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23 Sep 2014

ISA TanTec has been named one of the best tanneries in the world


Honour for the plant in Vietnam pays tribute to ISA TanTec’s ecological and social commitment.
A focus on employees, lots of voluntary additional benefits and a pleasant working environment ensure a very low staff turnover rate.
Saigon, Vietnam— September 18th, 2014 — The Vietnamese production site of the German leather manufacturer ISA TanTec has been named as one of the best tanneries in the world. The renowned trade magazine World Leather has nominated the plant near Saigon as a finalist in the category Asia excluding China in the Tannery of the Year 2014 competition. We are very proud that the industry is rewarding our years of commitment to ecologically and socially sustainable leather production through this nomination states Thomas Schneider, founder and CEO of ISA TanTec. Back in 2010, the magazine conveyed this honour on an ISA TanTec production site in China.
Through its tannery in Vietnam, ISA TanTec has set a new standard for the environmentally friendly production of leather. Thanks to highly efficient technologies and processes as well as the extensive use of solar power, the plant needs over a third less energy than comparable production sites belonging to other companies.
The jurors also acknowledge the company focus on employees and its social commitment highly. Among other things, they praise the well-developed culture of employee participation. Suggestions from staff are highly valued and rewarded. The company operates a canteen that employees can use for free, offers extensive health benefits and organises shuttle buses to and from the plant. When designing the factory, ISA TanTec placed the greatest emphasis on occupational health and safety as well as a pleasant, healthy atmosphere with plenty of natural light and good ventilation. The low staff turnover rate of 1.3 percent – many times lower than the industry average – is evidence that staff value all of this.
In addition, ISA TanTec supports a host of social projects in Vietnam. The company finances the school attendance of fifty children from low-income families and is involved with an organisation that treats children with cleft lips and palates.
ISA TanTec employs 430 people in Vietnam who produce a broad range of leather products – from wet blue to finished. The plant is certified according to ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 and bears the gold label from the Leather Working Group. ISA TanTec is currently building a new plant in the US state of Mississippi that is based on the same principles as those in Vietnam and China.

ISA TanTec was founded in 1995 and currently has 4-ultra modern tanneries located in the USA, Vietnam, China and Italy. In 2016, Navis Capital Partners co-invested with ISA as a strategic partner to support the further growth ambitions of ISA TanTec.
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