Addis Ababa February 09/2018 The first well-equipped African leather and leather products testing laboratory in Ethiopia is training experts from the continent and testing products from South Africa, Sudan, Rwanda, and Botswana.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Leather Industry Development Institute Communication Director, Berhanu Serjabo said experts from the four countries have been receiving training.
“…African countries are coming here to benefit from the institute through various ways like sending their experts for training and getting tested their products in our laboratories”, he added.
The Director stated that the institute has 3 well-equipped internationally recognized laboratories: Physical, chemical and instrumental. The physical lab has 2 units that test lather and leather products separately.
A leather sample that used to be sent to England to be tested for 500-1000 USD per piece is now tested in our own laboratories, Berhanu said.
According to him, the institute has managed to introduce the locally discarded sheep skin, wanke, to the export market.
Similarly, the institute is working on camel skin that will also be introduced to export market, it was learned.
The institute provides consultancy services for 14 local companies on problems related to skin preservative methods and use of technologies and supports through testing the leather samples for their conformity to standards.
The Director pointed out that the institute is also working with renowned international institutions in areas related to quality of skin.
Leather Industry Development Institute was awarded ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Systems Certification from the International Organization for Standardization in February 2016, after successfully passing an audit by the certifying body.