Historical Background

BAHIRDAR Tannery PLC was established in 1998 G.C. at Bahir Dar Town by Mr. Yigzaw Assefa Wonde with a Bachelor of Science in Management from USA and endowed with above three decades of bona fide experience in the leather industry.

The Company was first fundamentally established to process crust and semi-finished leather products for the market with 11 million Birr initial capital. And therefore, it was mainly engaged to produce pickle and wet blue products from the sheep and goat skins. The production capacity of the Tannery was 2,000 pieces of skins per day. Using this production capacity, the Company was exporting these pickle and wet blue products to the international market up to 2009, which was contributing its own share in importing foreign currency to the country Ethiopia.

Now a day, taking into consideration the advantage of finished leather products in the world market and in order to achieve its plan to develop its own quality leather brand in the future, BAHIRDAR Tannery had been engaged on the production and exporting of finished leather products to the international market. In order to be competitive leather industry and to maintain our business in the market, we are dedicated and devoted to improve ourselves in all aspects. The Company commits to improve different competitive advantages to ensure our clients receiving satisfied experience. The key success factors of our competitive advantages are:

  • The supply of high-quality and premium leather products;
  • The regular flow of export orders;
  • The regular updating with the most up-to-date design and technologies in the global fashion state of affairs;
  • The competitive price setting, in which supplying quality leather products with a cheaper price than the international competitors;
  • The provision of professional services and;
  • The location where BAHIRDAR Tannery established (i.e. at Bahir Dar Town near to the Blue-Nile River) is an ideal place for the supply of very important raw hides and skins to the leather production process in a greater amount and quality, together with its proximity to the export market.

The Founder: Mr. Yigzaw Assefa

Mr. Yigzaw Assefa is the founder of the Company and has been serving BAHIRDAR Tannery as a Managing Director since its establishment back in 1998 G.C.

A more than 30 years of enormous and genuine experience in the leather sector and the experience gained as a General Manager of three state-owned tanneries in Ethiopia accompanied by his educational background paved a way to him to establish and run a successful tannery (BAHIRDAR Tannery) within a short period of time. He also served the Ethiopian Leather Industry Association as being a member of Board of Directors and as a President for a long period of time.

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Vision and Mission

To develop its own quality leather brand and become a competent leather industry which is preferred by the consumers in the global leather market.

  • To develop and/or manufacture the finest leather products which could meet the customer’s expectations in quality, delivery time, and other key standards.
  • To be a competitive company and to maximize its share in the market all the way through adopting new technology, process innovations, and world-class business strategies.
  • To develop and engage on ensuring a healthy and friendly relationship with the environment and community.

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Contact us

For further information please feel free contact us anytime. Our dedicated sales and support team is at your disposal for your inquiry and feedback.

Tel: +251-115-159040/535 978

Fax: +251-115-159050

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Lion Building, 9th Floor
Meskel Square
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia