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The skin: origin and trades

Posted in Promotion of the sector on 2021-09-27 by Fédération Française des Cuirs et peaux
CTC is pleased to share this video made on the initiative of the French Federation of Raw Leather and Skin. This film illustrates the journey of the skin and the occupations of professionals in the raw skin sector.


Action financed by the Affected Fiscal Tax collected by CTC


Journey of the skin and the occupations of professionals in the raw skin sector.

  • Breeding of animals for the food industry,
  • Cattle and sheep slaughter sites where skinning and the first stages of preservation are practiced, in particular salting or cold preservation.
  • Collecting: the skins are collected by the collectors and traders who sort, select and handle again: desalting for example or salting in a fuller if the (sheep) skins have not yet undergone this step...
  • Some large slaughterhouses manage the selections themselves and have invested in robotic handling and laser traceability.
  • Label traceability is used in other slaughterhouses.
  • The salted skins arrive in tanneries for river operations, tanning, currying and finishing.
  • River work consists of "cleaning" the skins: depilation and fleshing make it possible to remove the epidermis, hair and fat.
  • The tanning phase will transform the skin into leather by making it rot-proof thanks to the tanning agents.
  • Wrought ironing operations provide strength, hand, color and flexibility
  • The finish protects the leather on the surface and provides the final visual appearance.



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