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LANXESS: Better understanding of the material leather

Expert seminar for the leather and textile industry: With this informational event, LANXESS wants to give brand manufacturers and other industrial sectors a deeper understanding of the origins of leather as a material. Photo: LANXESS AG
Expert seminar for the leather and textile industry: With this informational event, LANXESS wants to give brand manufacturers and other industrial sectors a deeper understanding of the origins of leather as a material. Photo: LANXESS AG
  • Specialty chemicals company hosts seminar for the leather industry
  • Information on chemical and physical properties
  • Use of chemicals and risk assessment
  • Modular plant concept for the recycling of leather shavings

Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has once again hosted a symposium devoted to the industry using leather as component substrate. According to the company’s commitment to better engage brands and other stakeholders in the industry to support leather as a valued material, the overall objective was to provide a better understanding of the leather material to brands – especially with regard to the use of chemicals.

The symposium, which took place at the company’s headquarters in Cologne from 11 to 12 January 2018 and was held for the third time, was attended by around 70 representatives of leading brand manufacturers from the apparel industry and certification institutes.

After the welcoming address by Luis López Remón, head of LANXESS’s Leather business unit, numerous experts from the leather industry gave top-class speeches on the subject of leather. Dr. Volker Rabe, Head of Technical Product Management for Tanning at LANXESS, explained the physical and chemical properties of this extraordinary material as well as the different stages of the production process. Victoria Addy from the British BLC Leather Technology Centre provided an overview of the risk assessment and the current efforts to make the leather industry obligatory for a responsible use of the chemicals used. Dr. Martin Kleban, the HSEQ representative in LANXESS’s Leather business unit, held a presentation on special properties such as water vapour permeability, hydrophobicity and flame retardance. The behavior of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) was also discussed. Further presentations dealt with the conservation of leather to protect it from fungal attack and its classification in comparison with other materials, especially in terms of sustainability.

At the end of the event, Dr. Dietrich Tegtmeyer, who is responsible at LANXESS for the global development of crusting and leather industry relations, presented an innovative technology for the recycling of leather shavings in leather production. With the project “Resource-efficient production of leather chemicals” (ReeL), he presented a modular, fully networked plant concept for the production of X-biomer retanning agents directly in the tannery, thus giving a foretaste of the leather production of the future.

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This company release contains certain forward-looking statements, including assumptions, opinions, expectations and views of the company or cited from third party sources. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause the actual results, financial position, development or performance of LANXESS AG to differ materially from the estimations expressed or implied herein. LANXESS AG does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this presentation or the actual occurrence of the forecast developments. No representation or warranty (expressed or implied) is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, any information, estimates, targets and opinions, contained herein, and no liability whatsoever is accepted as to any errors, omissions or misstatements contained herein, and accordingly, no representative of LANXESS AG or any of its affiliated companies or any of such person’s officers, directors or employees accept any liability whatsoever arising directly or indirectly from the use of this document.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.7 billion in 2016 and about 19,200 employees in 25 countries. The company is currently represented at 74 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

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