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Deeper understanding of leather as a material

  • LANXESS organized fourth leather seminar for experts
  • New legal requirements for leather production
  • Use of chemicals and its risk assessment
  • Handling of odour and emissions of leather

Cologne – Specialty chemicals company LANXESS has hosted its fourth seminar for the leather and apparel industry at its headquarters in Cologne. In addition to the multifaceted aspects of leather as a material, this year’s event on January 10 and 11, 2019, presented the handling of emissions and odors as well as the current legal requirements.

According to the company’s commitment to better engage manufacturers, brands and other stakeholders in the industry to support leather as a valued material, the overall objective of this conference was to provide a deeper understanding of the leather 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, Dr. Martin Kleban, HSEQ representative in the LANXESS Leather business unit, gave an update on the regulatory requirements for the production of leather. The agenda also included numerous topics from external speakers such as “Reconditioning of leather to pass Cr VI limits” (Peter Erren, Erren Recondition/Netherlands) and “Biodegradability of Leather” (Karl Flowers, Authenticae/United Kingdom). Furthermore, Dr. Volker Rabe, Head of Technical Product Management for Tanning Technology at LANXESS, described the possibilities of influencing the odor of leather and how the emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) can be kept low or avoided.

The conference was attended by more than 60 representatives of leading brand manufacturers from the apparel industry and certification institutes.

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This company release contains certain forward-looking statements, including assumptions, opinions, expectations and views of the company or cited from third party sources. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could cause the actual results, financial position, development or performance of LANXESS AG to differ materially from the estimations expressed or implied herein. LANXESS AG does not guarantee that the assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements are free from errors nor does it accept any responsibility for the future accuracy of the opinions expressed in this presentation or the actual occurrence of the forecast developments. No representation or warranty (expressed or implied) is made as to, and no reliance should be placed on, any information, estimates, targets and opinions, contained herein, and no liability whatsoever is accepted as to any errors, omissions or misstatements contained herein, and accordingly, no representative of LANXESS AG or any of its affiliated companies or any of such person's officers, directors or employees accept any liability whatsoever arising directly or indirectly from the use of this document.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017. The company currently has about 15,500 employees in 33 countries and is represented at 59 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals and plastics. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World and Europe) and FTSE4Good.

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