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An eco-friendly technology for leather manufacturing

Country of Origin: Ukraine
Reference Number: TOUA20160927001
Publication Date: 21 October 2016

Summary

Ukrainian scientists specialized in the leather tannery and tanning process have developed an eco-friendly technology for animal (cattle) skin and hide processing that facilitates the production of a set of high-quality products (wet blue, wet white, crust) as well as leather for footwear (working/sports/running shoes) and furniture. The developers are looking for industrial partners for licensing as well as R&D institutions for technical/research cooperation.

Description

The leather production processes have a high environmental impact, most notably due to
-the heavy use of polluting chemicals in the tanning process,
-air pollution due to the transformation process.
The Ukrainian scientists specialized in leather tannery and tanning process developed an environmentally friendly technology for animal skin and rawhide processing. The technology provides the usage of highly refined natural aluminum silicates and vegetable substances in the tanning process that allows to obtain a set of ecologically friendly products:
-wet blue, wet white, crust,
-high-quality leather for footwear manufacturing (work/military/running/sport etc.),
-high-quality leather for accessories manufacturing.
The technology can be adapted to the specific needs/tasks and production requirements
The developers have a significant experience in developing and implementing the technologies for leather manufacturing. They are looking for industrial partners for a licensing agreement, and research centres/laboratories for further development of the technology through a research cooperation agreement or technical co-operation agreement

Advantages and Innovations

Half-finished products can be reprocessed.
The different types of leather can be produced, such as:
-elastic leather (furniture),
-hydrophobic leather (military/working shoes),
-leather for special purposes (belt/harness leather)
The technology is characterized by high ecological compatibility and low production costs of half-finished products.
They are 30% cheaper than similar products existing on the EU market.

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Requested partner

Type of partner sought: Industry, University, R&D centre/ Laboratory
Specific area of activity of the partner:
-leather/fur manufacturing,
-research in the field of colloid chemistry
Task to be performed by the partner sought:
-licensing,
-further development and joint implementation in new markets under a technical cooperation agreement,
-study of colloid-chemical processes related to the animal skin/rawhide processing

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