From a modest EI skins tannery decades ago, Forward Group today is one of the largest leather manufacturers in South India - in a rare display of combining the art and science of leather making.


The group has two tanneries specializing in Kid leathers, with a combined capacity of 10 million square feet of leathers per year. 

These tanneries produce a vast range of Kid leathers – Glazed, Milled, Nappa, Polish, Burnish, Brush- off, Pattent, metallic, Suede, Nappalans and a lot more – in a wide spectrum of textures and finishes.

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This tannery, with a capacity of 6 millions square feet per year, is the first Foreign Direct Investment in the tanning sector in India and is a specialty tannery producing Cow leathers – ranging from aniline fine calf leathers to rugged heavy leathers like Nubuk, Pull Ups, Milled leathers, Oily leathers, Crazy Horse leathers etc in substances ranging from 0.8mm to 2.2mm on raw material mainly from Europe and North America.

The tanneries are ably supported by laboratory testing facilities, to assure quality of their leathers, and R & D for continuous development of technology.


The company is committed to a cleaner, greener environment and all the operations are eco-friendly. 


The Tanneries are  EMS certified companies by LWG Environmental Audit. (Certified by BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd., UK)


The group’s tanneries are regular participants and contributors to the Modeurop.



Forward’s leathers have Universal acceptance and has  global presence – in as many as 25 countries around the world.

BLC Leather Technology Centre  – The leading independent leather technology centre.


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