The Otto Bader Horse Leather Factory was established in 1872 in Göppingen as a shoe leather tannery, which later specialized in the production of furniture upholstery leather. This laid the “cornerstone” for today’s leading leather producer in the global automotive market. Quality handcrafting and the highest standards in workmanship and material are more than just long-standing traditions at BADER. These are the guiding principles and values held by the Bader Family and today, the company is operated by the fourth and fifth generations.
BADER has a staff of 11,300 employees at 14 state-of-the-art facilities located on five continents. A total of approximately 16,750 cattle hides are processed to automotive leather on a daily basis. Here, innovative ideas are transformed into designs, products and processes are researched and developed, and leather hides, die cut components, and seat covers are produced.
Many things have changed at BADER over the course of time, however, our passion for producing premium leather has remained constant since 1872.