Sheepskin Manufacturing

After a one day soak the skins are painted on the flesh side for unhairing, the hair mechanically removed, followed by a one-day liming. The pieces are then fleshed, delimed/bated, and acid/salt pickled to a standard pH value mostly pH 1.0.

Each skin is then trimmed, graded according to quality and size, stretched hard to flatten and remove creases, then piled in bundles of 12 pieces to a height of 0.75m.  These stocks can be held up to three months if required, or alternatively can go directly in to production where they are depickled to pH 6.2-6.4, repickled to pH 2.6-2.8, prefatliqoured and chrome tanned in a 17-hour processes.

The skins are then piled, covered in polythene and drained for 48 hours, this weight is used to estimate chemical offers within the retan/fat liqouring process. After dyeing, the skins are piled for one day before setting on the grain, then hang-dried using an overhead conveyor system.

The skins are conditioned as necessary, then softened and stretched using a cylinder staking machine, followed by a mordant selection for grade, area and dye suitability. Six dry shaving machines are used for crust shaving, and every skin is measured for substance as thickness is very critical.  0.55-0.65mm and 0.45-0.55mm leathers are used for men and ladies dress and gloving respectively, 0.35-0.5mm for golf gloving, although sometimes customers have different specifications.

After dyeing to shade, the pieces are hang-dried, conditioned if required, staked on a cylinder staking machines. The staking machine, then wheel-staked using six custom built machines. The staking of golf gloving leather is done in a separate department to avoid the possibility of color contamination. The pieces are then toggled, and finally measured, graded, wrapped in polythene and sealed for dispatch.