Goatskin Manufacturing

Goat skins are processed from the raw to finished state, mainly as suede for shoe upper leathers normally in the range 0.9-1.0mm and 0.7-0.9mm.

6,000 pieces are processed per day using a six-hour soak drumsoak, followed by a 17-hours hair burn liming process, as the hair has no value in this production process.  After lime fleshing the skins are de-limed, pickled and chrome tanned in a two-day process.

After selection into six grades and area sizes the pieces are crust faltiqoured/re-tanned, conveyor hang-dried, staked using a vibration staking machine, and cylinder staked.

Buffing is considered a critical operation, and is performed using eight machines operating in a two shift system. Each piece is inspected under buffed pieces, rebuffed and over-buffed pieces set to one side.

After dyeing, materials are hanging, drying, and milling for normally 4-hours increasing the temperature to approximately 35 degree centigrade.  The pieces are then toggled warm on an automatic flat bed toggling unit. This is followed by inspection, packaging for dispatch.