Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2731

Short Communication

Preparation of value added composite sheet from solid waste leather - A prototype design

Teklay A.
  • Teklay A.
  • Ethiopian Leather Industry Development Institute (LIDI), Leather Manufacturing Technology Directorate, Addis Ababa, P. O. Box 5, Code 1058, Ethiopia.
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Gebeyehu G.
  • Gebeyehu G.
  • Department of Animal Production Studies, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture, Addis Ababa University, P. O. Box 34, Ethiopia.
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Getachew T.
  • Getachew T.
  • Department of Pathology and Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture, Addis Ababa University, P. O. Box 34, Ethiopia.
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Yaynshet T.
  • Yaynshet T.
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders (LIVES), P. O. Box 1924 Mekelle, Ethiopia.
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Inbasekaran S.
  • Inbasekaran S.
  • Biological Materials Lab, Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai-20, India.
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Sastry T. P.
  • Sastry T. P.
  • Biological Materials Lab, Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai-20, India.
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  •  Received: 10 November 2017
  •  Accepted: 13 December 2017
  •  Published: 30 January 2018

Abstract

Leather sector in Ethiopia is blessed with huge livestock resource which serves as source of raw material (hides and skin), cheap and highly disciplined workforce, cheap cost of doing business, significant international comparative advantages, investment incentives, and custom duty exemption. This industry remains a supplier of low value added, semi- processed hides and skin to the international market. leather sheet of wonderful strength (9.84±0.16 MPa) and very reasonable elongation at break (31.40%) having amenable use was prepared and the production of this value added products from waste material is a reasonable task of the time that scholars should do as it can serve as means of income besides its advantage to reduce environmental pollution specially in countries like Ethiopia which, have untapped solid waste leather resource.

Key words: Solid waste, leather fiber, latex, Ethiopia.