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Bio based material artificial leather fabric from Flokser
Jun '15
Flokser Group, a producer of leather and suede fabrics has developed an innovative artificial leather fabric using bio based materials from DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products and BioAmber.

A BioAmber press release informed that Flokser has launched this new synthetic leather fabric under its Sertex brand.

The novel fabric comprises a polyester polyol made from BioAmber's Bio-SA bio-based succinic acid and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products' Susterra bio-based 1.3-propanediol.

“Flokser's artificial leather fabric has 70 per cent renewable content and delivers improved performance,” the press release added.

“It provides better scratch resistance and has softer touch than current synthetic leather fabrics made with petroleum derived chemicals,” BioAmber informed.

The global addressable market opportunity for these bio-based polyester polyols in artificial leather is estimated to be 330 million pounds or 150,000 metric tons per year.

While on the other hand, both, bio-succinic acid and bio-1,3-propanediol are 165 million pound each.

"We have been working for years on sustainability and have made remarkable steps, including making phthalate free artificial leather polyurethane systems for first time in Turkey,” said Ekin Tükek, Flokser Group board member.

“Working with BioAmber and DuPont Tate & Lyle has helped us to generate fresh ideas and develop new products that offer a unique combination of performance and sustainability for our industry," Tukek too added.

Babette Pettersen, BioAmber's chief commercial officer said, "This new artificial leather fabric from Flokser demonstrates the performance that bio-based materials can offer in technically challenging applications.”

“The artificial leather made with our Bio-SA and DuPont Tate & Lyle's Susterra outperforms standard products, bringing better abrasion resistance and softer touch," Petttersen informed.

Steve Hurff, vice president marketing and sales at DuPont Tate said, "We are pleased with this product launch in the polyurethane market, and we believe that working with Flokser, will drive market adoption.”

“This new artificial leather fabric is a unique product, combining renewable content with the highest standards of performance and quality,” Hurff observed.

BioAmber’s proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstock into sustainable chemicals for use in a variety of everyday products.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is a joint venture between DuPont, a global science company, and Tate & Lyle, a world-leading renewable food and industrial ingredients company.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products provides natural and renewably sourced ingredients that enhance product performance.

Turkey based Flokser Group is a global leather, suede, fabric and polyurethane producer and exporter and markets products under the Sertex brand for its fabrics and the Poliser brand for its polyurethane systems. (AR)

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