Although modern leather processing technology could be considered “sustainable” today, there is always room for improvement. In particular, the use of renewable resources as basic raw materials for chemical products as well as the utilisation of useful by-products that would otherwise go to waste should become a stronger sustainability driver or key performance criteria for the future.

In a presentation and subsequent discussion panel, Dr Dietrich Tegtmeyer from LANXESS will outline a conceptual approach for a crust production which promises to give advantages in five major areas:

  1. Waste reduction and re-use of currently available by-products
  2. Reduction of TDS (salt), chromium, and COD in the float and subsequently effluent.
  3. Green Growth – replacement of fossil-fuel based chemicals with bio-based renewable raw materials
  4. Avoidance or minimisation of residues of restricted substances
  5. An “on-site/on demand production concept” to avoid logistics and maximise the re-use of by-products

LANXESS has developed this conceptual approach with the launch of several products/technologies all together addressing these five challenges forming their “X-Crust Technology” resulting in a superior sustainability profile for futureproof tanner.

 Tannery of the Future – Leather Forum

Following on from the successful event held during the APLF in Hong Kong in March under the LeatherNaturally! umbrella, International Leather Maker (ILM) has teamed up with APLF Ltd, co-organisers of the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) 2016, to host a high-profile “Tannery of the Future” Leather Forum taking place on Tuesday, August 30 2016 (1.30 – 4.30pm), the day before the start of ACLE, at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC).

Global leather chemical maker, LANXESS will be the lead sponsor of the event, which will feature some short presentations and two panel sessions covering different elements of the leather supply chain. The event is supported by

It is open to anyone connected with the leather supply chain including raw materials suppliers, chemicals and machinery, technical bodies and associations, tanners, brands and retailers.

Further announcements on the speakers and topics will be presented on the ILM, APLF and ACLE websites in the coming weeks.

For further information on the panel and delegate fees visit: and to register to attend: