Lightweight leather is a great way to improve performance and benefit the environment

Lightweight leather is a great way to improve performance and benefit the environment

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The weight of a leather hide varies depending on how thick it is, how much oil it contains and how much air has been squeezed out of it. Often this doesn’t matter. But for airplanes, cars and boats, every gram saved boosts performance and benefits the environment. In other applications, like leather boots, shoes, jackets, motorbike suits, totes and other bags, opting for lightweight leather simply makes them nicer to wear or carry.


Why you should re-tan with Stahlite®

Automotive, aviation and marine leather applications must meet two criteria. The first one is to reduce weight. The second is to do this while maintaining the thickness and the inviting appearance consumers expect.

Stahl Stahlite® delivers on both scores. A careful selection of processing chemicals reduces the weight of a hide intended for automotive, aviation or marine upholstery by up to a third. Creating beautiful lightweight leather. This helps cut fuel consumption and emissions. Yet Stahlite® maintains the leather’s normal stability, tear strength and quality properties, along with its inherent lower flammability and increased fire retardancy.


Lightweight leather is better for tanneries

A further benefit of lightweight leather is that the production process itself is more sustainable: the Stahlite® re-tanning process requires less chemicals, water and energy than conventional re-tanning, and it produces less waste water.

The Stahlite® system also produces excellent color shades with clean, even dyeing and less-apparent visual growth marks.


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Lightweight leather is a great way to improve performance and benefit the environment
Joachim Henkmann
Global Marketing - Business Unit Leather Chemicals