The Legacy of LANXESS: Last­ing Leather

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Sea­sons change, fash­ions change, leather re­mains. Spe­cialty chem­i­cals com­pany, LANXESS’ Leather (LEA) busi­ness unit is one of the few sup­pli­ers pro­vid­ing the full range of chem­i­cal prod­ucts nec­es­sary for the man­u­fac­ture of leather: preser­va­tives and fatliquor­ing agents, dyestuffs and pig­ments as well as the tan­ning and fin­ish­ing aux­il­iaries. LANXESS of­fers a unique com­bi­na­tion of state-of-the-art tech­nolo­gies from its own re­search, as well as in­no­va­tive re­tain­ing sys­tems that en­hance the qual­ity of the LANXESS range of end prod­ucts.

Leather is a pop­u­lar, durable ma­te­rial. Lovers of ex­pen­sive cars swear by it, as do fash­ion and fur­ni­ture de­sign­ers. For over 1,000 years, the tan­ning in­dus­try has been pro­duc­ing ver­sa­tile leather prod­ucts. Mind­ful that consumers are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing aware of the im­por­tance of en­vi­ron­ment­friendly prod­ucts, LANXESS has been work­ing to en­sure that their sus­tain­able chem­i­cal process is easy on the en­vi­ron­ment, pre­serves re­sources, and are safe to use – all of which have be­come stan­dard.

As a driver of in­no­va­tion, LANXESS is help­ing to move leather pro­duc­tion into the future by com­bin­ing tech­nol­ogy with sus­tain­abil­ity. “In com­bi­na­tion with our world­wide, com­pe­tent tech­ni­cal sup­port, cus­tomers are able to process hides and skins into high-qual­ity leathers,” says Dr. Thomas Brack­e­meyer, head of the Or­ganic Leather Chem­i­cals busi­ness line in the LANXESS leather busi­ness unit.

The LANXESS port­fo­lio com­prises vir­tu­ally ev­ery type of prod­uct re­quired for the ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able man­u­fac­ture of high-qual­ity leather, and cov­ers all stages of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, from the beam­house (the tan­nery sec­tion where hides are pre­pared) right through to the fin­ish­ing. It in­cludes spe­cial­ties for the beam­house op­er­a­tions, in­or­ganic and syn­thetic tan­ning ma­te­ri­als, preser­va­tives, dyestuffs, pig­ments, and tan­ning and fin­ish­ing aux­il­iaries.

The com­pany is driven by a con­sis­tent fo­cus on in­no­va­tion and qual­ity lead­er­ship. Through the de­vel­op­ment and in­tro­duc­tion of ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly tech­nolo­gies, they can sup­port cus­tomers in their en­deav­ours to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity and future vi­a­bil­ity of the leather in­dus­try.

Twice a year, LANXESS presents the leather trends for the up­com­ing Spring/ Sum­mer and Au­tumn/win­ter fash­ion sea­sons, each with an 18-month lead time. In the col­lec­tions, nu­mer­ous leather sam­ples are pre­sented which re­flect to­mor­row’s trends in terms of colours, struc­tures, feel and over­all ap­pear­ance. This ser­vice is a valu­able aid so that de­sign­ers, pro­duc­ers and sup­pli­ers can adapt to future trends at an early stage, and pro­duce creative, highly fash­ion­able leather ar­ti­cles and trendy leather shoes.

For de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on LANXESS’S range of prod­ucts for the leather in­dus­try, go to

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