Fontanina Shoe Factory

This company is installed and established in 2013 within the compound of Awash Tannery, through an estimated investment capital of ETB 84.8 Million, so as to produce men’s and ladies shoes for the international and domestic market.

The factory has currently employed the most up-to-date technologies available for the production of shoes of cemented construction, in conformity to the envisaged quality of leather shoes to be produced by the factory in the near future. The type of shoe construction determines the techniques of the shoe making (lasting and bottoming) and all other operations (insoles, counters, toe puffs, heels) are automatically tied to this as is also with the machinery.

The use of thermoplastic cement which could be directly applied by the lasting machineries and thermoplastic coated counters and toe puffs has now totally replaced poly-urethene, neoprene, and all other previous generations of cement types in the shoe industry. And hence, Fontanina Shoe Factory has already deployed all the necessary production materials and technologies with qualified experts to meet the standards of the most up-to-date and advanced shoe manufacturing industry.

ELICO-Universal Leather Products Factory

This is the Unit that manufactures leather goods, garments and leather articles. The Unit raw materials from the other two tanneries (Abyssinia Tannery and Awash Tannery).  It is one of the leading leather houses in the country and an eye-opener to bring the house hold production of leather articles to an industrial level.

Abyssinia Tannery

It is engaged in the production of superior quality suede upper for the export market as well as sheep Napa upper for the local market. The factory has a unique nature since it is the only suede producer in Ethiopia.

ELICO-Awash Tannery

Awash Tannery, currently one of Ethio Leather Industries Plc.’s (ELICO) tanneries, was one of the 12 tanneries and footwear producers in public ownership for decades under the National Leather Corporation. 

It is a 54-years old company that started manufacturing shoes as Darmar Tannery in Addis Ababa in 1957.  It was the brainchild of Armenian tanners who fled to Africa after World War II and won the approval of Emperor Haile Selassie I, who presided over the official opening ceremony.  The commemorative plaque still stands at the entrance of one of the main production units.  

Awash Tannery was nationalized in 1975 by the former government and then privatized again and took its current name under Ethio Leather Industries Plc. (ELICO) after having been acquired by         MIDROC Ethiopia. 

Awash Tannery is the largest and perhaps the second oldest factory in Ethiopia; that produces finished leather products from sheep skin and bovine hide.  It is specialized in the manufacture of the finest and world-class leather and leather products.  The unit produces finished shoe upper leather, different leather articles and upholstery from hides for the local and international leather markets.  Garments and lining leather from pickled sheep skin are also processed in Awash Tannery.

For instance, the following major products of Awash Tannery division could state briefly in the following table:-


Product Type



Remarks for variation


Sheep Napa upper

(shoe for men’s & women’s)

0.9-1.1mm and more

Black, Brown and Fashion colors

As per customers order


Sheep dress glove leather



0.55-065mm & more



Fashion colors

As per customers order


Sheep golf glove leather

0.35-0.55mm & more

Silver white

Snow white

As per customer order