• History

    • Farida Group is a family owned business that was founded in 1957 by late Haji Mecca Abdul Majid Sahib at Ambur, Tamil Nadu, India. The first Product was the vegetable tanned (Popularly known as East India Tanned) goat skins.

      In 1960s, fulfilling Abdul Majid Sahib’s vision to move into overseas markets, we became the pioneers in value addition starting with exports of finished leather and shoe uppers to USA, Germany and Italy.

      In mid 1970s, Rafeeque Ahmed Mecca expanded the product line from shoe uppers to complete shoe making. He started operations in Chennai (Madras) and also moved the group headquarters there.

      Farida, today, has expanded to 12 plants in the last five decades.

      For the last forty years, we have primarily targeted the international market. Europe makes up close to 47% of our group sales with Asia Pacific and North Americas each accounting for close to 26-27%.

  • Management

    • Presently, the Farida Group comprises of a private holding company and its 11 subsidiaries. The Board meets regularly to review the strategic framework and policies of the company operations, oversee capital investments, exercise risk and quality management measures, and apply financial and compliance diligence.

      The management

      Chairperson
      Rafeeque Mecca started his career in 1963 under the guidance of Late Haji Mecca Abdul Majid Sahib and took over full control of the business after his father’s demise in 1965. Under his guidance Farida has grown from a tannery to many shoemaking divisions. He was instrumental in diversifying the business by starting upper making factories in late 1960s and then established full shoe making factories in 1980s. He became chairman of the group in the year 1996. He is a distinguished figure in the industry and he has held various notable positions in the different industrial associations in the country.
      Affiliations :

        He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian Award of Republic of India in 2011 for his achievement in Trade and Commerce.

         President – Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

        President - All India Hides and Skins Tanners and Merchants Association, a 95 years old organization – 1999 till date.

        Member - Research Council of Central Leather Research Institute – 2004 till date.

        Chairman - Ambur Economic Development Organization Ltd, Ambur.

        Member - Board of Foreign Trade

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        Vice President – Indian Shoe Federation, Chennai.

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        Regional Chairman Southern - Counsil for Leather Exports.

        Vice President – Indian Finished Leathers Manufacturers & Exporters Association, Chennai.

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