Sense the Difference. With Clariant at All China Leather Fair (ACLE) 2011
Muttenz, – The last six months have witnessed the launch by Clariant of an unprecedented number of new products, all specifically designed to improve the performance and productivity of the leather and footwear sectors. ACLE provides the company with the opportunity to present them in detail to the leather related companies during the 3-day show being held in Shanghai New International Expo Center from September 6-8, 2011. Clariant`s Leather Business comes to the All China Leather Exhibition in Shanghai with a new and enlarged booth under the motto: “Sense the Difference”. Not only the booth looks different — exciting innovations, eye-catching leathers and multimedia tools will be on show, too.
One of the most dramatic innovations has been its EasyWhite Tan, which is setting a new industry standard. This technology has been developed using Clariant’s Granofin® Easy F-90 Liquid, an organic compound that is not based on chrome, phenols or aldehydes. It provides a more environmentally friendly, safer and simplified tanning process that will have major benefits for tanners supplying almost every sector, from automotive leather to footwear. It obviates the necessity to add salt during the tanning process as well as reducing the number of stages in the tanning process itself.
Another highlight in the wet end range is the new waterproofing agent Dermaphob® WA-71, specially developed for high-performance waterproof shoe uppers. The product is highly effective, even with very low offers of application.
In Finishing, the main focus is on more environmentally friendly products and systems, eliminating and/or strongly reducing solvents, combined with the finest aesthetics and high performance. Clariant’s new Aqualen® topcoat systems, including Melio®09-W-66 and Aqualen® Top GC-2033, are designed to generate a wet, pleasant feel combined with excellent wet rub-resistance.
Another example of the company’s approach to improved environmental performance is Aqualen® Top IL, which provides an easy and effective intermediate lacquer for base coated leathers without the use of solvents. The new high gloss aqueous patent topcoat Melio® 09-T-42 is recognized as a breakthrough in water-based finishing systems replacing solvent-based topcoats.
There have also been major developments in the company’s Melio® Aquabase Upgrading Range: Melio® Aquabase M-90 for spatula applications as well as Melio® Aquabase HF for the use on roller coating machines are designed to cover deep defects in leather and which makes them indiscernible after finishing.
Clariant will also be presenting its new Global Color Card – developed in close cooperation with MODEUROP, the Fashion Pool at DSI (Das Schuhinstitut GmbH) – as well as its leather trend booklet Fashion Up!, in preparation for Autumn/Winter 2012-2013.
Clariant’s innovations can be seen on booth D11, hall E6.
Clariant is an internationally active specialty chemical company based in Muttenz near Basel. The group owns over 100 companies worldwide and employed approx. 16,200 employees as of December 31, 2010. In the financial year 2010, Clariant produced a turnover in excess of CHF 7 billion. Clariant is divided into twelve business units: Additives; Catalysis & Energy; Detergents & Intermediates; Emulsions; Functional Materials; Industrial & Consumer Specialties; Leather Services; Masterbatches; Oil & Mining Services; Paper Specialties; Pigments; Textile Chemicals.
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