UK Hand in Glove With Ethiopia’s Booming Leather Sector

UK leather goods company Pittards plans to substantially increase the size of its Ethiopian workforce.

BBC News

By James Jeffrey

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — Amid the rhythmic clicking of rows and rows of sewing machines, hundreds of workers are busy creating a range of leather gloves, bags and jackets.

“I can tell when employees’ skills have improved by the noises of the machines speeding up,” says Tsedenia Mekbib, a general manager.

We are at a busy factory on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

It is one of three such facilities in the city owned by UK leather goods company Pittards, which has a long history of operating in the country.

Ethiopia has come a very long way over the last 23 years since I first visited, and the last decade in particular has witnessed massive positive changes”

The company, which is based in Yeovil, Somerset, in the south-west of England, has been trading in Ethiopia since the 1920s. And it is all down to a celebrated type of sheep – the Ethiopian hair sheep.

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