About Us

The Association was founded in the year 1917 under the name "The Southern India Skin and Hide Merchants Association" ( SISHMA )

SISHMA was then serving the leather trade and industry of southern India. In 1978, it was converted into an All India body and renamed as "The All India Skin and Hide Tanners and Merchants Association".

The Association is an apex body to which various district and Regional Associations are affiliated. The Association has been representing to both Central and State Governments on the matters of import-export policies, labour, taxation.

The Association played a major role in setting up of Common Effluent Treatment Plant in clusters where there are tanneries situated and always lead in pollution and environment related issues to keep the environment free of pollution .There are 13 Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) in various tanning centers in Tamil Nadu. The industry is aware of its social obligations and the tanners are doing their best in construction and effective management of Effluent Treatment Plants. Happily there is no functional tannery in Tamil Nadu without being attached to a CETP/IETP.

On the pollution front, the Association took all the efforts to adopt the 'Zero Liquid Discharge' membrane technology by the tanners specially in Tamil Nadu successfully. The Association has taken all steps to manage the Hazardous Solid Waste in Secured Landfill with the guidance of CLRI and other technical bodies like NEERI.

The Association is also helping the tanners by importing the most essential pollution free and eco-friendly tanning material i.e. Wattle Extract, and distributing the same at landing cost, thus benefiting a large number of small tanners.



Important Events


The Association hosted the ICT annual meeting in the year, 1982 at Chennai when late Mr. A .D. Parpia of M/s. Dharamsee Parpia group of companies was unanimously elected as its Vice-President for the Asian and Australian region. After his demise late Mr. C. K. Duraivelan , Managing Partner of M/s.C.Kalyanam & Company was elected to be the ICT Vice-President for the remaining term.

The Association has its own building in Raja Muthiah Road,(Sydenhams Road) Periamet, Chennai, India. The old building was demolished in 1984 and a multi-storied new building "Leather Centre" was constructed in its place.
The Association celebrated its Platinum Jubilee impressively on 6-8-1994. The Association honored the doyens of the leather industry and a souvenir was released on the occasion.

The Association along with the Indian Bank and other National Banks has promoted the "Indian Institute of Leather Products" a full-fledged training Institute for the leather and leather product industry. The institute is imparting training programme related to leather industry, self help-group, women employees etc.





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