Export of Leather Goods from VelloreYou have heard about Vellore as a place famous for medical tourism, educational institutions and age old temples and monuments such as Vellore fort. But do you know that Vellore also has hundreds of leather and tannery industries? These are located in Ambur, Ranipet and Vaniyambadi near Vellore. Finished leather goods are exported from Vellore district which include good quality garments, fashionable shoes, shoe uppers, soles, leather gloves, finished leather etc.
Industrial Growth in VelloreThe reasons for industrial growth in Vellore are many. The implementation of South Asia's second railway track between Chennai Royapuram and Walajah, the Golden Quadrilateral road has rendered transport activities in the region better. Chennai and Bangalore (IT cities), Tirupati and Thiruvannamalai (Pilgrim centres) are well connected and people even travel to metro cities for work.
Factors that have contributed to the industrial development in and around Vellore are as follows:
- Proximity to Chennai, the State capital of Tamil Nadu
- Good transportation facilities with well-connected roads
- Availability of water and power in Vellore
- Abundance of raw materials n Vellore
- Easily available cheap but skilled labour
- Entire Vellore District is electrified
- Even the villages are connected with roads.
Vellore is Famous for Export of Leather ProductsDo you know that 37% of leather and leather related products in India are exported from Vellore district? The leather industry has also provided employment to many professionals in the field. The emphasis today is on utilising raw materials to the fullest for maximum ROI (return on Investment), especially from exports. The leather industry involves small scale industries and cottage industries also. The leather products are of very good quality. For instance, leather shoes give good comfort to the wearer as they are designed for comfort.
Ambur - Major Leather Tanning Industrial CentreAmbur in Vellore district is known as 'Leather City of South India'. Ambur is a hub of leather tanning industry. It is a leading exporter of finished leather goods as some of the largest leather tanneries and manufacturing units are located here which manufacture shoes for footwear brands such as Effegi, Cole Haan, Caterpillar and Gabor etc.
Even traders who supply chemicals and shoe materials to these factories enjoy business opportunities due to presence of these leather industries. Skilled people get employment in these factories. International exhibitions and workshops are held at 'Ambur Trade Centre'.
Problems Faced Due to Leather IndustryToo many manufacturing units and leather tanneries have led to pollution of ground water due to the release of polluted chemicals directly into Palar river. However, State Government has taken measures by installing Common Effluent Plants.
Vellore has a dominant presence as far as leather and leather based industries are concerned. Even the government provides capital subsidies and other infrastructural development by setting up Industrial Estate and Common Effluent Treatment plants.
So, the leather industry occupies an important place in the industrial map of Vellore. It has not only provided employment opportunities to denizens of Vellore but has also made Vellore famous for yet another reason - leather and leather related finished products.