LAHORE: Energy-starved leather industry of Pakistan has achieved top position in the world leather award ceremony with “Highly Command Award for Asia”, while Royal Leather, a Lahore-based tannery achieved second best tannery in Asia after Japan in “Individual Tannery of the Year”, category.
According to a spokesperson for the Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA), Pakistan leather industry had largest-ever participation in the Asia-Pacific Leather Fair in Hong Kong this year.
More than 75 companies participated in the fair. Pakistan has participated in the global contest of Tannery of the Year 2013 for the first time.
The award ceremony was held in the Convention Centre, Hong Kong where hundreds of tanners from across the world participated. The awards for Europe, Africa, Asia and South America were decided by a panel of judges consisting of Ivan Kral, Unido project coordinator for leather, Dr Patricia Casey, vice president of the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies, and Kim Reid, head of talent, Leadership and Learning of British Airways.
The finalist made presentations about their commitment to environment community, quality and best practices, the spokesperson said, adding that the Lahore-based Royal Leather Industries won the award.
The award has enhanced the image of the leather industry of Pakistan, in general, and the award holder, in particular.
Due to high cost of business in Pakistan, the leather sector faced stiff competition from its competitors India, China and Bangladesh, the spokesperson said, adding that the quality of Pakistani leather and leather goods was highly appreciated by international buyers.
An emergent meeting of Pakistan Tanners was held in Hong Kong under the chairmanship of Agha Saiddain, chairman of the PTA Central, to decide collective strategy in the fair.