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LANXESS brings X-Grade for leather industry

Dec '05
New X-Grade finishing system by LANXESS
Leverkusen based leather chemical maker LANXESS Deutschland GmbH has developed a new generation of finishing products for the leather industry: X-Grade is an innovative system that enables users to rectify small and medium-sized hide defects perfectly. Defects such as pinholes and cuts are eliminated with astounding success.

The result is a higher cutting yield. In addition, the new technology, which is based on microcapsules, gives a much more uniform embossing pattern, which leads to a very natural-looking surface structure.

The X-Grade system achieves its filling properties through the expansion of special patented microcapsules, which means it is essential to adjust the correct plating or embossing temperature.

Leather is a natural and exclusive product and as such must differ visibly from imitation products. This represents a major challenge to manufacturers of leather products and goods – especially in view of the increasing demand of the market for natural-looking leather while the quality of the raw hides is steadily decreasing.

With the X-Grade system, the quality of furniture upholstery leather, shoe upper leather and splits can be improved significantly. A real upgrade: corrected grain leather has a much more natural appearance. At the same time, the embossing pattern is improved despite the use of less loading finishing layers.

The proportion of usable full grain leather is much higher, with the result that tannerscan sell more square feet of leather per hide and reduce the amount of wastage.

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