWG) accreditation.
“This has been a two year, quite costly and demanding process but definitely worth the effort”, recalls Sarg. “It gives a focus, an objective, and in any case, producing in a sustainable manner will sooner or later become a must, so tanneries might as well get used to the process now”.
A long time APLF exhibitor, Sarg was skeptical at first about the fair taking place in Dubai. “Participating in APLF Dubai has enabled us to investigate the potential of the region and it has been more successful than we expected. It has been a very positive experience”.
APLF will again take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre next year, from 13 – 15 March 2023.