Argolanda celebrate 75 years of trading2 May 2001
The name Argolanda comes from the first three letters of Argentina and part of the Spanish word for Holland. The name gives a clue to the beginnings of the Dutch based hide, skin and leather trading company which was founded in 1926. The company started out as raw material traders in Rotterdam buying raw hides from Argentina and selling them initially to the former Soviet Union and eastern bloc countries. In 1956 the business was acquired by W L Granneman who took over the business at the current headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Today, the company trade raw hides and skins, pickle, wet-blue, crust and finished leather all over the world, especially to the Far East. The two sons of W L Granneman, Chris and Leon, now control the company which employs 26 people. To celebrate 75 years of trading staff, agents, clients and other guests were invited to a special lunch, which took place during the APLF in Hong Kong.