LANXESS event provides better understanding of leather
Speciality chemicals producer LANXESS recently hosted a seminar for the leather and apparel industries at its Cologne headquarters. This was attended by more than 60 representatives of apparel manufacturers and certification institutes. In addition to the multifaceted aspects of leather as a material, this year’s event – the fourth of its kind – investigated the handling of emissions and odours, as well as current legal requirements. According to LANXESS, the overall objective of this conference was to provide a deeper understanding of leather as a material, especially with regard to the use of chemicals.
After an introduction by Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, who is responsible for leather industry relations at LANXESS, a number of industry experts – including some representing external organisations – spoke on a number of topics, such as ‘the regulatory requirements for the production of leather’, ‘the reconditioning of leather to pass chromium VI limits’ and ‘the biodegradability of leather’. In addition, Dr Volker Rabe, head of technical product management for tanning technology at LANXESS, described the possibilities of influencing the odour of leather and how the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be kept low or avoided altogether.
The photograph above shows Dr Volker Rabe discussing how to influence the odour of leather and reduce VOC emissions.
This article was originally published on page 4 of the February 2019 issue of SATRA Bulletin.