15 - Manufacture of leather and related products

This Chapter has been extracted from the ONS Explanatory Notes and provides a more detailed explanation of possible activities that could fall within the SIC Codes related to the Chapter.

This division includes dressing and dyeing of fur and the transformation of hides into leather by tanning or curing and fabricating the leather into products for final consumption. It also includes the manufacture of similar products from other materials (imitation leathers or leather substitutes), such as rubber footwear, textile luggage etc. The products made from leather substitutes are included here, since they are made in ways similar to those in which leather products are made (e.g. luggage) and are often produced in the same unit.

15.1 Tanning and dressing of leather; manufacture of luggage, handbags, saddlery and harness; dressing and dyeing of fur

This group includes the manufacture of leather and fur and products thereof.

15.11 Tanning and dressing of leather; dressing and dyeing of fur

This class includes:
- tanning, dyeing and dressing of hides and skins
- manufacture of chamois dressed, parchment dressed, patent or metallised leathers
- manufacture of composition leather
- scraping, shearing, plucking, currying, tanning, bleaching, and dyeing of fur skins and hides with the hair on

This class excludes:
- production of hides and skins as part of livestock farming, see 01.4
- production of hides and skins as part of slaughtering, see 10.11
- manufacture of leather apparel, see 14.11
- manufacture of imitation leather not based on natural leather, see 22.19, 22.29

15.12 Manufacture of luggage, handbags and the like, saddlery and harness

This class includes:
- manufacture of luggage, handbags and the like, of leather, composition leather or any other material, such as plastic sheeting, textile materials, vulcanised fibre or paperboard, where the same technology is used as for leather
- manufacture of saddlery and harness
- manufacture of non-metallic watch bands (e.g. fabric, leather, plastic)
- manufacture of diverse articles of leather or composition leather: driving belts, packings etc.
- manufacture of shoe-lace, of leather
- manufacture of horse whips and riding crops

This class excludes:
- manufacture of leather wearing apparel, see 14.11
- manufacture of leather gloves and hats, see 14.19
- manufacture of footwear, see 15.20
- manufacture of saddles for bicycles, see 30.92
- manufacture of precious metal watch bands, see 32.12
- manufacture of non-precious metal watch bands, see 32.13
- manufacture of linemen's safety belts and other belts for occupational use, see 32.99

15.2 Manufacture of footwear

15.20 Manufacture of footwear

This class includes:
- manufacture of footwear for all purposes, of any material, by any process, including moulding (see below for exceptions)
- manufacture of leather parts of footwear: manufacture of uppers and parts of uppers, outer and inner oles, heels etc.
- manufacture of gaiters, leggings and similar articles

This class excludes:
- manufacture of footwear of textile material without applied soles, see 14.19
- manufacture of wooden shoe parts (e.g. heels and lasts), see 16.29
- manufacture of rubber boot and shoe heels and soles and other rubber footwear parts, see 22.19
- manufacture of plastic footwear parts, see 22.29
- manufacture of ski boots, see 32.30
- manufacture of orthopaedic shoes, see 32.50


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