Farida Group is a family owned business that was founded in 1957 by late Haji Mecca Abdul Majid Sahib at Ambur for finished leather to be sold initially in the domestic market.
In 1960s, fulfilling Abdul Majid Sahib’s vision to move into overseas markets, we became the pioneers in import substitution starting with exports of finished leather and shoe uppers to USA, Germany and Italy.
In mid 1970s, Rafeeque Ahmed Mecca expanded the scope of product line from shoe uppers to complete shoe making. He started operations in Chennai (Madras) and also moved the group headquarters there.
What started off as a small unit in Ambur, Farida, today, has expanded to 12 plants in the last five decades making us self sufficient in sourcing of raw materials like finished leather and other shoe components and sub-assemblies from our very own subsidiaries.
The establishment of the subsidiary plants close to the shoe manufacturing units helps our companies to keep inventory at a minimum and follow the Just-in-Time supply method.
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%.
We currently employ 7,000 people directly and almost double the number of people benefit through indirect employment from Farida Group by providing components, sub-assemblies and services that are solely dependent on the volume of our shoe manufacturing units.