The fourth seminar aimed at the leather and clothing industry organised by specialty chemicals manufacturer, Lanxess, was held at its headquarters in Cologne, Germany, January 10-11.

In addition to the multifaceted aspects of leather as a material, this year’s seminar presented the handling of emissions and odours, as well as the current legal requirements. Over 60 representatives of leading brands and certification institutes attended the event. After an introduction by Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer, responsible for Leather Industry Relations at Lanxess, Dr Martin Kleban, HSEQ representative, Lanxess Leather Business Unit, gave an update on the regulatory requirements for the production of leather.

External speakers included Peter Erren from Erren Recondition, The Netherlands, who discussed “Reconditioning of leather to pass Cr VI limits” and Karl Flowers, Consultant Technical Editor for ILM and Director at UK based Authenticae, who presented “Biodegradability of Leather”. Dr Volker Rabe, Head of Technical Product Management for Tanning Technology, Lanxess, described the possibilities of influencing the odour of leather and how the emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) can be kept low or avoided.

From ILM