HISTORY

Over fifty years of experience in manufacturing and marketing of tanned hides
for shoes and leather goods.

History

A TOTALLY ITALIAN CAPACITY
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Antiba S.p.a. was established in 1987; its operational headquarters are in Via Toscana, 11, Santa Croce Sull’Arno, Pisa. The core business of the company is the planning, production and sale of chrome and vegetable tanned cow, sheep and goat hides to make footwear and leather goods. An SME aimed at the high-end market for fashion items.
Antiba started out as a family enterprise set up by Mario Balducci, one of the founders of the ARNO group, in the early 1950s. Having inherited their father’s instinct for innovation, his sons Graziano and Paolo continued the tanning tradition and set up Antiba in 1987.
A totally Italian capacity for taking the cherished values of century-old history and tradition and steering them in a totally new direction towards the future, combining innovation with tradition in a seamless blend of the past and the present that is both ingenious and creative.

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INNOVATIVE THINKING
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The highly innovative and progressive thinking of the Balducci family soon led to rapid increase in activity on the national and international markets, and a new phase of continuous and sustained development began in 1987.
The first major step was taken in 1998 with the opening of the Prime tannery in India, at Ranipet (Madras), to purchase raw materials and thus establish control over the entire production process. Since 2002 Prime has been given its own production capacity to supply the oriental market. All skins for leather goods are thus sent untreated to Europe, and the rest are prepared for Asian markets.
That same year, a branch was also opened in China with 10 employees, to support companies in the Antiba group.


COMPANY TIME LINE
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1987
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In 1987 Graziano and Paolo Balducci founded ANTIBA assimilated the innovative concepts of the father continues the tanning tradition.

1998
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The first major step was taken in 1998 with the opening of the Prime tannery in India, at Ranipet (Madras), to purchase raw materials and thus establish control over the entire production process. Since 2002 Prime has been given its own production capacity to supply the oriental market. All skins for leather goods are thus sent untreated to Europe, and the rest are prepared for Asian markets.
That same year, a branch was also opened in China with 10 employees, to support companies in the Antiba group.

2006
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In 2006 a joint venture with the Sciarada tannery gave rise to SCINTAN, also based in Ranipet, to acquire high quality split leather in India and market it in Asian countries.

2010
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In 2010 Vertigo was opened to expand purchasing potential of raw material based on traceability.
Be Antiba was set up in 2010 to handle production and marketing of calfskin products of a primarily decorative, customised type, until 2013 when the footwear sector was rapidly developed.

2012
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The second joint venture, with the Cristina di Arzignano tannery, was undertaken in 2012, and Cristina India was set up to process calfskin from India.
In 2012 Vertigo trading was set up for the Asian market.

2015
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In 2015 ALT (Advanced Leather Technology Finishing) was created; a tannery devoted to a new type of treatment for high performance products, which increases the physical and mechanical aspects of the process to produce top-quality hides that are hard-wearing and ecological sustainable, thus enhancing the performance of the end product.