Rompa Tanneries created with Hulshof purchase

The Netherlands
Published:  19 March, 2014

Hulshof Royal Dutch Tanneries is resume leather making and will continue as Rompa Tanneries under new ownership. The new owners are veal producer, PALI Group from s-Hertogenbosch and tanners, Rompa Leather from Rijen, both in The Netherlands.

Together they will restart the Hulshof Royal Dutch Tanneries plant in Lichtenvoorde which was declared bankrupt last November. The new owners have created a joint venture, which will be known as Rompa Tanneries. This will give the PALI Group control of the entire production chain from slaughter to finished leather in a highly integrated structure.

Everything from the purchase of calves to their slaughter takes place under the management of the family company Paridaans (founded in 1959, 2nd generation). Vitelco, part of the PALI Group, is one of the largest calf slaughterhouses in the world and provides calfskins. Processing the fresh skins into wet-blue in Lichtenvoorde avoids salting, adds value and reduces the burden on the environment.

Rompa Leather, also a family owned business (founded in 1906, 4th generation), is a producer of high-quality leather for the shoe, furniture and leather goods industries. Since the 1980s, they have specialised in producing finished leather from wet-blue. The tanner will now begin to carry out beamhouse operations once more.

Through the purchase of the Hulshof tannery it provides Rompa with an opportunity to once again carry out the entire tanning process in house. Rompa Tanneries will seek to expand on the quality and the green image that Hulshof had successfully developed. Initially, semi-processed leathers will be developed such as wet-blue calf from Vitelco and bull hide wet-blue and crust.

The biodegradable leather concept developed by Hulshof will be further enhanced so that wet-green or wet-white calf and bull hides will become available. Contract tanning, retanning and finishing will be carried out for third parties at the tannery.

Hulshof Protein Technologies (HPT) with branches in Lichtenvoorde and Groenlo, who extract protein (collagen) and fats from skins for the food industry, will retain an important supplier for its raw materials thanks to the tannery restart. This also provides some vertical integration with the new owners. Rompa Tanneries in Lichtenvoorde will undergo a phased start beginning with the beamhouse and wet-end. Finishing will follow at a later date.

A number of Hulshof staff will “as far as possible” be re-employed when the tannery begins processing once again. 

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