Last year, the Mongolian government implemented new policies stating that raw hides can no longer be exported. Accordingly the export of untanned hides is illegal. This is good news for the leather sector in Mongolia since foreign buyers now no longer have easy access to cheap skins but will need to invest in tanned and higher valued leathers. For buyers and sellers of horse hides it was not directly good news. The tanning of horse skins requires specific skills which were lacking in the country. Tanneries represented by the Leather Association approached MiM and requested to find the necessary expertise to learn to process horse skins. In September this year, the first horse hides have been tanned in Mongolia and turned into impressive and beautiful leathers with support of STAHL technicians.