At Nekhii, tradition and innovation go hand-in-hand

04 March, 2015
Nekhii has five factories and 350 employees working with cow, sheep and goatskins. The company is certified with the Mongolian Eco Mark and while being modern, Nekhii remains strongly rooted in Mongolian traditions. "For a long time, leather production processes were a battle between quality and sustainability," says Chantsal Batsaikhan, manager at Nekhii. "Those days are over. Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ is an alternative, sustainable tanning system that creates high-quality leather. It enables tanners to produce all types of metal-free leather to meet standard product specifications and beyond. The fact that it is metal-free is one of the best assets since that is what all of our customers want and need."

Some tanneries are reluctant to change from traditional methods to Stahl EasyWhite Tan™, which is something Chantsal can relate to. "New things always take some time, especially when it comes to new processing," she says. "Normally you need to retrain the workers and so on, but in this case you don't need to. Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ works with the same technology as traditional methods, only with less processing steps. This makes the new method all the more interesting since it saves time and energy. As far as I am concerned, the most interesting advantage is that it is a more sustainable tanning system that meets the growing demands for more sustainable leather without compromising on product quality and usability."

Chrome-free and gentle on the skin
When asked about competing products in the market, Chantsal says: "The gains of Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ compared to the competing methods in the market are obvious. Stahl’s method is chrome-free and leather tanned with Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ shows an extremely high skin tolerance. The final leather also shows less prominent wrinkles and growth marks. Wet-white might be comparable to Stahl EasyWhite Tan™, but still it is not quite the same. Yes, it too is metal-free, but wet-white has weaknesses. Like color fastness, during processing it has to be cared for with delicacy and without metal hangers."

Meeting tomorrow’s demands
The switch to Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ is an easy one, says Chantsal. At Nekhii they did a trial version and they were very pleased with the experiences. "The change to the new method effectively doesn't cost you much. Cost-wise it comes close to chrome tanning, but because you enjoy many different advantages, Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ could prove to be very interesting. To start with, the system saves processing time and energy. The pickle-free technology means less salt usage, less pollution in the environment and requires less water treatment. Compared to conventional tanning processes, the amount of chemicals used is reduced. As a result, any wastewater will be free of metals and can easily be re-used and recycled during the liming process. In addition, the performance output of production is more consistent. As Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ opens up new markets I believe it definitely is the way to go for tanneries who want to meet the needs of today and tomorrow."  

"The gains of Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ compared to competing methods in the market are obvious. Stahl’s method is chrome-free and leather tanned with Stahl EasyWhite Tan™ shows an extremely high skin tolerance."