Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) Director T Ramasami, said 18 tanneries had adopted the model of using membrane technology. This will help in achieving the resolve to implement zero liquid discharge.
Zero discharge models which use reverse osmosis involves the technique of recovering and reusing 80 per cent water, he said.
Dr Ramasami said CLRI was working on providing longer lasting superior leather for which substantial inputs will be required.
Leather exports for April to October period last year were $1,430 million. The target of $2,675 million has been fixed for this year, he said.
Dr Ramasami said an international leather complex was coming up in Andhra Pradesh Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for the footwear company Adidas. It will manufacture one million pairs a month in beginning.