Wetblue Hides

CPC TANNERY

Whilst Cape Produce Company exports limited quantities of its hides wetsalted; the majority of hides purchased are used for our own wetblue plant within the tannery.

Current capacity in the wetblue plant is 72,000t per day (approx 2800 hides); with construction in progress to increase to 105,000t per day (approx 4000 hides)

Wet blue selections are independent of the source that hides originate from. Each hide is individually graded on its own merit and placed into the relevant selection. Wet blue selections are kept extremely simple to ensure consistency for our customers:

1. FULL GRAIN SELECTION

These hides are suitable for the premium Automotive, Shoe Upper and Upholstery industries.
The hides can have minor defects which include light/healed scratches.

2. CORRECTED GRAIN SELECTION

These hides are suitable for any corrected grain material.

South African hides have the following general characteristics:
95% of hides are Ox/Heifer
1/2 small brands on approx. 50% of hides
Small hump on approx. 10% of larger animals only
No grubs
Headless
Short Shanks

CAPE PRODUCE COMPANY OFFERS THE FOLLOWING WETBLUE CATTLE HIDES

FULL GRAIN SELECTION

20ft Containers; Wetblue Bovine Hides, whole unsplit, fleshed and sammed, as follows:

CORRECTED GRAIN SELECTION

20ft Containers; Wetblue Bovine Hides, whole unsplit, fleshed and sammed, as follows:

Note: 3rd Grade, Excessive Flay and Reject hides are removed from all selections and marketed separately.

WETBLUE GRAINS

Any of the wetblue hide selections can also be split to a customer’s specific substance requirements
• Hides are split in the blue on 1 of 2 new Mosconi Super Zenit  machines offering accurate and consistent substance at all times. All substance measurements are automatically checked by the latest GER Selevision technology.

DROP SPLITS

Drop Splits are offered as follows; ex Machine Flayed Hides, Untrimmed, Tannery Run Selection
• Wetblue Drop Splits, Average Weight 0-5kg, 5-9kg, 9-12kg or 12kg+

WETBLUE TANNAGE

Chrome content: 3.8 – 4.2
Ph: 3.5 – 4.2
Shrinkage temp: above 100 0C
Moisture content: 55 – 58%
Fats Oils & Greases
(FOG): < 2