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LANXESS offers solutions for leather industry at ACLE
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Sep '08
At the ACLE 2008 trade fair in Shanghai from September 3 to 5, specialty chemicals group LANXESS AG will be presenting a comprehensive range of inorganic and synthetic tanning materials, preservatives, fatliquoring agents, dyestuffs and tanning and finishing auxiliaries. The range includes premium products which reconcile cost effectiveness with environmental protection.

“The Chinese leather industry has been going through a difficult phase for some time now,” says Jürgen Hackenbroich, head of Marketing Asia Pacific in the Leather business unit. “Import duties, more stringent environmental constraints, rising wage, energy and transport costs, price increases for basic and specialty chemicals and disadvantages resulting from export taxes mean that our customers are faced with spiraling costs. We therefore see it as our duty to offer tanneries innovative products which will enable them to improve the quality of their leathers, save costs thanks to optimized area yield. ”

The LANXESS range of polymer retanning materials and plasticizers, for example, has an excellent ecological profile and permits the production of leathers with impressive fastness properties. The right selection of products can reduce the wastewater load of the tannery significantly and also cover a broad spectrum of technical properties.

As one of the leading manufacturers of synthetic tanning materials, LANXESS will be placing the focus of its fair presentation on its long-standing Tanigan range. “We have a large range of syntans with which we can meet the demands of the tanners with regard to fullness, firmness and softness, while our premium products and technologies offer not just technical advantages, but also economic and ecological benefits,” states Hackenbroich.

In Shanghai, the Leather business unit will be presenting its new Tanigan VR grade for the first time. An innovative, sulphone-based, synthetic replacement tanning material for low-vegetable or vegetable-free retannage, Tanigan VR is characterized by outstanding lightfastness and resistance to heat yellowing. It improves the grain tightness and has particularly good filling properties. This innovation offers the tanner technical, economic and ecological advantages.

Levotan L is a softening polymer tanning material that gives very soft leathers with a low specific density a very attractive appearance, a unique and pleasant surface touch and an excellent grain break after dry-drumming – the type of leather that is recommended, for example, for the automotive sector.

LANXESS's most recent development for the retannage is Levotan X-Cel, an optimal polymer mixture with an innovative technology based on expandable microcapsules. With a diameter of 5 to 20 µm, the microcapsules are small enough to penetrate into the collagen structure during the retanning process. The leather is then subjected to heat treatment in a vaporizing machine specially constructed to LANXESS's specifications by the Italian firm of Fratelli Carlessi S.p.A.

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