“As one of the largest manufacturers of chemicals for the leather industry, we consider the sustainability of these processes to be particularly important,” says Luis López-Remón, head of the Leather business unit. “Our goal with this project is to highlight how production waste from leather manufacturing can be recycled directly in the tannery. This significantly improves the sustainability profile compared to the conventional manufacture of retanning agents in centralized production locations away from the tanneries.”
The joint project has an overall investment volume of around EUR 5 million. It launched in January 2016, with almost half of the investment being provided through subsidies from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) spread over three years.