Tata International started leather production, in 1975, as an effort to promote organised international leather trade in India, focusing on production of leather for the fashion industry. Keeping in mind the Tata group’s commitment to developing rural areas, the tannery was set up in Dewas, Central India. The business and the region have grown symbiotically ever since. Having overcome the remoteness of its location and initial lack of infrastructure in the surrounding area, our tannery in Dewas is now the largest tannery in India and a hub for world-class footwear and fashion leather production.
By 1979, we expanded our original product portfolio, adding value to products and services. The fashion leather division started its brand associations in 1981, initially supplying Bally, to be followed quickly by others including Gabor and Salamander. The turn of the millennium saw a further strengthening of our alignment with the needs of the global fashion footwear markets.
Manufacturing of shoes and garments gained momentum with the acquisition of Graziella and Da-Vinci, which were later regrouped under Tapti Leathers and Bachi Shoes India, Euro Shoe Components and Salco Shoes in 2010. International growth was fuelled by the acquisition of Move-On and the JV with Wolverine Worldwide.
July 2010 saw the completion of our new tannery and the start of production of a range of performance leathers designed for use in the automotive, furniture and sports / lifestyle footwear markets. Our consistent superior quality in this niche area has been endorsed by associations with major international brands.