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Innovative technology

In a research project, LANXESS has developed a completely new technology for recycling remains in leather production.


The Leather business unit provides an excellent example of successful optimization of our product portfolio in terms of sustainability with its Sustainable Leather Management program. In this program, Leather offers its customers in the leather industry a whole range of innovative technologies and products across the entire value chain in order to support the manufacture of sustainable, environmentally sound leather – without compromising on quality. The most recent innovations include water-based dyes for leather finishing. The Levaderm WB range is solvent-free, non-inflammable and not based on heavy metals such as lead, mercury or arsenic.


In addition, the Leather business unit has developed an innovative technology for reclaiming by products in leather manufacture in cooperation with the research institute Invite GmbH. The modular pilot system was designed in such a way that retanning agents of the X-Biomer brand for the production of leather can be manufactured from shavings and waste cuttings that used to be mainly disposed of and from vegetable biomass. This enables a tannery to produce some of the retanning agents it needs on-site in a fully automatic and largely independent way. This constitutes a major step towards sustainable production concepts. The pilot system is tested at the Heller-Leder GmbH & Co. KG tannery in Lower Saxony, another project partner. The research project was launched in 2016 with an investment volume of around €5 million. Almost half of its funding comes from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The pioneering climate and environmental protection technology was recognized with the German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment in February 2018. The Group won the award in the “Environmentally Friendly Products” category.


Sebastian  Röhrig

Sebastian Röhrig
Head of Corporate Responsibility

Phone: +49 221 8885 1099

Fax: +49 221 8885 1769

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