Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhides, mostly cattle hide. It can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from cottage industry to heavy industry. Leather is used to make various goods including footwear, automobile seats, clothing and furniture. It is produced in a wide variety of types and styles and decorated by a wide range of techniques.
Leather is one of the most widely traded commodities globally. The growth in demand for leather is driven by the fashion industry, especially footwear. Apart from this, furniture and interior design industries, as well as the automotive industry also demand leather. The leather industry has a place of prominence in the Indian economy due to substantial export earnings and growth.
The leather industry in India holds a very prominent place in the Indian economy. The leather and leather products industry is one of the oldest manufacturing industries in India. The Indian leather industry provides employment to about 2.5 million people in the country and has an annual turnover of approximately US$ 5,000,000.
The industry has a massive potential for providing more employment, growth, and exports. Recently, the exports of leather and leather products have gained massive momentum. The exports of Indian leather goods have registered phenomenal growth. This is mainly because great emphasis has been placed on the planned development of the leather industry and at the optimal utilization of available raw materials.
Leather goods include various products such as footwear, luggage, bags, wallets and purses, and other accessories. Leather goods/luggage leather goods are generally made from buff and cow uppers and softy uppers with different finishes.
The global leather goods market is projected to grow at the rate of 6.2% during the forecast period 2018 to 2023. Leather goods are highly popular among consumers as they have inherent qualities such as dustproof, fireproof, crack proof, and durability which is expected to increase growth of leather goods market.
The global leather goods market was USD 93.2 billion in 2016 and will reach USD 121.16 billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 4.47% during the forecasted period. Retail stores hold the major share in this market that is over 90%, however, the online sales will increase during the period due to the growing popularity of ecommerce.
Important drivers for this industry are increasing domestic and international travel, global economic power and higher disposable income of consumers. Customers are now more aware and wish for designer leather products which is pushing this industry.