From Norwegian cattle to luxury handbag

Photo: Sune Eriksen
Hides and skins

Norwegian cattle hides are world-class and are used in the luxury market for the production of handbags, belts, shoes, and upholstery. The cold Nordic climate and the farmers’ excellent animal care provide a great starting point for the refinement of hides at Norilia's hide and skin processing facility.

Great care results in great quality hides

Norwegian farmers take a good deal of time to make sure that their animals are doing well. Farms are small, and farmers have a lot of knowledge about animal husbandry, with a focus on animal health. Barbed wire is banned in Norwegian fences because this can potentially damage the animal’s skin. This, together with the general absence of horns on Norwegian cattle, is one of the main reasons that Norwegian cattle hides have fewer defects.

Did you know that a single hide can be traced from the farmer all the way to arrival at the tannery?

People that focus on quality

Norilia works actively together with Norwegian slaughterhouses to ensure optimal handling of the hides throughout the process. All Norwegian hides are machine pulled. What makes the Norwegian process unique is that the hides are cooled right after skinning. Employees at Norwegian slaughterhouses, both from Nortura and other slaughterhouses, have exceptional knowledge and skills that contribute to the excellent quality of Norwegian hides. There is a dedicated person who follows up questions about quality at each plant that delivers to Norilia.

Technology and expertise as key factors for refining

Norilia's ultra-modern hide plant at Skjeberg was opened in 2012. Here you can find many technical solutions that are unique for this facility. Heavy lifting and other heavy manual labor have been replaced by technology – with a strong focus on product quality and the well-being of our employees. In addition, almost 99% of the salt used in salting gets recycled, making the process more sustainable. The hide plant is a competence center for quality handling and refinement of hides and skins. Fat trimming is one of the processes used to refine our products. Employees at the hide plant actively participate in competence building in all parts of the value chain. Thanks to our good processes, we can offer both fresh and salted high quality hides to our global customers.

Did you know that Hermès uses Norwegian cattle hides in their "Fjord" leather?

Delivering the quality desired by the luxury goods market

Lars Dørum, who is responsible for the hides and skins at Norilia, says that a single lice bite, smaller than a pin prick, is enough to lower the value of a hide. However, the high percentage of Norwegian hides that get used in the luxury market confirms the high-quality processing of hides in Norway.