Muirhead has opened its brand new £14 million Super Tannery following several years of development on the project.

The launch follows the latest round of multi-million investments by Scottish Leather Group and reflects the group’s 20-year strategy and commitment to continuous improvements in sustainability.

“Since 2003, we have continuously invested in strategic initiatives designed to optimise and improve productivity, quality and sustainability,” said Nicholas Muirhead, CEO, Scottish Leather Group. “The new Super Tannery is the latest significant milestone on that journey, a state-of-the-art facility that builds on the considerable savings we have already made in reduced energy and water use, improving our efficiency and futureproofing our production. This will provide our customers with further evidence of our position as the leader in the supply of the world’s lowest carbon leather.”

“Over the last 20 years, we have pioneered and patented circular manufacturing processes that minimise waste to landfill and radically reduce our carbon footprint, with initiatives such as our Thermal Energy Plant and Ultrafiltration plant,” added Dr Warren Bowden, Head of Innovation and Sustainability, Scottish Leather Group.

“The Super Tannery builds on these sector-leading actions, providing a step change in productivity and environmental savings. Our sustainability journey is continuous, and this new facility will play a vital role in enabling us to achieve zero impact leather manufacturing,” added Bowden. “We are committed to net-zero for our own operations (Scope 1 and 2) by 2025 – twenty years ahead of Scotland’s overarching net-zero ambitions – and delivering zero waste to landfill by the same year, further fortifying our sustainability pledges.”

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