Over 115 years of tannery in the Dutch epicentre of the leather industry
Rompa Leather has been around for decades and has been an active player in the Dutch – and worldwide – leather industry ever since. Our story is closely intertwined with the heritage of our region, where leather processing has been vital since time immemorial.
We are proud of our rich history and the experience we have built up throughout the years. After all, our consistent product quality and innovative strength is a direct result of our unique past.
Shoemakers set up shop
Shoemaker’s workshops are settling in large numbers in the region of North Brabant. To bring in an extra income in winter, local farmers start supplying these shops by tanning leather at their homes.
First Dutch tannery
In the North Brabant village Langstraat, the very first Dutch tannery starts up production.
The region develops
The trade spreads to other villages and cities in the province of North Brabant. The tanning industries in Eindhoven, Ravenstein and Rijen get off to a quick start.
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The Nederlandsche Stoomleder Fabriek is founded
The Belgian family Gottschalk start their business at Stationstraat 10 in Rijen.
New, cutting-edge facility
As the traditional facilities are demolished and get replaced by a modern factory, the company becomes a prime example of a modern, efficient and large-scale tannery. The site even includes workers’ facilities, such as washing rooms, a rare feature at the time.
Change of ownership
The Rompa family takes over N.V. Nederlandse Stoomleder Fabriek.
In the past N.V. Nederlandse Stoomfabriek mainly focused on the production of sole leathers. But in the middle of the 20th century the company shifted its attention to harness and over-edge leathers. From then on, the tannery rapidly specialized in high-end fashion leathers and high-spec (CEN) leathers.
Rompa Leder BV
N.V. Nederlandse Stoomfabriek is rebranded to Rompa Leder BV.
New, innovative plant
The company innovates again by building a new, ultra-modern tannery at Provinciënbaan in Rijen. The new facilities enable Rompa Leather to continue keep growing and reinvent itself continuously.
Part of the Sopraco Group
Rompa Leather becomes part of the internationally renowned Sopraco Group. This enables Rompa to focus even more strongly on vertical integration, sustainability, traceability and innovation.
Part of the Sopraco Group
Rompa Leather is part of the SOPRACO-GROUP, one of the main suppliers of meat and derived products in Europe. Our group of companies includes, amongs others, cattle farms, feed mills, logistic services, protein technologies, slaughterhouses and leather production facilities.
By anchoring Rompa Leather within this powerful international group, we strengthen our individual business operations and strive to mutually improve our products.