Positioning Aba leather industry for global competitiveness

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Over the years, Aba, the industrial capital of Abia State, South-East Nigeria, has been a hub of creativity and manufacturing. The city is well-known for production of garments, shoes, bags and trunk boxes.

There are over 80,000 players in the leather industry, with some producing shoes, and others making bags and trunk boxes.

The industry is estimated at N120 billion, though key players think it is much more than that.

The Aba leather industry is made up of shoes, trunk boxes and belts. It provides employment for tens of thousands of people, with many specialising in different stages of production such as designing, patterning, cutting, skiving, stitching, peeling and finishing. It is made up of clusters such as Powerline, Imo Avenue, Bakassi, Aba North Shoe Plaza, Omemma Traders and Workers, ATE Bag, and Ochendo Industrial Market, comprising input suppliers, among others.

Aba is indubitably a shoes’ paradise, producing 48 million pairs of shoes and slippers annually, according to BusinessDay calculations.

Available data show that China produces 12.6 billion pairs of leather shoes annually, while Vietnam produces 760 million pairs. Indonesia produces 660 million pairs, while Italy produces 205 million of the same commodity annually.

From 2013 to 2017 show that the top four leather shoe producing countries were China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Brazil, according to a research report conducted by Statista.

In the top ten global ranking of leather shoe producing countries, Italy occupies the tenth position. China, Vietnam and Indonesia make it to the top ten producing countries and top ten exporting countries.

The leading exporting countries of China, Italy, Vietnam, Germany and Indonesia have laid substantial foundations to the shoe production and exports industry a way of boosting their economies.

China exports shoes and leather valued at $9.1 billion annually, while Vietnam’s … Read More...