Below-average growth for Russian leather19 August 2001
The Russian leather, fur and footwear industries recorded growth in 2000, but were the lowest performers compared with other light industries in the country with average growth of around 10.6%. Growth of chrome tanned and juft leathers slowed to 4% and 5% in 2000 from 90% and 200% respectively in 1999, although sales of sole leather rose by 76.7% in 2000. The increase of sole leather is the result of several tanneries changing their focus and moving away from the production of chrome leather towards sole leather. The total output of leather in Russia rose from 958 million dm² in 1999 to 1043 million dm² in 2000, with chrome leather accounting for 819 million dm², juft leather 131 million dm² and sole leather 92 million dm². Last year, 33 companies produced chrome leather, 93% of which came from the country's 15 largest companies. Juft leather was produced at 13 factories, seven of which were responsible for 93% of total production. Sole leather was made in 13 factories, eight of which accounted for 90% of total production. The Russian footwear industry produced nearly 33 million pairs of shoes in 2000, up 10.4% year-on-year. Footwear was produced in 192 factories, two-thirds of which originated from 30 factories each producing over 300,000 pairs a year.