Scan-Hide is a company founded on the initiative of a group of Danish breeders and slaughter plants who in 1991 joined forces to set up a tannery in Vester Skerninge on Funen, in southern-central Denmark, an area where a district of furniture manufacturers was active and where some small tanneries specialising in leather for furnishing already worked.
The business has grown rapidly and today Scan-Hide calls itself a ‘global market leader’ and supplies thousands of wet blue and wet-white hides of Danish, Swedish and German origin to the best tanneries around the world every year.
Currently the business generates a turnover of around 700 million Danish crowns (about 93 million euro) and employs 135 people in two production plants, one still located in Vester Skerninge in Denmark and another one operating in Falkenberg, Sweden.
The system developed by Scan-Hide implies the complete traceability of each individual skin, from the birth of the animal to the finished product. Its motto is: from farm to sofa/shoe/bag.
“Today the consumer asks for transparency and traceability. We all want to know what we are buying: the values of a product, be it a car, a design armchair or a fashion accessory, is also in its history. We at Scan-Hide want to help customers tell that story by talking about the origin of raw materials, standards compliance for animal welfare, environmental protection and social responsibility”, explains Claus Bay, head of Sales Global.
How does the Scan-hide tracking system work? In the breeding farms with which Scan-Hide works, each animal is identified with a number shown on two tags, one on the left (digital) and one on the right (analogue) ear. This number – also reported in a special register at the Danish Ministry of Agriculture – follows the animal from birth and implies compliance with a code of conduct relating to animal welfare.
The animals that reach slaughter plants connected to Scan-Hide therefore have a unique number to which all the information on the animal is associated, from the place of birth to the slaughterhouse. The hides keep this number up to the tannery where it is digitally acquired by scanning and stored in the system with all the information on each individual hide. At this point, through a laser technology system, each hide is marked with a unique code. “Unlike other identification systems, this code is resistant and remains on the leather throughout the entire tanning and finishing process until the final cut. With this system, we not only allow our customers to trace the origin of each leather but we provide the facts that serve to tell the story to the consumer”, conclude Scan-Hide’s experts.
Worth to say also that Scan-Hide obtained Gold medal (the highest rating) 4 consecutive times in a row by LWG, which is known as a rather complex certification to obtain.