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SYL is providing training on raw material quality to the tanneries of the Vegetable Tanned Yak Leather Cluster in Mongolia

The SYL project, funded by the European Union through the Switch-Asia Grants Programme, of which INESCOP is a partner, aims to support the Mongolian Vegetable Tanned Yak Leather Cluster to improve the circular economy in its production processes.

The SYL project continues with its training activities aimed at improving the production of yak bioleather and bioproducts in Mongolia. On this occasion, the training programme has been developed by INESCOP and consists of 8 units that cover topics such as the peculiarities of yak hides and the different processes to obtain them, among others.

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The Mongolian Leather Industry Association (MALI), in collaboration with other SYL project partners, is delivering this five-day course for the staff of tanneries of the Vegetable Tanned Yak Leather Cluster. In this course, participants will be able to learn different processes to improve the production of hides throughout all the phases of obtaining the raw material (slaughtering, flaying, fleshing, preservation, storage, or transport).

The 31 registered participants are buyers and/or agents, beamhouse supervisors and quality control technicians from some twenty tanneries in and around Ulaanbaatar. The training received is mainly practical and is complemented by theoretical training that instructs them in improvements for both peri- and post-slaughter operations to be adopted by raw material producers.

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The course also addresses the determination of quality in the different sorts and grades of the existing supplies of yak hides. Corrective measures will be presented to improve processes such as fleshing and enhancing the utilisation of waste, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of the cluster by minimising the waste generated.

The inaugural session was held at the Research and Development Institute of Light Industry (RDILI), and the rest of the theoretical and practical sessions are taking place at Ikh Ergelt tannery facilities, both located in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

More info about the project at:


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This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of INESCOP and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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