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BASF publishes new book on the manufacture of leather


* 350 pages covering the latest research and specialist literature
* Recognized team of expert authors

“From collagen to leather” is the title of a new almost 350 pages book published in English by BASF. Employees of the leather department at BASF assisted Professor Günther Reich, the eminent collagen scientist and former head of the Research Institute Leder- und Kunststoffbahnen (FILK) in Freiberg/Germany in writing it.

“Collagen is the basic ingredient of leather made from the skin of vertebrates. The aim of this book is to explain the chemical modifications collagen undergoes during the transformation into leather to scientists who wish to familiarize themselves with the manufacture of leather”, said Dr. Tilman Taeger, who is responsible for innovation in the leather department at BASF. The book is divided up into several chapters that cover the latest scientific research as well as a comprehensive survey of the existing literature, that can be valuable in the development of new technologies and new products in the leather industry.

The leather department at BASF has again demonstrated its leading role in the field of specialist literature. “From collagen to leather” is not the only book that has been published. “Possible defects in leather production” and the “Pocket Book for the Leather Technologist” have also appeared in print. They have been published in different languages including Chinese and they are very popular with leather technicians all over the world.


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