The Ambur Trade Centre (ATC) inaugurated here last July is proving to be an excellent facility for organization of leather and leather goods fair. The fully air-conditioned complex which has a floor space area of nearly 40,000 sq. feet has begun hosting leather related exhibitions, conferences and events.
The Centre constructed at the cost of Rs.11.5 crore with the initiative by the Ambur Economic Development Organisation (Aedol) Chairman Mr. Mecca Rafeeque Ahmed is playing an important role for the development of the leather and leather products industry. The very first two-day Exhibition of Footwear Components, Accessories & Finished Leather was held in the premises in soon after inauguration of the Centre last year. It was built under the aegis of Ambur Economic Development Organisation (AEDOL) with contributions from the Government of India and the Industry and was inaugurated by Mr. K. Alauddin, Principal Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu. Besides convention centre, conference hall, training and testing centres, e-readiness centre, it has guest rooms for the visiting entrepreneurs and overseas customers.
The Aedol is a joint venture by Vanitec and Amburtec, the two organizations that look after the recycling of effluents from the tanneries in Vaniyambadi and Ambur, two towns hosting several tanneries, leather finishing units and factories producing leather goods and shoes. The Government of India sanctioned Rs.67.33 crore with its subsidy of Rs.43.93 crore for the two projects. The two towns are situated around 200 kms west of Chennai.
Vellore district of Tamil Nadu hosts clusters manufacturing a wide range of leather and leather products as per international standards. They provide direct employment to more than 60,000 people and indirect employment to another 30,000 people mostly from the economically weaker sections of the rural society. They export material worth about Rs.3,500 crore annually. This apart they also meet a sizeable domestic demand within the country.
According to Mr. Rafeeque Ahmed, Ambur, one of the major leather clusters in Tamil Nadu which has been recognized as “Town of Export Excellence“ for leather products will get additional support and incentives for the development of the industry to enable it to increase its exports. (VMK in Islamic Voice, March 2011)