“This opening is another example of our sustained efforts to grow the global position of our wet-end and finishing leather chemicals, and proof of Smit & zoon’s long-term commitment to the Indian market,” said Hans van Haarst, CEO of Smit & zoon. “The Indian market is important to us and this expansion will bring us closer to our Indian customers, allowing us to support them better in their needs to create high quality, sustainably produced leather.”
Arun Janakiram, Country Manager India of Smit & zoon added: “The leather industry in India is changing and developing rapidly. Indian tanners are facing increasing government regulations and challenging demands from their customers and brands with regard to high performing, sustainable leathers. At Smit & zoon we believe in providing positive, lasting solutions to our customers in everything we do. Our Indian office will enable us to act swiftly to the changing needs of our customers”.
Smit & zoon, headquartered in Weesp, the Netherlands, already has branches in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and China. Besides that, the Dutch leather chemicals specialist has a global agent network, including agents in Ambur and Ranipet, Chennai and Vaniyambadi, Delhi, Jalandhar and Kolkata. In India, the company already opened a Leather Application Laboratory in Ranipet in 2015 and has a strong team of Leather Technicians operating throughout the country.
About Smit & zoon
Headquartered in Weesp, The Netherlands, Smit & zoon is a leading global supplier of wet-end and finishing leather chemicals for tanneries. Smit & zoon develops and produces leather chemicals used in the manufacturing of leather for well-known brands of shoes, cars, furniture, clothes and bags. With its focus on innovation and sustainability and a long-term focus, Smit & zoon supports its customers in meeting their current and future needs.