Success Stories


  • ELICO first won ISO accreditation in 2004 and its underlying principles of transparency and shared information feature is strongly become in the company’s culture. This also applies to its purchasing strategy.

  • All three manufacturing units have an established ISO 9001 Quality Management System. The main structure of the system is based on the following working parameters:
    • Document and record control procedures.
    • Management responsibility.
    • Resource management.
    • Product realization.
    • Product measurement, analysis and improvement.
    • Work instructions and standard formats.

  • In particular, process formulations, work instructions and standards are located at the point of process or operation with visual instruction as required. There is also recording and feedback concerning the accuracy and acceptability of machine operation from on-going inspections.

  • There is also an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Both systems are supported by laboratory analysis.


    1. Certified as Tannery of the Year Africa 2011: Finalist.
    2. Certified with ISO 9001 Quality Management System.
    3. Certified with ISO 14001 Environment Management Systems.    


    ELICO at present is the only tannery that exports finished leather only, thus adding value to Ethiopian hides and skins.  It has a garment and leather factory and intends to modernize the Unit and add a shoe and glove factory taking the value addition to the final stage.  

    Ethio-Leather Industry PLC (ELICO) has registered remarkable continuous growth over the past few years making tremendous strides especially since 2010.  It’s revenue, which rose from 150 million to Birr 250 million in the 2010/11 fiscal year, reached Birr 300 million in the following fiscal year showing a 20% growth from the previous year.

    This result is obtained in a situation where the price of hide and skin reached record high and where the Company didn't stock carry over from the previous year.  The rise in revenue was attained not only from profits of sales but rather from the step the management and staff have taken towards reforming the company.

    ELICO was bestowed, in September 2010, the honour of becoming the first company in the leather industry to achieve the status of ‘authorized economic operator’, to undertake any inspection of chemical imports at its warehouse rather than at Customs Office.  

    Ideas that turn up by its Research and Development Unit on product modification, as well as new product development focusing on optimization of resources have enabled the Company to save money in recent months.  The company feels it has achieved substantial improvement and is expecting a total saving of nearly $500,000 at the end of the fiscal year.  Employees are also involved in coming up with innovative ideas.

    The three factories, Awash Tannery, Abyssinia Tannery and Universal Leather Products Factory have also seen tremendous boost in processing their flagship products during these years.

    Abyssinia Tannery which has never reached 1,000 Goat Suede a day, despite its huge installed capacity, has presently become a plant that produces an average of 3,500 Goat Suede and 2,500 Shoe Leather a day.  Its annual production of the Goat Suede and Shoe Leather Unit (GSSLU) now generates Birr 200 million a year.

    Empowered by its achievements, ELICO has in September 2012 finalized the Five Years Strategic Plan to be implemented beginning 2012/13 fiscal year towards integrating the three factories for a greater success from just a tannery processing to a full-fledged leather products manufacturing industry.

    Accordingly, ELICO will inaugurate a new shoe factory and two effluent treatment plants in the very short term.  It will also start producing shoes to moderately contribute to the replacement of the current import to Ethiopia.  It is also working on a project study to establish a glove factory.