Our Company

We cultivate values such as commitment, partnership and fairness and combine these with innovation and quality.



Nature - our most valuable commodity
Leather has been a feature of human life for thousands of years. Our work as a tannery is part of a natural cycle. Skins and hides, which occur as a by-product of meat production, are given a useful purpose thanks to leather production. The concept of sustainability is an fundamental component of our activity.

We are certain that first-class quality can only be achieved through consistent economic and ecological behavior. It is this belief which drives us to combine environmental protection and efficiency as effectively as possible. We design production processes so as to ensure they fulfil their purpose safely and with the lowest possible impact on the environment. Careful treatment of natural resources is also a given for us.


Marcus Brinkmann

Marcus Brinkman is a graduate in business studies and has been working with SÜDLEDER since 2016. Previously, he held various positions including spending 15 years with a manufacturer of automotive leather as business director and managing director. He began his professional career at an international auditing company.

Company history

  • 2016

    Baton hand over to management

    LWG Environmental Stewardship Audit recertification

    Production in the new hall started in May

  • 2015

    Start of construction: Crust extension

    Certification according to DIN EN 50001

  • 2014

    First LWG Environmental certification

    Stewardship Audit

  • 2013

    Official commissioning of the BioEnergieAnlage (bioenergy plant) (BEA)

  • 2012

    Start of construction of the BioEnergieAnlage (bioenergy plant) (BEA) final target: SÜDLEDER becomes energy self-sufficient

    The set milestone is reached. Test run of the plant is successful - the first energy flows.

  • 2011

    Laying the new media cables for process water and gas

    Approval from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) for funding of the company’s own BioEnergieAnlage (bioenergy plant) (BEA)

  • 2010

    Recertification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008

  • 2007

    Commissioning of the new energy headquarters and glue stock processing

  • 2003

    Capacity extension ProzessWasseraufbereitungsAnlage (process water treatment system (PWA) - innovative pressing technology

  • 2001

    Extension of hall and storage areas for improved processing of by-products

  • 1997 - 1999

    New construction of storage and production factories

  • 1995

    Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001:1994

  • 1986

    Purchase of the sewage treatment plant of the city of Rehau for use as the ProzessWasseraufbereitungsAnlage (process water treatment system) (PWA) for SÜDLEDER

  • 1984

    Purchase of the company J. Linhardt and E. Linhardt (factory 1 and factory 2)

  • 1979

    Foundation of the company SÜDLEDER at the traditional site in Rehau

Our location

Rehau - a leather city with a long tradition and future
The SÜDLEDER company history began in 1979 in Rehau, northeast Bavaria. Even today, we remain true to our roots, as Rehau offers the perfect logistical prerequisites for raw material supply and delivery of SÜDLEDER products.

However, the superb infrastructure is not the only plus point of this industrial city in the heart of nature. Tanning has a long tradition in Rehau. The people who live and work here are descended from ancestors who were already masters of their trade. We strive to preserve the knowledge handed down to us and pass this on from generation to generation, to ensure the future of tanning.

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