Leather Belt Manufacturing | Small Business Opportunity

Leather belt manufacturing process is simple. The manufacturing operation doesn’t demand a lot of space. Leather belts are made in different widths and lengths to suit customers of all age groups and build. The leather used is plain or chrome tanned cowhides of even substance in different colours and shades of mainly black and brown. The buckles used are in different attractive designs and plated. They are detachable and fitted as per customer’s choice. A leather belt manufacturing unit with single shift operation and taking 25 working days in a month is a financially viable project for entrepreneurs.

Market Potential For Leather Belt Manufacturing Business

Leather Belt ManufacturingIn India, leather industry is in a predominant position with substantial export revenue generation, and thereby providing economical growth. Indian leather industry is one among the top 8 industries for export revenue generation in India, holding 10% of the global raw material, and 2% of the global trade. India enjoys competitive benefits such as availability of abundant raw material, cheap and skilled labour, supporting institutions for industrial developments, and supportive domestic market. A recent survey states that India has the largest livestock in the world. The country possesses the largest population of buffaloes, goat, and sheep. India also has the world’s largest technically trained manpower in leather craft, which enables it to surpass its competitors in the global market. The major markets for Indian Leather & Leather Products are Germany with a share of 12.32%, the USA 11.83%, U.K. 11.57%, Italy 7.76%, France 5.72%, Hong Kong 6.50%, Spain 5.41%, Netherlands 3.46%, China 2.99%, Denmark 1.29%, UAE 4.3%, Belgium 1.68%,

Leather Belt Manufacturing Business Registration & License

In starting a small scale leather belt manufacturing unit where the raw material is finished leather doesn’t require so many licensing formalities. You will need to obtain following registrations and license:

  1. Business registration with ROC
  2. Trade License from Municipal Authority
  3. Udyog Aadhaar MSME Registration
  4. IEC Number or Export License from Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) if you want to export leather belts from India.

Leather belt manufacturing unit does not create any kind of pollution and as such there is no need to take any preventive measures for pollution control.

Leather Belt Manufacturing Machine & Raw Material

  1. Strap cutting machine power operated
  2. Upper Leather skiving machine
  3. Single Needle flatbed Industrial Sewing Machine 31 ND 15 Merrit
  4. Side creasing machine
  5. Hand tools and other necessary equipment.

The major raw materials are chrome tanned upper leather and split upper. Other required materials are the buckle, thread, solution etc. You will also need to arrange the packaging consumables.

Leather Belt Manufacturing Process

After selecting the right leather, the belts of different sizes are cut by strap cutting machine and skived from the edges. Similarly, the lining of the same sizes of required leather is also cut. The skived edges are folded. Then the lining attached by paste. After pasting the belts are stitched with help of stitching machine. The excess of lining are to be trimmed. The other operations like buckle attaching edge setting punching are then carried out according to the design. The belts are then finally inspected and packed.

Quality control and standards in leather belt manufacturing should be maintained  by the good quality of raw materials, selection of appropriate designs and strict supervision during the manufacturing process.

Learning Resources

A Guide to Making a Leather Belt – A Collection of Historical Articles on Designs and Methods for Making Belts