Lanxess sup­ports sus­tain­able leather pro­duc­tion

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views -

Af­ter

the in­clu­sion of NMP ( NMethyl- 2- pyrroli­done) as an SVHC can­di­date (Sub­stances of Very High Con­cern) in 2011, the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion is­sued a re­stric­tion on the sale of chem­i­cal prod­ucts con­tain­ing NMP in May of this year and also an­nounced a re­stric­tion on the use of NMP in con­sumer prod­ucts in the com­ing fall. Now, many leather man­u­fac­tur­ers need to make it trans­par­ent how they pro­duce leather items with­out this sub­stance. The spe­cialty

chem­i­cals com­pany Lanxess pro­vides the in­dus­try with suit­able al­ter­na­tives with­out the need to make any com­pro­mises with re­gard to the qual­ity of the fin­ished leather.

Dr. Martin Kle­ban, HSEQ rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Leather busi­ness unit at LANXESS: “We ex­ten­sively re­moved NMP from the leather chem­i­cals in our prod­uct range a long time ago. By de­vel­op­ing suit­able al­ter­na­tives, we of­fer a range of over 30 NMP-free binders for fin­ish­ing and en­able our cus­tomers to op­er­ate con­sis­tently with­out the use of NMP. We have been of­fer­ing so­lu­tions in ac­cor­dance with the REACH reg­u­la­tion for many years.”

NMP was tra­di­tion­ally used in in­dus­try for the pro­duc­tion of polyurethane coat­ings as a co-sol­vent, in or­der to im­prove the ad­he­sion and pen­e­tra­tion of the in­ter­me­di­ate layer.

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