Almost all of our hides originate from large, licensed European Community abattoirs. We have also provided most of the smaller abattoirs in the last few years with skinning machines allowing them to improve and reach their best quality raw merchandise.
Our fresh hides derived from cattle and sheep become one of the following seven basic selections.
Chilled and wet salted hides are our traditional products and consist today, as they have in the past, of a large part of our production. The trim (headless, short shanked) and the sorting of hides is in accordance with the well known high quality standards of Germany.
1. Chilled hides
Fresh, chilled hides are for direct sale to our central European customers. Chilling plants are at our disposal where the hides are air-chilled down to 2°C and then transported without additional preservation to tanners within continental Europe. Chilled uncured hides reduce labour, time, part of the quality risk and the amount of waste water during processing and water use in tanning.
2. Wet salted conventional hides
Wet salted conventional hides are for sale to customers worldwide. Traditionally, hides have been wet salted. This tradition is continued at Sturm where they are put in salt for 10-14 days of penetration and then packed on to pallets.