Otanka S.A. was established
It was registered in the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in 1986.
The company started its activity, in 1977 in the USA, selling machinery
and equipment for the leather industry from Canada to Argentina the
whole Americas, including the United States.
In beginning 1979 business shifted to Asia, where we started to visit
and supply machinery to Thailand-Indonesia - Malaysia - Singapore.
Visits were done on regular basis, and as from the beginning of the
1980 we started to work for the South-Korean leather industry in the
area of Seoul and Busan.
Since that date, we specialised in serving the Korean leather industry,
supplying Italian tanning machines from various suppliers: Fratelli
Carlessi spa - Industria Meccanica 3P snc - Incoma spa - Bergi-OFB
spa - Rizzi spa - Mostardini - Ficini - Emmezeta - CM spa and so on.
The Korean leather industry found its boom in the late eighties early
nineties, and we took a share of that boom, especially when the new
industrial zone in Banwol was founded. It required the move of several
Korean tanneries to the industrial facility, which we took part in
supplying a fairly good share of Italian machinery.
We do not want to forget the Busan market of the split leathers and
shoe uppers tanneries. We supplied most of the machinery and equipment
of Nam Chung Co Ltd supported by Serim machinery in Busan for the
after-sales services, and maintenance of the machinery.
Now that a major number of Korean tanners went out of business due
to the I.M.F crisis, some tanners moved to China and specially to
the Qingdao area, we took a part also in this move, in the mean time,
korean machinery manufacturers are getting more and more important
on the market, so that the machinery import since few years is slowing
down a lot remaining only: new technology machines and labour saving
equipment and machinery.
In January 2000, we started a new line of business, and namely selling
chemicals and technology for the Korean tanners, in producing their
leathers in the best way caring about ecology, and pollution. We supply,
besides the usual machinery for the tanneries, chemicals for the wet-section
We have a team of leather specialists, and chemists, working closely
with us and we are supported by few chemical manufacturers, and Italian
tanners in the very well known area of Arzignano (Vicenza), and Santa-Croce
Lately we came into an agreement with the leading water jet cutting
system, machinery manufacturer EXPERT SYSTEMTECHNIK GmbH Bielefeld Germany.
We provide them with all assistance in the leather industry
in general: automotive, upholstery ecc. sales, service maintenance
and spare parts .We hope in a fruitfull and successfull cooperation
in EUROPE, U.S.A. and ASIA.
We hope to have given you some informations on our organization.
We have offices in Switzerland, USA, Korea (Seoul and Busan).