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OUR STORY

Joseph started Mossop and Sons on the banks of the Liesbeek River in Rhodenbosch.The year was 1846, and although dependent on the water resource back then, today mossop in heavily involved in trying to reduce our use on natural water systems.

Joseph Mossop, was a Keswick tanner who plied his trade in Cumbria. He emigrated to South Africa in 1842. Similarly, although at the time not the same company. The “Old Tannery” in Wellington was established in 1871 as the Western Tanning & Boot Company. It was founded by John Henry Coaton on his farm Olyvenhout, which adjoined Wellington. J.H. Coaton was a former railway worker from Yorkshire, England, who presumably brought a knowledge of tanning and footwear manufacture with him to South Africa. In those days, leather was in wide use. There was no lack of demand for saddles, harnesses, boots and shoes. In those days, leather was in wide use. There was no lack of demand for saddles, harnesses, boots and shoes. Probably the reason for the industry sudden boom in production houses.

In 1996, Western Tanning Co. merged with Mossop & Son Leather, a company with an equally long history of tanning and producing leather products. Mossop Leather was founded in 1846 on the banks of the Liesbeeck River in Cape Town, and later moved to Parow Industria, to the north of Cape Town. Following the merger, the company’s name was changed to “Mossop Western Leathers”. In 2000, the Parow factory was closed and all tanning and manufacturing was consolidated in Wellington. At this point in time, the company produced approximately 140 000 m² of leather per month, enough to supply half of all the leather used in South Africa. Two thousand cow hides per day were tanned and processed and 750 000 pairs of shoes could be produced from the leather. The company began to expand into the international market, with 15% of leather production sold overseas.

FUN FACTS ABOUT MOSSOP LEATHER

We have the capacity to produce 2,000,000 ft square of shoe upper and upholstery leather and 600,000 ft square of laminated split leather per month.

It is a privately owned company with the Rahman family from India; and the Bolton and Beier families from South Africa, the shareholders.

We are situated in the beautiful town of Wellington in the Western Cape.

We export leather to Europe, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East.

We employ 175 people on a permanent basis

The company proudly owns the Tek-Tan brand name which is widely used by the prominent school shoe factories in the country as the preferred upper leather.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

“We are a business with a rich history and character that has transformed through generations; building on a long standing success track record.”

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