MISSION

Our long-term goal is to strengthen our established leadership (both in terms of size and service) in the national market in the trade of leather lining for footwear – with particular focus on the medium/high-end segments of the reference market – and, at the same time, consolidate the position gained in the broader European area over our 70 years of activity (1953, the year of our foundation).

On the front of extra-European areas, instead, we intend to further develop our presence and acquire increasingly larger market shares.

We always look with great interest and dynamism at the new manufacturing areas targeted by national footwear producers or, in any case, at any industrial district where the widest global production is concentrated: this leads us to have no boundaries regarding the scope of our exports, which have always and continuously taken place in all countries of the world.

HISTORY

CONCERIA TIRRENA was founded in 1953 by Romano Giordani (passed away in 2022), and today, due to a generational transition and change within the Giordani family (particularly in favor of Romano’s children: Mario and Donatella), it is a leading company in Europe in the sale of linings and leather for footwear.

The spirit of initiative, which still characterizes and inspires the entrepreneurial actions of the company, began in the post-war period and on the eve of the economic boom, starting from Torre San Patrizio (in the province of Fermo, in the Marche region), initially focusing on the trade of sheepskin linings purchased in the (then) only national tanning districts: those in Milan, Verona/Vicenza, and Campania/Avellino.”

In the early 1960s, the company moved to Montegranaro, in the heart of the footwear district of Fermo/Macerata (where it remained until the early 1990s), a true forge and vital hub of manufacturing and entrepreneurial fervor in the healthiest tradition of Marche’s industriousness.

Following the overwhelming growth of the footwear sector in those years, the true development (both in size and commercial terms) of the company began, managing an initial processing plant for semi-finished products and introducing a range of swine-derived articles into its catalog, which soon became the flagship products of the entire market offering until the first decade of the new millennium.

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The Giordafin group and its perspectives

Both operating companies, CONCERIA TIRRENA and AL.VI.PEL., in addition to being holders of certifications from the Leather Working Group (LWG), are under the control of GIORDAFIN S.p.A., a holding company with direct family Giordani references, which has held a public rating of economic and financial reliability issued annually by the specialized company CERVED RATING since 2016. The current credit rating assigned to the Group is in the B.1.1 category (i.e., within the so-called “investment grade” reference).

With consolidated revenues approaching €50 million, of which approximately 15% are destined for the Export segment (2022 data), the GIORDAFIN Group is now the leading purely commercial operator in the European market for footwear linings, thanks to a strong ability to evolve and an obsessive attention to meeting the constantly changing and “in progress” needs of its customers.

The development and achievement of increasingly satisfying goals are ensured by critical success factors that CONCERIA TIRRENA and its Group place at the center of every decision and every new initiative:

  • Constant expansion of the range of items offered (both in terms of type and color) and continuous product innovation;
  • Maniacal and pervasive attention to quality control of traded goods, both at the source and at the destination, thanks also to the various offices and technical staff that the company has deployed in the main production areas of the world;
  • Extensive commercial presence in the Italian/European market and strengthening of presence in emerging markets, also thanks to active participation in major industry fairs, in Italy and worldwide;
  • Continuous adaptation of the organizational structure to new development objectives;
  • Constant and continuous strengthening of assets, resulting in financial independence and decision-making autonomy, essential characteristics in contexts of often very “fluid” and volatile supply;
  • Continuous investment in process optimization and streamlining of procedures, thanks to fully integrated and automated management and control systems (both logistical and informational), both in operational and administrative/accounting areas (operational activities fully shared and aligned for each of the operating companies in the Group).
Quality control

Quality control

Conceria Tirrena S.p.A. bases its philosophy on clear and essential concepts, summarizing the commitment and passion employed over more than 60 years: sourcing of raw materials, prestige of materials, product excellence, customer satisfaction. Quality control in the laboratory is based on these principles, which includes evaluating mechanical stress resistance, measuring color fastness to external agents, and determining chemical parameters in correlation with consumer health and safety requirements.

 

1 – VISUAL INSPECTION

Visual Inspection consists of verifying that the hides meet the standards of color, thickness, and all the fundamental visual characteristics to ensure they are suitable for shipment. This phase serves to test the main structural characteristics of the hides as well as to evaluate and improve various production processes.

2 – MECHANICAL INSPECTION

Mechanical inspection involves a series of sample checks that, depending on the situations, use different techniques.

Tests for the physical-mechanical characterization of leathers for uppers and linings:

  • Thickness measurements
  • Water absorption measurements
  • Contraction temperature measurements
  • Tear resistance determination
  • Determination of breaking load and percentage elongation
  • Determination of resistance to repeated flexing
  • Determination of water vapor permeability
  • Determination of abrasion resistance
  • Determination of seam strength
  • Determination of water absorption/deabsorption
  • Determination of dynamic impermeability
  • Color fastness to perspiration
  • Color fastness to rubbing
  • Color fastness to water droplets

3 – CHEMICAL INSPECTION

Each batch of goods marketed by Conceria Tirrena S.p.A. is tested multiple times both upstream and downstream of the tanning process to ensure compliance with the latest REACH regulations.

Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, known as REACH, is an integrated regulation for the registration, evaluation, and authorization of chemicals, aiming to ensure a higher level of protection for human health and the environment, while also aspiring to maintain and strengthen the competitiveness and innovative capacity of the European chemical industry.

Definitions (REACh-Dir. 67/548 EEC)

Chemical substances:

These are chemical elements and their compounds, in their natural state or obtained by any production process, containing the additives necessary to preserve the stability of the product and the impurities resulting from the process used, excluding solvents that can be separated without affecting the stability of the substance and without altering its composition.

Some substances may be present because they are commonly used in the production cycle or used for leather production in countries where there are no usage restrictions. Their concentration in the final product must therefore be lower than the limit prescribed by law. It is therefore necessary to distinguish between prohibited substances and permitted substances subject to limitations.

Which substances are subject to restrictions in leather?

All those recognized as extremely harmful to human health, for example: toxic, carcinogenic, dangerous to the environment. While previously only manufacturers (provided they placed the substance on the European market) and importers of new chemical substances had to undertake complex substance notification procedures, today the Regulation also involves: manufacturers of substances not placed on the market; manufacturers and importers of existing substances; downstream users of chemical substances.

AZO DYES

PENTACHLOROPHENOL (PCP) AND CHLOROPHENOLS (TRI- AND TETRACHLOROPHENOL)

HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM (Chromium VI)

FORMALDEHYDE

Certification Bodies:

  • SGS
  • TUV
  • SCAMSNVC

Sustainable Headquarters and Renewable Energy Sources

Conceria Tirrena S.p.A. confirms its commitment to environmental sustainability by obtaining the LWG Approved Trader certification in 2020, designed and promoted by the Leather Working Group to identify best practices in the tanning industry internationally.

LWG Environmental Protocol: This involves an auditing process focusing on ethics, environmental compliance, and safety in leather processing.

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The company, at its headquarters in Civitanova Marche, meets almost all of its energy needs through a 379 KW photovoltaic system installed on the roof of its warehouses.

The offices are equipped with a cooling and heating system that utilizes thermodynamic principles known as ‘cool beams’, which have a low environmental impact and provide a high level of comfort for employees.

Energy-saving electrical system: The electrical system, renovated in 2020, is configured with motion sensors and low-consumption lighting fixtures, allowing for energy savings of up to 60% compared to traditional consumption.

The company is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery for the automatic packaging of leather and pallets. The result is reduced plastic usage in packaging and increased physical integrity protection for warehouse workers.

Research and development of ‘green’ products

The company selects its subcontractors and raw material suppliers through careful auditing aimed not only at the quality of materials but also at compliance with environmental standards and safety processes. As evidence of a continuous search for new frontiers in sustainability, the company offers its customers a wide range of chrome-free, metal-free, and vegetable-tanned ecological leathers. Each individual leather is traced upstream of the production chain through an integrated information system installed at the premises of our subcontractors and suppliers. The company periodically provides training courses to its employees regarding workplace safety as well as the development of new materials and processing techniques in the tanning industry.

Tirrena for Social

Principles and values: The Giordani family has always been attentive to social issues, committing to support both local initiatives and international non-profit organizations through periodic donations to associations such as Amref, Save the Children, Telethon, Croce Verde, FISM, Doctors Without Borders, AIRC, Lega del Filo d’Oro, and UNICEF.

Marche Earthquake 2016: Funds were allocated for the purchase of food and heating systems for those affected by the tragic earthquake in 2016.

Torre S. Patrizio Church: Contribution to the renovation of the Church of Roses in Torre San Patrizio.

Adopted Children: Since 1997, collaboration with the Salesians of Don Bosco for long-distance adoption of children in Ethiopia and in third world countries.

CONTACTS

CONCERIA TIRRENA S.p.A.

Via Sonnino, 41
Civitanova Marche (MC)
62012, ITALIA

info@conceriatirrena.com
sales@conceriatirrena.com

Tel: +39 0733 8255.11

In the following decade (in the 1970s), the range of products – as well as turnover – was further expanded, covering even linings of ovine-caprine and bovine origin. It was during this period (precisely in 1973) that the legal entity (CONCERIA TIRRENA S.p.A.) was founded, in whose capacity the company still conducts its business today.

The second half of the 1980s saw the entry into the company of the second generation of the Giordani family, first with Mario and then with his sister Donatella, who still operate with enthusiasm and increasing commitment to consolidating and expanding the commercial and financial strength built over the long years of activity.

In 1992, the company then moved to Civitanova Marche (MC), where the legal and operational headquarters are still located today, in a territory even more economically central compared to the growing industrial and productive weight that the footwear industry in the Macerata area was assuming in those years. Almost simultaneously with the creation of the new Civitanova structure, all activities involving direct transformation of the product (the actual tanning process) were discontinued, and CONCERIA TIRRENA assumed its final profile as a transformer (through a robust network of external workshops and subcontractors) and above all as a commercial trader on a global scale, for which service and availability of goods in stock became decisive factors – sometimes even more so than the product itself! – for a profitable, lasting, and pervasive market presence.

It is during this period that industry operators had to deal with the most stringent, impactful, and binding environmental and consumer protection issues (as it is known, the leather and tanning sector are areas of extremely high criticality in this regard). Furthermore, during this period, the company’s commercial sector was faced with the phenomenon of relocation of production activities in the footwear sector, increasingly oriented towards developing countries, especially those in Eastern Europe and Asia.

On both fronts, CONCERIA TIRRENA established specific internal operating units dedicated to addressing both the technical/chemical issues concerning the marketed product (with a dedicated and professionalized Technical Office) and the better management of any customs and logistical needs for the introduction of goods into the European Community and their subsequent exportation (with a dedicated Import Office for procurement and specialized strategic areas for the Italy and Foreign Sales departments on the sales side).

Since the beginning of the second decade of the 2000s, following the consolidated growth in size and the parallel strengthening of assets, the company has gradually introduced some “variations on the theme” from a commercial offering standpoint, alongside the traditional and entrenched lining offer, some innovative and appealing commercial proposals aimed at the related – but very different – segment of “upper leathers”, always managed with the perspective of service and proximity to the customer already consolidated in the vast commercial experiences of the past.

In 2016, CONCERIA TIRRENA introduced some process innovations aimed at streamlining and reducing times and formalities in the handling of goods, initially with the operations of the so-called “domiciled procedure” on the import and export side, which it carried out for its own customers, and subsequently receiving AEO certification (Authorized Economic Operator), the reference customs status for the main European economic activities.

In 2020, just before the “perfect storm” of COVID-19, the company took its first major step of “exogenous growth”, i.e., not directly linked to commercial development in the strict sense (which in the meantime was increasingly focused and for gradually increasing portions of revenue on the major fashion and luxury houses), but resulting from the acquisition of the main competitor precisely in the “premium” clientele segment of the luxury sector, with very high specialization in product, quality, and service in ovine-caprine-derived leathers (goats and crosses): AL.VI.PEL. S.r.l., a company with operational headquarters in Turbigo, in the province of Milan, within one of the reference tanning districts of the national leather industry chain, a company that CONCERIA TIRRENA now fully controls

What are they?

Azo dyes contain various types of azo groups (-N=N-) linked to aromatic groups. There are several hundred azo dyes, but only those that can degrade to form prohibited aromatic amines are subject to restriction (in fact, it is a form of indirect restriction). Aromatic amines are a type of chemical substance generated mainly in the production of dyes and coloring pigments for fabrics, leather, paper, and rubber industry. The most important aromatic amines include benzidine, 4-aminobiphenyl, 2-naphthylamine, and orthotoluidine.

Where are they found?

They can also be present in dyes as shades.

Cause of Restriction:

Some azo dyes can degrade to form prohibited amines.

Regulatory Reference:

In Europe Directive 27-7-1976 No. 76/769/CEEXIX amendment – Azo dyes (Directive 2002/61/EC) Appendix 8 point 43 REACH Annex XVII substances subject to restriction. Prohibition of placing on the market of azo dyes that can form prohibited aromatic amines. In Italy UNI 10594 – Characteristics and requirements of leather for the footwear industry. UNI 10826 – Characteristics and requirements of leather for the leather goods and accessories industry.

Which Method?

EN ISO 17234. The ISO method is the result of a European research project aimed at improving the repeatability and reproducibility of the analysis, which has always been problematic.

Limit:

< 30 mg/kg using EN ISO 17234 method.

What are they?

Chlorophenols are chlorinated organic compounds used as preservatives for leather.

Where are they found?

They are used as antifungal agents in textiles, leather, and some wood products.

Cause of Restriction:

PCP is a persistent substance in the environment, can have effects on human health, and is toxic to the aquatic environment. Additionally, the combustion products of pentachlorophenol can be toxic.

Regulatory Reference:

In Europe: it cannot be used in concentrations exceeding 0.5 mg/kg (sum) in substances or preparations placed on the market. In Italy, UNI 10594 – Characteristics and requirements of leather for the footwear industry. UNI 10826 – Characteristics and requirements of leather for the leather goods and accessories industry.

Limit:

0.5 mg/kg (sum) < 5 mg/kg with method: EN ISO 17070:2007.

What is it?

Chromium is a metal that can occur as a salt in metallic or oxidized form (III) and (VI). The restriction concerns only the (VI) form. Chromium (VI) is not normally present in leather.

Where is it found?

Chromium (VI) salts may be present in pigments or as additives in dyes or fixatives. In some cases, depending on the pH and in the presence of particular substances (greases), it can form in leather through the oxidation of chromium (III).

Cause of Restriction:

Chromium (VI) and its salts are considered carcinogenic.

Regulatory Reference:

In Germany, Eighteenth Amendment to the LBGV, August 3, 2010. In Italy: UNI 10594 – Characteristics and requirements of leather for the footwear industry. UNI 10826 – Characteristics and requirements of leather for the leather goods and accessories industry.

Limit:

< 3 mg/kg with method EN ISO 17075.

What is it?

Formaldehyde is an organic compound widely used as a preservative (formalin) and as an anti-mold agent.

Where is it found?

It can be used as a fixing agent for fabrics, as a component for glues and adhesives, and as a preservative for paints and varnishes. It is also present in wood panels (such as Masonite or plywood). In the tanning process, it can be found as a substance for the cross-linking of casein, in resins; it is often found as a by-product (and therefore as a “cut”) in synthetic tannins. Formaldehyde can be used, provided that it is used safely. The restriction concerns free formaldehyde (which can be released) and not bound formaldehyde.

Cause of Restriction:

Formaldehyde is an irritant to the eyes and skin. It is considered a potential mutagen and carcinogen for the eyes, nose, and lungs, although there are not enough studies to support this.

Regulatory Reference:

In Germany, Chemikalien Verbotsverordnung – May 2003; Poland, Finland, Norway, France, Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania. In Italy: UNI 10594 – Characteristics and requirements of leather for the footwear industry. UNI 10826 – Characteristics and requirements of leather for the leather goods and accessories industry.

Limits:

75 mg/kg

Which Method?

It is preferred to refer to method EN ISO 17226-1 (colorimetric) and EN ISO 17226-2 (HPLC), in order to promote a culture of international standardization, avoiding references to often outdated national standards.

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