Salmon leather products. (Photo: Cursalchile)
Salmon leather, a burgeoning business
Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
The firm Cursalchile has managed to strengthen its position in the salmon-leather-for-export business following four years of hard work, and is now planning on selling finished products.
Nora Pino, the head of the company, says her firm was able to adapt its materials to international standards and exigencies. In so doing, it adjusted the chromium level, the pH and the fat of the leather with the aid of a Swiss company that analysed and monitored samples sent from Chile, she explained.
| A coat made of salmon leather. (Photo: Cursalchile )
“We also had to change the use of dye from materials of vegetal origin, and although raw materials with these characteristics exist abroad, they are only for leather and for clothes, which is why I had to adapt them to use with salmon leather, which contains both qualities,” the executive explained.
For now, Cursalchile’s most important destination market for salmon leather is the United States, where it provisions three clients in the leather goods business, Diario Financiero reports.
The Chilean company also exports leather to Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela and Switzerland, and in terms of samples [lower sales of up to USD 1,500], it sends its products to Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and South Korea.
In the short term, Cursalchile will be focused on adding a new product line: finished products. Shoes, handbags, wallets, jackets and accessories, among other options, will boost the company's product range.
“Ideally we would be able to sell manufactured products from Chile, as [our] foreign clients are often requesting them,” Pino indicated.
According to data furnished by the National Fisheries Service (SERNAPESCA), 549,100 tonnes were harvested by the aquaculture sector between January and November 2009.
Of that total, 168,900 tonnes corresponded to Atlantic salmon harvests, a figure that represents a loss of 50.6 per cent in terms of the 341,900 tonnes accumulated in the same period of 2008.
Regions X and XI harvested the highest total output: 61,500 tonnes and 99,200 tonnes, respectively.
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