The earliest written records from the Tanners
Guild of Igualada date back to 1693. Since the beginning they have worked
hard to adapt their products to the new demands of the market and they
have become a worldwide referent in the tannery sector. The Guild is
formed basically by small and medium-sized enterprises with family origin
that have evolved generation after generation from a craft system to
a great level of specialization that places the tannery industry in
Igualada in the first line at worldwide level. The tanners from Igualada
have known how to adapt their industries to the modernization of the
processes and have increased considerably the production as well as
the diversity of the products manufactured, taking the quality as a
priority and with a scrupulous respect for the environment.
Tanners Guild from Igualada is a trade organization that groups 31 sector
companies that employs 800 workers directly and around 400 employees
in complementary activities and services.
The high quality of their products and the effort of reconverting their
industries to offer the articles that the market asks for have allowed
the tanners to become a relevant player in a sector strongly marked
by the irruption of very aggressive competitors coming from countries
with very lower production costs.
The tanners from Igualada are not only a referent for the quality of
their leather but their industry also produce a minimum environmental
effect. The great investments in Research and Development, in the application
of clean technologies, in the treatment of purification of water and
waste, together with the impulse given in the Leather Technology School
and the great effort of the tanners from Igualada to specialize and
reconvert their industries to be able to offer the most possible large
range of top leather articles are factors that explain why today Igualada
is considerated the world-wide capital of the leather.