Lanxess leather crust wins Nordic innovation challenge

Sweden
Published:  02 October, 2014
Lanxess X-Biomer

Specialty chemicals group Lanxess has been selected as one of the top nine Launch Nordic Innovators 2014. The company was invited to present its “Green Leather Crust” concept during the Launch Nordic Forum in Malmö, Sweden, on September 10-11. The forum’s objective is to unite global industry leaders and regional companies to identify sustainable innovations in materials. 

Approximately 80 applications on the topic “materials and textiles” were handed in from all over the world – nine innovations were chosen by a panel of experts.  

The’ “Green Leather Crust” concept impressed the judges by showing how the use of advanced chemistry solutions can provide significant improvements in leather production. “Green Leather Crust” includes top innovations along the leather making process: the X-Zyme beamhouse technology, Lanxess wet-white tanning system X-Tan as well as the recently launched X-Biomer biopolymers for the retanning process. “By combining these technologies we could show that in many ways a more sustainable leather production can be achieved without compromising on quality. This applies for example to the effluent load in tanneries,” explains Dr Marc Hombeck, head of New Business at Lanxess’ Leather business unit.

Launch Nordic is a global platform, which intends to bring prospective innovations to scale by providing access to capital, credibility and capacity. The Launch Nordic Innovation Challenge calls for innovations that have the potential to transform the system of textiles, fabrics and fibers to one that has a minimal environmental impact respectively that drives social equality. 

Launch Nordic is supported by Ikea, Novozymes, Kvadrat, 3GF, Danish Ministry of the Environment, the Fund for Green Business Development, the City of Copenhagen and Vinnova, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. Launch Nordic was created in collaboration with founders Nasa, Nike, U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State.

The Leather business unit is part of Lanxess’ Performance Chemicals segment, which achieved total sales of €2.13 billion in fiscal 2013.