Kanpur The Leather CityFormerly known as the Manchester of the East, Kanpur is an industrial city which occupies a place of prominence in India today. The city is also known as economic capital of Uttar Pradesh and contributes significantly to the state and national exchanger. Among other industries, Kanpur is home to numerous leather tanneries which produce quality leather products which have an appreciable market not only within India but abroad too.
Leather Production in Kanpur
Copper Allen and Company supplied leather products from 1891 to 1945 in different locations including Manipur, Chitral (Pakistan), Tirah, South Africa and Tibet. The company played a vital role during the First and Second World War.
Current Scenario in Leather IndustryAfter 1947, since India gained Independence, the demand for leather products from Kanpur gradually decreased. However, the industry saw a revival in 1970 and has been on the surge ever since. Various leather products like footwear, harnesses and other leather products are produced and exported the world over.
Tanneries in KanpurKanpur is known as the Leather City. The reason for the same can be well understood from the fact that the city has over 400 registered tanneries. Around 90 of these tanneries produce vegetable tanned leather while chrome tanned leather is produced by around 60 of these tanneries. Some of the important tanneries which produce quality leather products in Kanpur are:
- Indian National Tannery
- Oriental Tannery
- Pacific Tannery
- Kelco Tannery
- Bengal Tannery
- Sultan Tannery
Kanpur Leather Cluster
Though the state and central government has been working earnestly in developing the Kanpur Leather Cluster, yet a lot remains to be done to make Kanpur the ‘Manchester of East’ which it was once famously known.