Leather Finish update

30 August 2017
At Stahl, we are continuously looking for ways to achieve a more sustainable leather supply chain. Our Leather Finish portfolio has been expanded with solutions that fully comply with the 2020 ZDHC MRSL goals or even exceed this standard. Our additions include a new range of Water Repellents that are both PFC-free and BTX-free. We have also developed a new portfolio of Milling Chemicals and a complete range of Upgrading Solutions. The highlights of our recent innovations in brief:

Milling Chemicals
Our range of Milling Chemicals add value and give leather items an unrivaled feel. Our solutions optimize the dry milling process and enable tanners to upgrade the leather quality to be used for bags, belts, shoes, garments and furniture. Furthermore, these products provide different effects such as softening, pull-up effect, milling effect and other special finishes. Possible applications for Stahl’s Milling Chemicals vary from all kinds of tanning and retanning to final feel agents and softeners for finished leather. Most Milling Chemicals are part of our Stahl Neo portfolio of compliant and sustainable leather finishes. These products not only already comply with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), but even go beyond this standard, targeting an even wider range of chemical substances.

Upgrading Solutions
High-quality raw material is becoming increasingly difficult to source as consumers and brands increasingly ask for premium leather. We have developed a complete range of Upgrading Solutions for leather that enables tanners and manufacturers to improve leather quality. Products are divided into three easy-to-use categories applicable from high to medium and fine upgrading needs. Stahl’s Aquabase, Melio® Ground and Mirage® solutions mask grain defects and increase the usable surface area, resulting in a higher cutting yield. The result is smooth, fashionable leather with a natural feel and long-lasting elegance. All solutions meet the 2020 ZDHC MRSL goals. The majority of products even go beyond these guidelines and are part of the Stahl Neo leather finish portfolio.

Water Repellents
With our PFC-free and BTX-free water-repellent solutions we bring product innovation to the leather industry. We have introduced in the market our line of water repellents for leather that are PFC free (Perfluorocarbon) and BTX-free (benzene toluene xylene). This technology ensures that leather items such as footwear and hiking gear are able to withstand outdoor conditions like rain, water and snow without compromising on performance and ensuring low impact for the environment. The waterproofing solutions are easy to use and can be applied by any conventional method in pre-coats and top coats. Moreover, our water-proofing solutions are Stahl Neo certified.

Visit Stahl at ACLE
Do you want to know more? Visit the Stahl stand at ACLE for more information. Our technical experts are glad to talk with you about our novelties for leather production. You can find our stand in hall E3, stand B07.
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